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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:


Online Registration and Reservations
In May, we’ll be rolling out a new online registration system allowing you to search, register and pay for programs from a computer, tablet or smart phone! 

Our new registration system is going to make reserving facilities a breeze too! You’ll be able to browse and reserve our many facilities from any computer, tablet or smart phone!

Stay tuned as we roll out more details!

Register for Summer Camps
Registration for summer camps at Homer Lake and Lake of the Woods Forest Preserves opens March 1. Space is limited; sign up today for these popular programs! Visit Summer Youth Programs for complete information.



Reserve a Campsite Now!
The Harry L. Swartz Campground at Middle Fork River Forest Preserve is open for the 2016 season! Campground consists of 65 campsites that can accommodate individuals as well as larger groups. Fifty-three of the sites have electricity. Each campsite is a quiet retreat shaded by large oak, hickory and hackberry trees. Wildflowers grow in abundance. Campsites are available per night on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are allowed for stays of at least three consecutive nights.

Make a reservation

Preschool Program: Beautiful Birds
Tuesday, May 3

Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1011am ~ Register by April 29

Friday, May 6

Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 1011am
Register by May 3
This program is for preschoolers ages 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! Birds are fun to look at, listen to, and imitate! We’ll learn about birds in our backyards and what makes them different from other animals. This is a chance for parents/grandparents to actively engage with children as they experience the natural world. Dress for the weather, as we will be outdoors for the entire program. $5 per child.


May Day Festival
Saturday, May 7
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1-4pm
It has been a long winter and spring is finally here! Celebrate May Day and the beauty of spring at the Museum of the Grand Prairie! Experience traditions connected with celebrating the first of May, including dancing around a May Pole with the Champaign Urbana English Country Dancers, spring themed crafts, music, and more! FREE! For more info:
(217) 586-2612 or

Lake of the Woods
Golf Course is Open!
Book a tee time today!

Lake of the Woods Golf Course is consistently rated as one of the Favorite Golf Courses in Champaign County. It offers an 18-hole regulation course, a 9-hole Par 3 course and a practice range.

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. 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.

Questions about this project can be directed to