Watch re-enactors portray life during the 18th Century French fur trade era, then learn through hands-on activities how that time period compares to modern life at the 33rd annual "Island Rendezvous."
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The 101-acre Isle a la Cache was acquired between 1982 and 2014.
The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres of land.
Prior to the Districtís acquisition of the land, it may have been used by French voyageurs in the 1700s to cache the supplies and goods they traded with Native Americans.
Isle a la Cache protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, wetland, and a portion of the Des Plaines River.
Wildlife found at the preserve includes bird species such as the belted kingfisher and hooded merganser.
The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including black ash and chinquapin oak.
Amenities and Activities
Isle a la Cache features 0.12 mile of natural surface trail, ideal for the following activities:
Isle a la Cache features the Isle a la Cache Museum, which offers historical education opportunities for families, school groups, and youth groups. The Isle a la Cache Museum is open to the public free of charge. It also offers picnic, camping, and dog park permits for purchase.
Programs and Events
A variety of fun and educational public programs are hosted at Isle a la Cache throughout the year, including historical demonstrations and campfire programs. The preserve also features the annual premier program "Island Rendezvous" in June. View upcoming programs.