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Post Date:03/17/2020 1:00 AM

March 16, 2020

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

David Guritz, Executive Director

Direct: 630-553-4131



Kendall County Forest Preserve District COVID-19

(Coronavirus Response)


Kendall County Forest Preserve District has finalized its COVID-19 response.

All forest preserves will remain open to the public as posted.  All public washroom areas have been closed as a measure to protect public health and worker safety.

The Laws of Nature Museum located at the Kendall County Historic Courthouse is closed until further notice.

The District asks that the public limit as much as possible visits to the Kendall County Historic Courthouse at this time, however, District staff contact information regarding all programs and services is provided below.

All events, rentals, and public program services are hereby cancelled, suspended, or will be otherwise rescheduled through May 15, 2020.  This includes, but is not necessarily limited to the following:

All education program services including the Natural Beginnings Early Learning Program; all school field trips and announced nature programs; all spring break camps.

All Ellis House and Equestrian Center horsemanship programs and facility rentals.

All Hoover Forest Preserve facility rentals including use of Meadowhawk Lodge, bunkhouse rentals, and campsite rentals.

All picnic shelter rentals within all forest preserve locations, including Harris Forest Preserve.

Kendall County Historic Courthouse rentals for all internal and external meetings and events.

The District will be reaching out to all clients to offer rescheduling options and/or refunds for program services taking place through May 15, 2020.

The District will continue to accept and process registrations for all public program services extending past May 15, 2020, including the following:

Facility rentals for Hoover Forest Preserve (Meadowhawk Lodge; bunkhouses; group campsites).

Facility rentals for Ellis House and Equestrian Center (Ellis House and event venue space).

Nature and equestrian summer camp programming; horsemanship lessons; birthday party programs, and scout programs.

All other forest preserve shelter rentals.

For registrations, reservations and permit requests for dates extending past May 15, 2020, please contact the District using the contact information provided below:

For shelter and facility rentals at Hoover, Harris, and other Kendall County Forest Preserves other than Ellis House and Equestrian Center:  Phone (630) 553-4025, fax (630) 553-4023, or email at

For facility rentals and equestrian program services at Ellis House and Equestrian Center:  Phone (815) 475-4035, fax (815) 475-4105, or email at (Equestrian Programs) (Facility Rentals).

For Environmental Education Educational Program Services: Phone (630) 553-2292, fax (630) 553-4023, or email at

As a reminder, for public safety the District strongly recommends washing your hands with soap for at least 20-seconds prior to visiting your local preserves, including bringing your own hand sanitizer when visiting preserves where there is no soap or running water.

The District will provide additional changes and updates as the Kendall County emergency response develops as necessary to protect public safety.


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