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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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CUAS Starwatch
Saturday, October 10

Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 7pm–12am
Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars. Meet at the Homer Lake Interpretive Center at 7pm for a short presentation by Staerkel Planetarium Coordinator David Leake. Then head to the historic Maple Sugar Grove to view the stars, planets, and more! Weather-permitting, the program will go until midnight. No cloud date. FREE! (217) 896-2455 or

Nature at Night:
Prowling for Owls

Friday, October 16

Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 6:30-8pm
Have you ever wanted to explore the outdoors by the light of the moon? Join us on a guided hike as we learn about nocturnal animals, night vision and more! We’ll learn a few owl calls as we search for the apex predators of the sky. This experience is one of a kind, and is great for the whole family. $2 per person. Registration required: (217) 896-2455 or

Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 17

Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 3-6pm
Spooky stories and autumn activities await you at the Museum of the Grand Prairie’s Harvest Festival! E$2 per person, children 2 and under free. Registration encouraged: (217) 586-2612 or

Bike Raffle!
Purchase tickets by October 30 at the following locations:
Lake of the Woods Golf Course
Museum of the Grand Prairie
CCFPD Headquarters
Homer Lake Interpretive Center
Middle Fork River Campground
Cycles Plus
Kennekuk County Park

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.