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Gift Cards Now Available for Forest Preserve Programs, Permits and Rentals

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If you are wondering what to get for the nature lovers on your holiday list, consider buying a Forest Preserve District gift card.

Gift cards are the perfect way to treat your family and friends to fun programs and outings, said Lynn Kurczewski, the Forest Preserve's director of visitor services.

“We’re excited to be able to offer gift cards for the first time so members of the public can share what the Forest Preserve has to offer with others,” she said. “Gift cards can be given to family and friends so that they can enjoy fun outdoor experiences in the forest preserves such as camping, picnicking, or visiting the District's six dog parks. For fisherman, these cards make a great gift to be used for boat, motor, and kayak rentals; or for bait, tackle and snacks at Monee Reservoir.”

The cards also can be used toward the rental of camping gear.

“It’s a great gift idea for those who want to try camping but don’t have their own equipment,” Kurczewski said, referring to the District’s “No Gear, No Problem” program. 

Gift cards also can be used to purchase fun, sustainable products at the Forest Preserve’s visitor centers, she said. For instance, someone could use a gift card to purchase Plum Creek Nature Center’s honey, which is harvested from hives in the preserve.

Gift cards can be purchased at: Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Monee Reservoir in Monee Township, Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township and Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet. 

You can pick any monetary amount to load onto the newly minted gift cards, which are adorned with photos of nature scenes taken in Will County forest preserves. Also, funds can be added to a previously purchased gift card, and refunds for services and products purchased with cards will be reapplied to the gift card.

Gift cards may be used for:

  • Shelter rentals.
  • Campground rentals.
  • Facility rentals, including Four Rivers Environmental Education Center’s banquet fees.
  • Equipment rentals, including boats and camping gear.
  • Dog park permits.
  • Program and workshop fees. 
  • Donations to the Forest Preserve District of Will County. 

Gift cards are good for both in-person and online purchases.

Gift cards cannot be used for: police ordinance violation tickets and fees, land use fees, items being sold by external vendors or third parties, and independent contractors operating at District sites. The cards also cannot be redeemed for cash.


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