As an organization, we at Friends are devoted to helping people protect special places. These sites, protected as nature preserves and land and water reserves, are home to our state’s finest woodlands, prairies, wetlands, and biodiversity.

Below are a few ways you can begin to discover, enjoy, and support the vast network of our beloved nature preserves. Additionally, you can also view a gallery of images highlighting just a sample of the impressive biodiversity protected within the Illinois Nature Preserve System, with photography generously provided by Michael Jeffords and Susan Post.

Explore the Preserves

Owned by scores of agencies, organizations and individuals, the Illinois Nature Preserves protect the state’s finest woodlands, prairies, and wetlands for people, science, and nature.

Nature Preserve News

Check out the the latest news stories highlighting the dedicated volunteers and incredible biodiversity of the Illinois Nature Preserves!