Outdoor Report

Take time this summer to visit your local preserves and favorite natural areas. There are still openings available in our popular nature-themed and equestrian camps, and other seasonal program offerings. Whether it's camping at Hoover Forest Preserve, getting together for family picnics and special occasions, or watching wildlife along our prairie and woodland trails, there's something for everyone.

Hoover Forest Preserve Improvement Projects

Matching Grant Opportunity The Forest Foundation of Kendall County is supporting several forest preserve improvement projects in 2018-2019 with support from three grant awards from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. A $21,000 Community Stewardship Challenge Grant award will support clearing of invasive honeysuckle and buckthorn from the Hoover Forest Preserve oak woodland bluff areas, and help enhance the preserve's core prairie. The Forest Foundation of Kendall County is working to secure donations, sponsorships, and civic group participation to raise $7,000 for the direct 3:1 project match needed to complete the project. Work has also begun on a new hobbit tunnel and elevated water play stream feature at the Hoover Forest Preserve Nature Play Space with support funding of $5,500 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation's Amenities and Events grant program, and a separate $5,000 grant from 100+ Women Who Care - Oswego, Montgomery, Yorkville. These new additions will add on to the existing mud kitchen and butterfly garden overlook area completed in 2016. The new features will open in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Individuals interested in supporting these projects at Hoover Forest Preserve are encouraged to donate online at www.kendallforest.comto the Forest Foundation via PayPal portal, or contact the District's main office at 630-553-4025 or by email to kcforest@co.kendall.il.us for additional information

Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve

Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve was established in 2007, named in honor of Ken and Jackie Pickerill who donated their land and estate home to the District. The 100-acre preserve sits atop the Ransom glacial moraine overlooking the Oswego channel, and includes remnant oak woodlands, farm ponds, wetland areas, and tremendous views of the surrounding countryside. The District is working to complete the final master plan for Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve. This summer the District is also working to prepare an OSLAD grant application to match District funds to complete the preserve's entry drive, parking lot, trails and shelters, with the goal of opening the preserve in 2020. Thanks to all who participated in our spring master planning survey. Stay tuned for updates on efforts to open the preserve to the public, which will include a public hearing to review the final preliminary plan in July.

Little Rock Creek Forest Preserve

The District will be working on initial public access improvements this fall and winter, with the goal of opening the preserve's parking area and trails to the public in spring 2019. This new 135-acre preserve was purchased in April, and contains a 1.2 mile stretch of Little Rock Creek, one of the highest-quality streams in northeastern Illinois.

The preserve's oak woodland bluffs, seeps, and creek corridor contain a high diversity of plants, trees and shrubs native to Kendall County, with over 26 native game - and non-game fish recorded in this section of Little Rock Creek.