to the Forest Preserve District of Kane County


The Outdoors

Collage of forest preserve sites, programs and events

Since 1925, the Forest Preserve District has worked to preserve and restore Kane County's natural areas, improve wildlife habitat, and enhance the quality of life for all Kane County residents. We invite you to visit the forest preserves and enjoy a quiet walk, embark on a camping weekend, picnic with friends and family, learn about nature, bird watch, fish, golf, ride, volunteer, or simply experience the wonder of our more than 23,000 acres of woodlands, wetlands and prairies. No matter the time of year, there's plenty to see and do in your Kane County forest preserves.

For information about the Kane Forest Preserve Foundation, or to Adopt a Turtle, see the Get Involved section of this website.

See a problem in the preserves? You may Report an Issue via our website or smartphone. Download "Kane Forest Notify" from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Preserves are open every day, sunrise to sunset.

Now Hiring: The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is now hiring for multiple positions. See our Careers page to view current openings.

Don't get sick, check for ticks:
There are some simple steps you can take to lessen your chances of encountering ticks in the forest preserves:

  1. Wear light-colored clothing. That way, you can easily spot/remove ticks.
  2. Use bug repellent that contains 20% or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin.
  3. Walk in the center of trails, instead of along the edges.
  4. Treat clothing (not skin) with products containing permethrin.
For more information, search on ticks at the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

Big Rock Campground and Paul Wolff Campground close for the 2022 season on Sunday, Oct. 23. Thanks to all who camped with us, this year!

Horse Trails are currently OPEN for riding.

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in Your Preserves