Laona Heights Sugar River Colored Sands Sugar River Two Rivers Ferguson Hartley Memorial Trask Bridge Four Lakes Pecatonica River Pecatonica Wetlands Crooked River Grove Creek Seward Bluffs Klehm Forest Preserve Severson Dells Fuller Memorial Cedar Cliff Indian Hill Hinchliff Memorial Kilbuck Bluffs Trailside Kishwaukee Gorge South Kishwaukee Gorge North Rockford Rotary Kishwaukee River Oak Ridge Blackhawk Springs Deer Run Espenscheid Memorial McKiski County Line Kieselburg Roland Olson Stone Bridge Clayton Andrews Ledges Hononegah J. Norman Jensen Millrace Isle Macktown Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve Headquarters


Bicyclists pause to enjoy the colorful fall foliage reflected in the lake at Headquarters Forest Preserve.

FALL 2014

New Look. New Vision.

Our agency has been in transition since the Winnebago County voters elected a separate governing board in 2010. New governance structure, new Executive Director and a new strategic plan completed in 2013 call for an updated identity. In February 2014, the Board of Commissioners voted to change the name from Winnebago County Forest Preserve District to Forest Preserves of Winnebago County.


One of the objectives identified in the 2012 strategic planning process was to strengthen the forest preserves’ identity by building public recognition through a visual identity that is distinctive from other environmental and outdoor recreation entities. Marketing staff set out to build a distinctive, bold, memorable visual identity for the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County by developing a new logo that would be fresh and relevant to 21st century audiences, but remain true to the historic purpose for which we were created. The brand vision of the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County is built around creating a top-of mind identity as the trusted steward of Winnebago County’s natural heritage.


This new logo, to be publically unveiled on October 11th, is a major piece of the rebranding process that will be implemented throughout 2015 and beyond. The new name, logo and other visual elements will be applied to public communication pieces in phases.  A new web site address is also part of the new deal.  You can now find us at  We welcome your input and participation as we continue to evolve to be an agency that is relevant and responsive to 21st century needs and challenges.

Fall For The Forest Preserves: Free Family Fun Day October 11

You’re invited to celebrate our new name and logo launch by joining us at Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve on Saturday, October 11at 12:00pm – 3:00 pm for a fun autumn event. This free event will feature Door Prizes, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Children’s Crafts, Guided Hikes, Fall Treats and a Treasure Hunt. Free 9–hole golf will be offered at Atwood Homestead Golf Course, and all the forest preserve golf courses from 12:00 – 3:00. Free Footgolf (played with a soccer ball) will be offered at Atwood Homestead from 12:00 – 3:00.  Reserve your tee time up to one week in advance.  Atwood 815.623.2411; Ledges 815.389.0979; Macktown 815.624.7410.

Footgolf Anyone?

Check out the new sport of Footgolf. It’s the best of both worlds- soccer and golf! At Atwood Homestead Golf Course you can play nine holes of Footgolf for $5. Free on October 11th from 12 – 3. Please schedule a tee time in advance. 815.623.2411

There are 10 basic rules to FootGolf:

1. Wear golf apparel all the time.

2. Your ball must be easy to identify.

3. Review the scorecard and wait for your turn. Make sure your kick will not interfere with other players.

4. The ball must be played in a single movement. Your foot should be set separate from the ball, clearly behind, before the kick.

5. Wait to play until the ball has completely come to rest. (It is not legal to stop the ball from rolling with the wind).

6. Kick off your ball from a position up to two meters behind the round markers (tee markers).
– The order is established based on the score of the previous hole. The player with the best score will be the first to kick off on the next hole followed by the second, etc.

7. Play the ball from where it lies: It’s not allowed to move the ball or remove jammed objects.
– Exception: You may mark the spot and lift the ball when it may obstruct the other players kick or ball in any way.

8. The player farthest from the hole is the first to kick the ball.

9. If the ball lands in a water hazard, retrieve or replace it within two steps from the closest land point from where the ball entered the water, receiving one penalty point, or you can place the ball at the position of the previous kick and receive one penalty point.

10. Only on the greens may the balls be picked up to be cleaned or replaced.
– Regardless of the distance from the hole, the hole must be completed. “Giving” to the opponent is not allowed.

Golftoberfest 2014


Monday, October 6th – Friday, October 10th

• $5.00- 9 hole greens fee (Atwood, Macktown,The Ledges)

• $10.00- 18 hole greens fee (Atwood, Macktown,The Ledges)

• $5.00- 9 hole FootGolf fee (Atwood Only)

Saturday, October 11th“Logo Launch

• Free 9 hole greens fee (Atwood, Macktown & The Ledges)

from 12 noon – 3:00 p.m.

• Free 9 hole FootGolf @ Atwood

• Trio Pins on Front 9 @ Atwood

• Tee it Forward short course at Atwood

Sunday, October 12th

• $5.00- 9 hole greens fee (Atwood, Macktown,The Ledges)

• $10.00- 18 hole greens fee (Atwood, Macktown,The Ledges)

• $5.00- 9 hole FootGolf fee (Atwood Only)


Please reserve a tee time –  up to one week in advance

✤ FootGolf players will need to bring their own soccer ball (#5)

✤ Cleats are NOT allowed- please wear gym/turf shoes

Golf car rental available- $8/seat 9 holes $12/seat 18 holes


Volunteer to Nurture Nature

We’re proud to protect the land, water and wildlife of Winnebago County, and it wouldn’t be possible without volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to learn more about nature, meet others who share your love of the outdoors and spend time in our beautiful landscapes.  When you volunteer your time and skills to support the forest preserves, you make a real impact on the health, beauty and sustainability of the place we call home.

We need help nurturing native landscapes and creating opportunities for people to learn about and  connect with nature. There many ways to get involved! Click here to read about the variety of volunteer opportunities in the forest preserves.