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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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Summer Day Camps
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2015 Trout Season Opens
Saturday, April 4, 5am
Lake of the Woods, Main Lake

The trout have arrived at Lake of the Woods! The main lake is now closed, but will re-open on April 4 at 5:00 a.m. for trout fishing. The boat dock on the peninsula will be open to fish from too! Until then, Elk’s Lake offers fishing at the preserve. Fishing licenses and trout stamps may be purchased at the Lake of the Woods Golf Course pro shop. Questions? Contact Hope to see you on April 4!

April Preschool Programs:
Nature's Disguises

Nature Play Pre-K
Friday, April 3

Natural Playscape,
Homer Lake Forest Preserve,10–11 am

Growing Up Wild
Tuesday, April 7
Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10 – 11 a.m.
This program is for preschoolers age 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! We’ll explore how animals disguise themselves and utilize camouflage. 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 March 31; (217) 896-2455 or

Exhibit Opening: Soils!
Saturday, April 4
Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
2015 is the International Year of Soils! Come check out the Interpretive Center’s special exhibit for 2015 centered on soil and dirt! There will be fun soil-related activities offered throughout the day. Free. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or

Springtime Herb Garden
for Kids
Saturday, April 11
Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Children will plant a variety of herb seeds in unique containers which they will create. The herbs will grow and produce interesting flavors to add to your cooking. $3 per child. Registration required: (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!