Explore the Preserves

The Illinois Nature Preserve system is a vast network of protected landscapes across the state. Owned by scores of agencies, organizations and individuals, the 607 preserves and reserves protect the state’s finest woodlands, prairies, and wetlands for the benefit of science, the public, and for the survival of nature itself. 

These lands, and their rare and endangered species, represent thousands of years of natural heritage and millions of years of evolution. They are crucial resources for the future. They are also beautiful and thrilling to visit.

Below you may explore the INPC site directory maintained by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources or use the interactive map to find a preserve near you.