Volunteer Workday – Cayuga Ridge Seed Collection

Meet at McDonalds in Chenoa 504 Hoselton Dr,, Chenoa, IL

  Collect seeds from a tallgrass prairie remnant!  We will meet at the McDonald's in Chenoa before caravanning to Cayuga Ridge, which is just north of Pontiac.  Please bring water, work gloves, sturdy shoes and long pants.  This workday will involve physical activity navigating unlevel ground. Sign up to volunteer!  

New Year’s Day Hike

ParkLands Kenyon-Baller Woods Preserve MR6G+M5 Secor, Illinois, Secor

What better way to bring in the new year than time outside?  Join us for a guided hike through one of our best-kept secrets.  Our New Year's Day hike at Kenyon-Baller Woods has been rescheduled to December 31st at 1pm due to a winter storm forecasted for New year's Day.   We’ll explore new trails and

Earth Day Volunteer Event

Join us for our Volunteer Earth Day event! We will be cutting honeysuckle on the Bunney tract at the Mohr Preserve. Honeysuckle can cause severe damage to our natural prairies. On our ParkLands properties, it is a constant battle with species like honeysuckle. Come help our land stewards, who work tirelessly, to cut back and


Merwin Wildflower Walk

ParkLands Merwin Preserve NORTH gate M496+HG, Lexington, IL

A spring favorite is back!  Local naturalists will lead guided tours of Merwin Preserve’s vibrant spring wildflowers on Saturday, April 23rd.  Four sessions are available: 10:00am, 10:15am, 10:30am, and 10:45am. Register Here!

ParkLands 5th Annual Bike Ride

Who would like to go for a bike ride through some beautiful restored prairie and woodlands along the Mackinaw River this summer?  That’s right! ParkLands will be hosting our fifth annual bike ride on July 09, 2022. Won’t you join us and support the ParkLands mission of preserving prairie and forest habitat along the Mackinaw

Learn about dragonflies and damselflies!

ParkLands Chinquapin Bluffs South Gate JVXH+C9, Carlock, IL

    Our annual river event is back as we will again explore the river for a hands-on learning opportunity about the Mackinaw River’s amazing aquatic diversity at ParkLands’ Chinquapin Bluffs Land & Water Reserve . The entrance is on the south side of the preserve and the directions can be found here.  Yes, we’ll

Chinquapin Bluffs Work Day

Saturday, August 20th, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  We will meet at the entrance to South Chinquapin. Click here for directions We will be cutting and bagging teasel. Loppers will be provided. Please bring  work gloves, and wear boots, long sleeve shirts and long pants. We’ll have water, snacks bug spray and sunscreen. Thank you! Please

A Little Celebration on the Prairie

Join us at Letcher Basin on October 1st for a Prairie Celebration. No need to RSVP this is an open house style event. Please see event details below including a tentative schedule beneath the flyer. Directions to Letcher Basin can be found HERE 10:00 - Hiking & Bird Watching Bring your binoculars and hiking sticks!

Lexington Preserve Work Day 10/15

ParkLands Lexington Preserve J5MW+8M, Lexington, IL

Join us for a public work day at the Lexington Preserve on Saturday October 15th from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. We would like to work in teams of two, to cut and spray. We will meet at 9:00 AM and walk to the area along the prairie by Turkey Creek. We will work on cutting and

Hayes Woods Preserve Work Day 11/4

ParkLands Hayes Woods Preserve MR5H+4H, Secor

Join us for a public work day at the Hayes Woods Preserve on Friday November 4th from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM. We will meet at the parking entrance of Hayes Woods at 12:00 PM, and walk to the area we will be working on along the trails. (Directions to Hayes Woods Preserve linked below) We will work on clearing

Prairie Seed Collection Work Day 11/6

  On November 6th take part in our seed collection and the last workday of the season! We will meet at 8:00 AM at the McDonald’s in Chenoa, then carpool to the collection site north of Pontiac. We will work at the site collecting seeds until 12:00 PM. Afterwards we will carpool back to the McDonald’s