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

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Archaeology Lecture Series
Sunday, May 3
Use of Animals at French Colonial Archaeological sites in Midwest
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2-3pm
Presenter: Dr. Terry Martin, Illinois State Museum
Although modern practices suggest recording a food-selfie of each plateful, past residents of Illinois rarely left written records of their meals. Archaeological investigations at French-colonial and post-colonial sites in the Upper Great Lakes and Mississippi Valley give researchers insights into the types of animals being used by early European settlers for food and other necessities. These sites form a complex network of food-based interactions. Examinations of both small villages and forts (including Ouiatenon in the Wabash Valley of Indiana) reveal details about life both in European settlements and in areas of close interaction with local Native American populations. This evidence helps illuminate foodways at French heritage sites beyond the information in the documentary record. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or 

Preschool Programs for May
Nature Play PreK:Friday, May 1
Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11pm
Growing Up Wild: Tuesday, May 5
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10-11am
This program is for preschoolers age 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! Join us as we search for frogs and toads, listen to their calls, and learn about how they live. 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.
Register by: April 28; (217) 896-2455 or

May Day Festival
Saturday, May 2

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 traditional May Pole dances, spring themed crafts, music, and more! FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or 

Lake of the Woods Golf Course is Open!
Play Better Golf, Enjoy Better Service

Lake of the Woods Golf Course is now open for the 2015 season! We offer lots to choose from: play 18-holes, 9-hole Par 3, Footgolf and Simulator play until March 31!