to the Forest Preserve District of Kane County


The Outdoors

Grey-Headed Coneflower and Bee Balm brighten the summer prairie

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.

Preserves are open every day, sunrise to sunset.

Prevent Tick Bites: Ticks exist year-round in Illinois, but are most active in April - July. Beware that ticks may be found anywhere outdoors. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) advises the following precautions you can take to help prevent tick bites:
  1. Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, boots or sturdy shoes and a hat. Ticks are easier to detect on light-colored clothing. Tuck your pant legs inside your socks.
  2. Apply insect repellent containing 10-30 percent DEET primarily to clothes.
  3. Walk in the center of trails, so weeds do not brush up against you.
  4. Check yourself, children and pets for ticks.
  5. Remove any tick promptly. The best way to remove a tick is to use tweezers. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Gently but firmly pull it straight out.
  6. Thoroughly wash any tick bite areas and your hands with soap and water. Apply an antiseptic to the bite site.
  7. Call a doctor if you develop a rash or fever.
For more information, visit the IDPH website or the Centers of Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/ticks.

Horse Trails are currently OPEN for riding.

Pandemic response:

Throughout the pandemic, Kane County forest preserves and trails have remained open during regular hours, sunrise to sunset, every day.

Aug. 27, 2021 Update: According to the latest COVID-19 positivity rates from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), Kane County has now reached a "high" level of transmission. Please be aware of the following operational updates:

  • Per Gov. J.B. Pritzker's statewide, indoor mask mandate, announced Aug. 26, 2021, masks are required when indoors, regardless of vaccination status, effective Monday, Aug. 30. For more information, see the Governor's press release.

  • See CDC health recommendations for fully vaccinated people, here.

Online Programs: For those who choose not to come out to the preserves at this time, we'll bring them to you! See our "Nature Virtually Everywhere" series of nature programs.

Public Meetings: With the exception of the Forest Preserve Commission meeting (which takes place at the Kane County Government Center at 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva, IL), all other public meetings of the Forest Preserve District take place at District headquarters: 1996 S. Kirk Rd., Ste. 320, Geneva, IL. To view slides or hear audio of District meetings, visit our YouTube channel. Full Commission meetings are live-streamed on the YouTube channel. Committee meetings are recorded and posted the following month. For more information on individual meetings, agendas and minutes, click in the respective meetings on the Governance page of our site.

Find Fun

in Your Preserves