The 555-acre Kankakee Sands Preserve was acquired between 1999 and 2012.
The preserve is part of the Kankakee Sands preservation system, which conserves more than 1,200 acres.
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Kankakee Sands Preserve protects savanna and wetland habitat.
A unique feature of the site is its sand dunes and savanna.
The preserve is home to a variety of plant species, including oaks.
The site is managed with invasive species control, prescribed burning and habitat restoration to protect and enhance its natural resources. Learn more about the District’s land management activities.
Amenities and Activities
Kankakee Sands Preserve features 2.5 miles of crushed limestone trail, ideal for the following activities:
- Cross-Country Skiing
The preserve offers a picnic shelter for rental (permit capacity of 100 people). Learn more about picnic permits and fees.
Programs and Events
Volunteer workdays are held throughout the year at Kankakee Sands to assist in management of the site’s natural resources. For more information, view upcoming programs.