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Sponsorships from individuals and businesses help make our Mudpuppy Festival a yearly winter highlight for hundreds of nature enthusiasts of all ages! The festival returns on Saturday, January 27, 2024. To become a sponsor, click below to see suggested levels and make your sponsorship donation online. Questions? Contact Deanna Glosser at 217-725-5886. 

LCF is delighted to announce that, in memory of devoted LCF volunteer Bob Feller, his wife, Theresa, has donated 20 acres to LCF. The newly named Feller Woods sits along the Sangamon River in Piatt County. Watch for details soon, here and in our e-newsletter!

Map of Feller Woods to Brady Woods
Volunteers search for freshwater mussels in Sangamon River

A new video offers an overview of our protected natural areas and our work to maintain them; the diverse animals and plants that live there; and our hiking trails, volunteer activities, and special events. See how our levee trail handles floods, plus lots of great trail-cam wildlife footage. A big thanks to Roger and Cathy Inman, who produced the video, and everyone else involved in the project. Photo: Freshwater mussel survey in the Sangamon River by Roger Inman.

The Meyen family of Clinton has significantly extended the network of trails at Mettler Woods, west of Clinton. A full two miles of trails now lead into more rolling portions of the woodland, including the western area that was damaged by a tornado in 2003. These super volunteers even installed signage! Pictured here, Cassandra Meyen pauses at the start of the Valley Trail. Photo by Melissa Records.

Cassandra Meyen at Mettler Woods Valley Trail

Learn what's so unusual about the mudpuppy salamander, and watch our video of a mudpuppy survey in action at the Sangamon River in Allerton Park. Mudpuppies have also been found in LCF's Sangamon River Corridor Reserve. LCF's Mudpuppy Festival celebrates all of the wonderful wildlife and natural lands that LCF is working to protect  — especially the unique and fascinating mudpuppy salamander!  Photo by Alex Lourash.

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.

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