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Kankakee Sands Preserve
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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 of land.

Natural Resources

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 community restoration to protect and enhance its natural resources. Learn more about the Districtís land management activities.

Programs and Events

Volunteer workdays are held throughout the year at Kankakee Sands to assist in management of the siteís natural resources. View upcoming programs.
Kankakee Sands Preserve Flora
Photograph Courtesy of Tim Good
Kankakee Sands Preserve is located north of Route 113 and west of West River Road in Custer Township.

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