Night Event – members only

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

                                          Register here!   Admission is $5 per person to help cover cost and support the foundation.  Registration is limited to 20 guests per group, or 40 total guests.  This event is for ParkLands members

Bike Ride Volunteers

Help ensure our annual bike ride is a safe and fun experience for all! We need around 10 volunteers at each of two rest stops to accommodate COVID-19 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

4th Annual Bike Ride

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

Save the date for our most popular event!  Supported out-and-back rides of varying lengths depart Lexington, IL and follow the Mackinaw River Valley to highlight the areas unique landscape, including several ParkLands preserves. For more information and sign-up visit parklandsfoundation.org/bikeride

Volunteer Workday – Sweeney Woods

ParkLands Sweeney Woods Preserve Google Maps: M3G5+W8, Lexington, IL

Help fight back against woody brush invading the biodiversity of Sweeney Woods!  Involves some physical activity navigating unlevel ground, using loppers/handsaws, and handheld herbicide sprayers.  Please bring water, work gloves, sturdy shoes and long pants. Sign up to volunteer!   For more information: About Sweeney Woods About invasive brush removal How to identify silver maple trees

Volunteer Workday – Merwin Preserve

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

Help fight back against invasive woody brush such as bush honeysuckle and autumn olive from our community's most beloved preserve.  Involves some physical activity navigating unlevel ground, using loppers/handsaws, and handheld herbicide sprayers.  Please bring water, work gloves, sturdy shoes and long pants. Sign up to volunteer!   For more information: About Merwin Preserve About bush

Tale of Two Prairies

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

Two different prairies, two different ecosystems, one story of conservation.  Join us for a morning comparing two high-quality examples of Illinois' most famous landscape; prairie. Guided hikes will start at either Ridgetop Hill Prairie Nature Preserve or Letcher Basin Land & Water Reserve, and switch halfway through.  A hayrack trailer will be used to tour

River Event

ParkLands Hayes Woods Preserve MR5H+4HSecor,

In follow up to last year's popular mussel event, we will again explore the river for a hands-on learning opportunity about the Mackinaw River's amazing aquatic diversity at ParkLands' Hayes Woods Preserve.  Yes, we'll find mussels, but we'll also find darters, microinvertebrates, macroinvertebrates, and more.   This is an event for all ages! ParkLands volunteers will

Volunteer Workday – North Chinquapin Bluffs prairie

ParkLands Chinquapin Bluffs northwest gate

Help keep the invasive plant Lespedeza cuneata from further invading our prairie restoration.  This workday, led by Volunteer Stewards Frank Sanders and Suzie Rogers, will involve physical activity navigating unlevel ground, pulling and/or lopping of plants, and a 2-mile hike round trip hike to the prairie and back.  Please bring water, work gloves, sturdy shoes and

Annual Meeting of the Members

ParkLands Sweeney Woods Preserve Google Maps: M3G5+W8, Lexington, IL

                    Join us for our 55th annual Meeting of the Members at Sweeney Woods Preserve. Register here!   Agenda:  10:30am Optional Guide Hike 12:00pm Lunch (boxed or bring your own) 12:30pm Formal Membership Meeting, Year in Review, and Volunteer and Board Member Recognition   In conformance

Volunteer Workday – Letcher Basin

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

Help protect the biodiversity of one of central Illinois' best prairie restorations! We will removing invasive teasel before it goes to seed.  Involves some physical activity navigating unlevel ground and using pruners/loppers.  Please bring water, work gloves, sturdy shoes and long pants. Sign up to volunteer!   For more information: About Letcher Basin Land & Water

Rescheduled – Night Under the Stars Astronomy Event

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

Please note the date has changed due to weather.  The event has been rescheduled to Friday October 1st at 7pm. Thank you!   Experience the stars, moon, planets over the prairie of Letcher Basin Land & Water Reserve  while enjoying wine, fruit, and cheese included with admission.  Experts from the Twin City Amateur Astronomers will be

Indigenous Culture in the Mackinaw River Valley with Dr. Michael Wiant

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

A Mackinaw Cache blade and a collection of artifacts from the Mackinaw River ParkLands welcomes renowned archeologist, anthropologist, and historian Dr. Michael Wiant to Chinquapin Bluffs on Saturday, October 9th.  Dr. Wiant will pull from his extensive research on local Indigenous societies to present on the pre-settlement history of the Mackinaw River valley, focusing on