Forest Preserve District

The mission of the Kendall County Forest Preserve District is to preserve and manage natural areas and open spaces, provide environmental education, and offer recreational opportunities for Kendall County residents.

Kendall County Forest Preserve District is greening up! Help us to conserve resources by signing up to receive our Stepping Stones electronic newsletter today. Our newsletter provides updates on forest preserve district news, events, special promotional opportunities and programs, and seasonal nature notes to enhance your visits to local preserves delivered right to your inbox.


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Looking for summer fun? Registration begins February 1, 2017 for the Kendall County Forest Preserve District’s 2017 Spring and Summer Break Camps.  Our nature and equestrian-themed camps are wildly popular, introducing children to nature, wildlife, beginner horsemanship, and outdoor recreational activities.

Each fun-filled camp session features nature hikes, games, crafts, exploration and discovery. Camps are offered for different age groups starting at age 1 through 9th grade, with program offerings at both Hoover Forest Preserve in Yorkville, and at Ellis House and Equestrian Center in Minooka. Summer Camps begin the week of June 12 and run through the week of July 31.

Join us for our Spring public programs!  Registration is now open for the District’s Spring Programs. We invite you to explore these opportunities today!

Call Rebecca Antrim at 630-553-4025 or email to register.”

Kendall County Forest Preserves can now host your child’s birthday party! Parties can be hosted at Harris or Hoover Forest Preserves as well as the Kendall County Historic Courthouse at the Laws of Nature Center. All parties include environmental educator led activities, a craft, outdoor activities if hosted at the forest preserves, or indoor nature center activities at the Historic Courthouse. Space is also provided for gift opening, cake, and parent led activities. Groups of up to 30 can be accommodated.

Have a scout looking to earn some badges? We’re here to help! Kendall County Forest Preserve District now offers programs to help Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops earn badges. All badge programs will be held in the forest preserves and are designed to get your scout as close to fulfilling the badge requirements as we can get them! Most scout programs start at $6 per scout, with a $40 minimum. Two or more badge programs can be bundled into one day and troops can take advantage of discounts on bunkhouse and group campsite rates for the night before or following your troop’s program date.


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