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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.

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The Kendall County Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners approved a 2019 Pilot Bow Hunt Program to support monitoring and control of the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in Kendall County. This pilot program is open to Kendall County residents only. Participants will need to provide proof of residency in Kendall County.

Information and application materials are provided in the attached .pdf. The District will be accepting applications through October 23, 2019 for no more than 60-permitted hunters. A valid permit is required for participation.

The non-refundable application fee is $200.00.

The pilot bow hunt season will extend from November 1, 2019 through January 19, 2020 within designated forest preserves only. During this time, public access to designated hunting preserves is prohibited.

Applicants accepted into the program must attend one of two mandatory orientation sessions:

Session I Saturday, October 26 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Monday, October 28 from 6:00 to 7:70 pm

For more information, contact David Guritz, Director at, or by phone at 630-553-4131.

Click here for Application Package

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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