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Mission Statement
We are stewards of our county's natural and historic resources through conservation, education and the compatible outdoor recreation experiences we provide at Champaign County's Forest Preserves.

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

…To Grandmother's House We Go!
Saturday, December 6

Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve,
2 – 5 p.m.

Join us for our annual Christmas program, where children can make, wrap and take home presents and ornaments for their families and friends. FREE. Registration encouraged; (217) 586-2612 or


Homer for the Holidays
Saturday, December 13

Salt Fork Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve,
2 – 4 p.m.
Join us at Homer Lake for our natural approach to creating unique holiday gifts. Stations will be set up for children to make, wrap, and take home presents and ornaments for their families and friends. You can also help us create treats to decorate the trees outside of the Interpretive Center as our gift to the wildlife that call this preserve home. There’s no place like Homer for the holidays! Come and go at your convenience during program hours. FREE. For info: (217) 896-2455 or

2-Person Indoor Golf League
December 1, 2014 thru March 8, 2015
Lake of the Woods Golf Course Clubhouse
Format: - Different 2-Man Game each week! (i.e. Better Ball, Alt. Shot, Scramble, Skins, Total Combined Score)
Eligibility: - Open to all golfers, all abilities!
Entry Fee - $300/Team ($12.50 per week) plus weekly prize fund ($5.00 per player)
Scoring: Handicaps will be determined by Staff

The course and course conditions will be pre-determined and will be setup on the simulator by the staff prior to your tee time. You can play anytime throughout the week. League week runs Monday through Sunday. A team TEE TIME is required.

Remarkable Reptiles
Monday, December 22

Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 1 – 2 p.m.
Join a naturalist for a close-up look at our resident snake & turtles. Learn their natural and personal histories. $2 per person; children 2 and under are FREE. Registration required; (217) 896-2455 or