to the Forest Preserve District of Kane County


The Outdoors

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, birdwatch, fish, golf, ride, volunteer, or simply experience the wonder of our more than 20,000 of 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.

Preserves are open every day, sunrise to sunset.

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


4/1/2020 Update: Out of concern for preserve patrons and staff, due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Forest Preserve District of Kane County announced a number of closures, cancellations and schedule adjustments, through April 30, 2020:

Forest preserves and trails will remain open during regular business hours, however, all buildings and facilities -- including restrooms and shelters -- are closed to the public. All nature programs, volunteer events, facility reservations and Committee meetings scheduled through April 30, have been canceled. Wedding couples and those with special-event rentals in April are asked to contact our facility assistants, to inquire about canceling or rescheduling your event. There will be no charge for canceling or rescheduling events originally planned through April 30.

The 4/3 Executive Committee meeting will be held by web conference and teleconference. The listen-only conference number is 888-585-9008 and the conference room number is 320-869-057. The public line will be setup in listen-only mode and microphones will be muted. Public Call-in Number: 888-585-9008 Conference Room Number: 320-869-057 For more information, view the Meeting Notice.

Governor Pritzker's Executive Orders underscore the need for people to exercise and recreate in public open spaces. We are happy to do our part, and will keep the preserves and trails open, as long as we are able. To be able to remain open, we ask everyone to please follow all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines: avoid close contact -- keep a minimum distance of six feet from others -- stay home if you are sick, cover coughs and sneezes, and frequently clean your hands. For more information on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Kane County Health Department or the CDC.

We also ask preserve and trail users to please follow Leave No Trace principles. Help keep the preserves free of garbage. Whatever you pack in, pack back out. This will help eliminate the need for additional maintenance crews, as much as possible. We thank you for your cooperation.

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