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Mission Statement
We conserve, preserve and restore natural areas,
We provide cultural, historical and environmental opportunities,
We provide compatible outdoor recreation experiences.

Phone: (217) 586-3360 | Fax: (217) 586-5724 | Email:

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Freedom Fest
Saturday, July 4

Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Gates open at 3pm.
This Fourth of July head out to Lake of the Woods in Mahomet for Freedom Fest 2015! Spend the day enjoying the preserve - rent a pedal boat and tour the lake, go to the Museum of the Grand Prairie, play golf, tour the Botanical Garden, have a cookout, climb the tower or go fishing.  Freedom fest 2015 will have Music in Motion starting at 3 pm along with children's games and food sales! At 7:30 we'll have a flag lowering ceremony and at 9pm we will light up the lake with fireworks. Admission is $1/person at the gate (kids 5 and under are free) and join us for Freedom Fest 2015 on July 4th at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet. More Information

Summer in the Schoolhouse
Wednesday, July 8
Museum of the Grand Prairie School House, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2pm-4pm
Travel back to the 19th century and experience what going to school was like with our time-travelling school marm! Much different than today, school children in the late 19th century shared a one-room school house with all other grades, and had only one teacher! Learn interesting facts or try your hand at arithmetic – you might find that school today is not so different. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or

Lake of the Woods Golf Course
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Junior Golf Camp
July 6-10

This camp is for ages 10-17 and is a more hands-on and in-depth teaching of the game of golf, its rules and proper etiquette. Limited to first 25 participants.
Camps meet at the Lake of the Woods Golf Course. For more information and to register, call (217) 586-2183 or e-mail:**ATTENDANCE IS NOT MANDATORY!
We understand that summer is a busy time. If your child can not attend a session, there is no need to let us know – we do not expect perfect attendance!

Museum Mondays
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10:30am-12pm

June 29: Picture This (Old Time Photography)

Playscape Monday
Mondays, June 1 – August 31

Natural Playscape
Homer Lake Forest Preserve
12:30 – 1:30pm

Join us for Playscape Mondays, each Monday from June 1 to August 31! A naturalist will be on hand with exploratory tools and/or a live animal! Remember to dress to get dirty. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or

Lake of the Woods Boat Rentals
May 23-September 7

Rent a pedal boat and enjoy the lake from a different view! $6 for 30-minutes.

Rt. 47 Construction Project
Road construction continues along Rt. 47 this week. One planned project is the excavation for the bike path along Lake of the Woods property.

Reminder that the bike path crossing at Buffalo Trace and Lake of the Woods is temporarily closed during this construction project.