2022 Mudpuppy Festival & Sponsorship Opportunity

Our popular Mudpuppy Festival returns this spring! Join us Sunday, April 3, from 1 to 4 pm, at Monarch Events Center in Monticello. Bring the family for a Kids Fun Center with crafts, a "fishing" booth for prizes, and other fun ways to learn about nearby natural wonders. Want to sponsor this exciting event? Contact Steve Beckett, Festival Chairman, at 217-328-0263 or

Mudpuppy with Mayoral Proclamation
Mettler Woods Nature Preserve in spring

LCF Receives IDNR Stewardship Grant

LCF has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to remove invasive species at Mettler Woods and Charlotte & Dan Brady Woods, our two Nature Preserves. The grant is part of a new program created to increase much-needed stewardship activities in Illinois Nature Preserves and Registered Land and Water Reserves. The state received $800,000 in requests and awarded eight grants totaling $456,000. Photo by Melissa Records.

LCF's New Land
Acquisition Opportunity

LCF has long had a long-term vision of completing a protected Sangamon River corridor in Piatt County. This will require acquiring pieces of the puzzle to complete this vision. We are now pursuing the possibility of acquiring an exciting 16-acre parcel downstream of our Sangamon River Corridor Reserve. We will hopefully have more news to share soon.

Map of Sangamon River in Piatt County

LCF Creates Robert Feller Stewardship Fund

LCF lost a devoted volunteer and friend with the passing of Bob Feller on June 15, 2021. In August, our board created the Robert Feller Stewardship Fund to support the stewardship activities that Bob selflessly devoted himself to, from trail maintenance, to controlling invasives, to myriad tasks such as installing Hike App signs. Please show your appreciation for Bob’s efforts and help LCF steward its land by donating to this fund now. Mail a check or donate online and note this special designation. Photo by Beth Otto.

Bob Feller installing levee trail signage
  • Mudpuppy Festival (NEW DATE!)
    Mudpuppy Festival (NEW DATE!)
    Monarch Events Center
    Apr 03, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Monarch Events Center, 212 S Independence St, Monticello, IL 61856, USA
    Enjoy a family friendly celebration of the Sangamon River's coolest creature, the mudpuppy salamander, featuring fun crafts and activities for all ages.
Winter hike on LCF Bruce Hannon Levee Trail

Follow a unique raised trail to the Sangamon River and our floodplain forest restoration. Visit the Sangamon River Corridor Reserve near Monticello.

Floodplain at Sangamon River Corridor Reserve

LCF works to ensure a future with abundant clean water by focusing on rivers, wetlands, and groundwater.

Phoebe bird in east central Illinois

All creatures who share our Illinois home benefit from LCF's work to connect and improve natural lands and waters.

LCF freshwater mussel survey in Sangamon River

LCF offers opportunities to encounter nature nearby, inspiring wonder and a future commitment to preservation.

Coyotes, mink, busy beavers, a bobcat, and a bunch of turkeys! They've all been caught on camera at our Sangamon River Corridor Reserve.

Be part of our promise to preserve natural lands forever.