Forest Preserves Open, But District Cancels Indoor, Limits Outdoor Gatherings During Tier 3

Forest Preserves Open, But District Cancels Indoor, Limits Outdoor Gatherings During Tier 3

Throughout the pandemic, Kane County forest preserves and trails have remained open during regular hours, sunrise to sunset, every day.

Tier 2 mitigations are in effect for Kane County through Thursday, Nov. 19. Tier 3 mitigations are in effect beginning Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.

  • Indoors: All indoor nature programs are canceled, rescheduled and/or converted to online-only, while Tier 3 mitigations are in effect. If you are currently registered for an indoor nature program, you will receive an email from the naturalist staff, with further details on your program. All indoor facility rentals, including weddings, are canceled while Tier 3 mitigations are in effect. If you have a facility rental during this time, you will receive an email from our facility assistant with information on rescheduling your event.
  • Outdoors: Under Tier 3 mitigation measures, gatherings are limited to outdoors only, with a maximum of 10 people. All outdoors program attendees must wear a mask and maintain adequate social distancing. Outside shelter reservations will be limited to 10 people, as long as social distancing can be maintained. Creek Bend Nature Center and the Barbara Belding Lodge are closed to the public. Volunteer Restoration Workdays are canceled. Forest Preserves will remain open every day, sunrise to sunset. We ask preserve patrons to Do Your Part to keep preserves open and safe for everyone.
  • Links to the full Restore Illinois plan may be found here. Thank you for your patience and cooperation, during this time.

Nature Virtually Everywhere

For those who choose not to come out to the preserves at this time, we’ll bring the Kane County Forest Preserves to you! See our “Nature Virtually Everywhere series of nature programs. More information is available here.

Social Distancing

Gov. JB Pritzker’s Executive Orders underscore the need for people to exercise and recreate in public open spaces.

“We ask everyone to please follow all Centers for Disease Control guidelines: wear a mask; follow social-distancing guidelines, avoid close contact, keep a minimum distance of six feet from those who live outside your home; stay home if you are sick, cover coughs and sneezes, and frequently clean your hands,” officials said.

For more information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Kane County Health Department or the CDC.

Public Meetings

Until further notice, all public meetings of the Forest Preserve District will take place at the Kane County Government Center. Click here for more info. To view slides or hear livestream audio of district meetings, visit the district’s YouTube channel at