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

New Year’s Day Hike

ParkLands Merwin Preserve SOUTH gate 20226-20298 PJ Keller Hwy, Lexington, IL, IL, United States

Many people like to start the new year with exercise, reflection, and nature. This year, kick off your new year resolutions with ParkLands Foundation on a guided New Year's Day hike at Merwin Preserve!  We will meet at the Merwin South Gate at 10:00 AM to start the hike! Please dress warm and wear comfortable

Hike with a Naturalist: Chinquapin South

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

Join ParkLands for our first Hike with A Naturalist! Starting in February, we will be offering guided hikes with a Naturalist through different preserves monthly! Join us for our first Hike with a Naturalist on February 5th at 1:00 PM at Chinquapin Bluffs South Gate (directions linked below)! Register for the hike HERE.  DIRECTIONS TO

Hike with a Naturalist: Hayes Woods

ParkLands Hayes Woods Preserve MR5H+4H, Secor

Join ParkLands Foundation for our March Hike with A Naturalist! Each month we will be offering guided hikes with a Naturalist through different preserves! Join us for our second Hike with a Naturalist on March 12th at 1:00 PM at Hayes Woods Preserve (directions linked below)! Register for the hike HERE.  DIRECTIONS TO HAYES WOODS PRESERVE. 

Hike with a Naturalist: Letcher Basin

ParkLands Letcher Basin Land & Water Reserve JRWR+VG, Secor, IL

Join ParkLands Foundation on our third Hike with A Naturalist in April! Take part in a scenic hike through Letcher Basin on April 2nd at 1:00 PM! (directions linked below) Register to join us at Letcher Basin HERE.  Directions to Letcher Basin Preserve.

Wildflower Walk 2023

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

Every year, towards the end of April and into early May, the Bluebells are in full bloom! Join ParkLands Foundation for our annual hike guided by local naturalists on a tour of Merwin Preserve's most vibrant spring flowers on Saturday, April 22, 2023! There will be four sessions of the hike available as follows: 10:00am, 10:15am, 10:30am,

Hike with a Naturalist: Chinquapin North

Join ParkLands Foundation on our fourth Hike with A Naturalist in May! Take part in a scenic hike through North Chinquapin Preserve on May 7th at 1:00 PM! (directions linked below) We hope to see you there! Register for this hike HERE.  Directions to Chinquapin North Gate.

Volunteer for the ParkLands Bike Ride

Help ensure our annual bike ride is a safe and fun experience for all! We need around 4 volunteers at each of two rest stops to accommodate  safety measures, such as separate food and water/Gatorade tables. Volunteers will handle all food and drink for the cyclists to minimize touches, while also frequently sanitizing the water/Gatorade

ParkLands 6th Annual Bike Ride

Lexington Park District Pavilion 304 N. Lee St., Lexington

Join us for our 6th Annual Bike Ride! For more information visit our bike ride site.  You can register here.

Musseling in the Mackinaw- POSTPONED

Our river event is back for another year!  Join us at ParkLands’ Hayes Woods Preserve on Saturday, August 12th at 9:00 am for a hands-on learning opportunity about the Mackinaw River’s amazing aquatic diversity!  The event will focus on mussels, but we’ll also look for unique fish, aquatic insects, and more. This is an event

Moon Preserve Work Day

Parklands Foundation Volunteer Opportunity at Moon Preserve   On Saturday, August 26th, join Parklands stewards at the Moon Preserve to help remove invasive plant species that threaten the efforts to restore the prairie with native plants.  We will meet at the Moon Preserve sign on Carvers Road at 8:30 A.M. It is located across the road

Annual Meeting of the Members

ParkLands Annual Meeting of the Members! This September 10th from 10:30 - 3:00pm. Sign up Here! THE MEETING IS RAIN OR SHINE!  The plan is to meet in the parking lot of our Lexington Preserve, near Lexington, at 10:30 AM to kick off the day with an optional hike.  Please bring long pants for hiking.