These sites may be of interest to ParkLands members and friends. Be sure to visit these sites to see what other conservation-related organizations in Central Illinois are doing.

JWP Audubon Society
The John Wesley Powell Audubon chapter of the National Audubon Society is an affiliate of Illinois Audubon. Our chapter area includes Bloomington/Normal, Illinois; surrounding McLean County; and parts of adjacent central Illinois communities. We take our chapter name from John Wesley Powell; 19th Century explorer, geologist, naturalist, anthropologist, ethnologist and teacher.

Mackinaw Canoe Club
The Mackinaw Canoe Club of Central Illinois is a not-for-profit organization of amateur canoeists and kayakers whose sole purpose is to promote the safe and responsible use of our navigable waters throughout Illinois and neighboring states.

The Nature Conservancy (Illinois)
The Nature Conservancy is a well known conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

Grand Prairie Friends
Reason to click: Grand Prairie Friends of Illinois is a non-profit land trust that is committed to preserving and restoring tallgrass prairie in East-Central Illinois by acquiring and managing high quality prairie remnants, propagating prairie plant species for prairie reconstructions, and generating interest in prairie through community programs.GPF was formed in 1984, when a group of citizens from Champaign-Urbana, IL, joined together with a commitment to preserve and restore tallgrass prairie in East-Central Illinois.

Ecology Action Center
The Ecology Action Center is a central environmental resource for McLean County, Illinois.  They promote a healthy and sustainable community through recycling, clean water protection, and practices that improve our environment.

Friends of Kickapoo Creek
Friends of Kickapoo Creek is a local organization that works with neighbors, surrounding communities, and other conservation associations to promote stewardship of this unique natural resource through advocacy, education, and monitoring.Purpose: Friends of Kickapoo Creek is an organization that works with neighbors, surrounding communities, and other conservation associations to promote stewardship of this unique natural resource through advocacy, education, and monitoring.Many of us live, work or play along the Kickapoo or its tributaries. Popular recreation activities include fishing, kayaking, hunting, wading, bird-watching, and photography.

Kickapoo Creek and its tributaries are home to a wide variety of animals and plants including: smallmouth bass, spiny softshell turtles, yellow sandshell and fatmucket mussels, bullfrogs, red fox, mink, wood ducks and great blue herons. Streamside woodlands contain giant cottonwood and sycamore trees, among others.

The Land Connection
Information and events regarding community based food systems in the Midwest, in order to connect people with locally grown, organic foods.Vision: The Land Connection envisions community-based food systems in the Midwest, in which every farmer has the opportunity to grow food in a sustainable manner, and every person has the choice to enjoy local and organic foods.Mission: The Land Connection works to establish successful farmers on healthy farmland, ensuring an abundance of delicious, local, and organic foods.

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation
The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation serves McLean, Livingston, DeWitt, Logan and adjacent areas of Tazewell, Woodford, LaSalle, Ford and Piatt counties. The Community Foundation helps connect donors with those causes they wish to benefit. It facilitates charitable giving for individuals and businesses, helps organizations with their endowment funds, serves as fiscal agent for charitable community projects, and is a catalyst for innovative charitable solutions to meet area needs.Vision: To help people support local solutions to local needs by growing and preserving permanent funds…For Good … For Ever.


  • To engage and assist individuals in sharing their charitable gifts;
  • To receive, invest and manage contributions, building permanent funds for the needs of our area;
  • To provide donors flexible, convenient giving options;
  • To be a voice in identifying community needs and concerns;
  • To be a trusted resource and catalyst for positive change.

Illinois State University Horticultural Center 

The Horticulture Center is a recent addition to the Agriculture Department at Illinois State University. It encompasses 10 acres and is located on Raab Road, north of the University Golf Course, and across the street from Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois. The Horticulture Center is also linked to Constitution Trail.

Illinois Wesleyan Archives

ParkLands Foundation’s organizational documents, including corporation records, minutes, correspondence, land records, management plans, subject files, and newsletters dating from the 1960s-present are held in Tate Archives & Special Collections at Illinois Wesleyan University. Contact or call 309-556-1538 to arrange a visit