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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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October Preschool Programs: Reasons for the Seasons
Friday, October 2

Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11am
Tuesday, October 7
Museum of the Grand Prairie, 10-11am

This program is for preschoolers age 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! We’ll study different weather patterns, and experiment to find out what makes rain and wind. 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 Sept 29: (217) 896-2455 or

Fall Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, October 3

Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10-11:30am
Go on a fall scavenger hunt and learn about simple and compound leaves, identify various trees and take a walk around the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens. $3 per child. Registration required: (217) 586-2612.

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

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

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.