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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:


Owl Prowl
Friday, February 12
Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 6–8pm
Friday, February 19
Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 6–8pm
Why prowl for owls in February? More owls can be found in Champaign County during the winter months, and for some species this is their breeding season. That means we have a good chance of hearing or seeing a live owl in the wild! This program begins indoors with a slideshow, then we will hit the trails to call and search for owls! Participants will get a chance to dissect owl pellets and take them home! Register early for this popular program. $5 per person; children 2 & under free. Registration required; (217) 896-2455 or

School's Out
Monday, February 15

World of Reptiles
Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 11am-3pm
Think warm thoughts by learning and doing fun activities about the warm-weather-loving reptiles of Illinois! Hike on our Turtle Trek Trail to North Peninsula to search for turtle spring and summer habitats. Afterwards, come inside to warm up and make crafts, meet a reptile up close, and more! FREE! (217) 896-2455 or

We *Love* History
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 11am–3pm 
Will you be our Valentine? Ever wonder why we send out and receive Valentine’s Day cards on Feb 14? This question and many more will be answered today! Activities will include making historic valentines, learning what a “lemon” Valentine Card is, and a contest for the best card. FREE!
(217) 586-2612 or


Sustainable Garden Series: Tree Diseases
Sunday, February 28
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2-3pm
We’ve all seen the effects of destructive insects and diseases on our trees, but can you spot symptoms of what may be lurking in your backyard? Monica David, Master Gardener and retired Illinois Master Gardener Coordinator, will share her expertise on identifying and treating common (and not so common) tree diseases that can be found near your home. FREE!
(217) 586-2612 or

Maple Sugar Days
Saturday, March 12
Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 1–2:30pm
Did you know that the Homer Lake Forest Preserve has a 200-year-old Sugar Maple Grove? People have been tapping sugar maple trees to make sugar and syrup for centuries, and now you can, too! Explore the science and the history behind maple sugaring, learn how to do it yourself, and even take home a sample of syrup made from our very own trees. This program is for all ages. $5 per person. Space is limited. Register by March 9;
(217) 586-2612 or


Construction Updates
The District is making improvements over the next several months to the boat launch and boardwalk area between Walnut Hill and the Natural Playscape at Homer Lake Forest Preserve. The first step is demolition of the exisiting structure over the next six weeks. To ensure the safety of visitors the main parking lot will be closed during this time. The overflow parking directly north will be open for visitors.

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