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Get Involved

Follow the link below for information about local conservation and environmental organizations such as the local chapter of Audubon Society for birding outings, and

the local chapter of the Native Plant Society

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Visit the Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve Facebook page to see what's going on in nature, program announcements, photos and more. 

Visit Local Natural Areas

The site locations tab is at the top of the page.

For other local natural areas and native plant restoration sites, follow the link below and discover places to go to enjoy time in nature.

Join the Kankakee Valley Audubon Society on their Birding Field Trips

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer for environmental and conservation work

For Current State Sport Fishing regulations

follow the links to this document

Outdoor Education

Local outdoor skills and enviornmental education programs, schools that teach out door education and nature skills  and website links about outdoor skills


For information on conservation and sustainability organizations, go to the link below


For information on conservation and sustainability organizations, go to the link below

Teacher Resources

Follow the link below for information on educational resources


The Forest Preserve offers a college scholarship is open to students who are residents of Kankakee County and who are pursuing a program in forestry, conservation, environmental science or a related area.



links to back issues of Woods of Wisdom

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” –Robert Louis Stevenson

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The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants and animals, or collectively the land ... it implies respect for his fellow members, and so also respect for the community as such.

  - Aldo Leipold, "Sand County Almanac"

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