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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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Join us for our Spring Break and Summer CampsRegistration is now open for the Kendall County Forest Preserve District’s Spring Break and Summer Camps! Our nature and equestrian themed camps are wildly popular, introducing children to nature, wildlife, and outdoor recreational activities.

Each fun-filled camp session features nature hikes, games, crafts, exploration and discovery. Camps are offered at Hoover Forest Preserve in Yorkville and Ellis House and Equestrian Center in Minooka.

How to Register:

  1. Fill out and return the required forms and payment at least two weeks before the camp begins. See address on form.
  2. Your child’s spot will not be reserved until all forms and payment are received.
  3. If you have questions about a nature camp contact Emily at 630-553-2292 or email
    If you have questions about an equestrian camp contact Nicole at 815-475-4035 or email

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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