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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

We are excited to offer online registration and facilities reservations! Live by your schedule, not ours. Sign up for an activity, and reserve facilities, all from your computer or mobile device at any time of the day or night – whenever it is convenient for you.

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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. Paper registrations only for the summer camps. Registration form



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.

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Take Me Fishing
Saturday, May 28

Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve,

Bring your family and friends out to the forest preserves for some free fishing fun! Kids will have the chance to win awards for the Most Fish, the Biggest Fish, and the Good Sport Award! Basic fishing instruction will be available to beginners. Cane poles and bait are available to use, but you are welcome to bring your own. The Illinois fishing license requirement has been waived for this event; all fishing is catch-and-release. Adult supervision of children 15 and under is required. FREE. For more info:
(217) 896-2455 or


June Preschool Programs
Nature Play PreK ~ Friday, June 3
Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11am
Growing Up Wild ~ Tuesday, June 7

Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1011am
This program is for preschoolers ages 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! Would you rather have claws or wings? Learn about how adaptations allow animals to survive in the wild, and what adaptations we have! 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 June 3; (217) 896-2455 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