Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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    Get Outside this Summer!

    Check out the Just for Kids page for scavenger hunts and other activities you can do in your backyard or at the refuge.

    Just For Kids

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    Find a Baby Bird? What Next?

    Have you been to the refuge or working in your yard lately and noticed a baby bird that can't fly? Are you wondering what you should do?

    Learn more

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    Monarchs Are Back!

    Monarchs are once again migrating through the area. As they arrive in your area look for eggs and caterpillars.

    Report Your Sightings

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    Annual Illinois Jr. Duck Stamp Contest

    The annual Junior Duck Stamp Contest integrates art and science in a hands-on learning experience and chance to contribute to conservation.

    Learn more


Meet the Manager

Meet Todd Boonstra, refuge manager for Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. Todd picked up the mantle as the project leader for both Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area and Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in late 2018 and brings hands-on experience to the job.

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Banking on Nature

National Wildlife Refuges bring more to you than watchable wildlife; they're also good for the economy!

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Visit the Refuge

Explore the great outdoors and diversity of wildlife at the Kolar Savanna Unit within the Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. From hiking to hunting, there's plenty to enjoy. Start planning your Kankakee trip today!

Plan Your Visit

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS