Visitor Activities


Oak savanna habitat like that found at Kankakee NWR and Conservation Area provides ideal habitat for wild turkeys.

  • Hunting

    Photo of a deer with antlers.

    Hunting is part of a longstanding tradition on public lands within the National Wildlife Refuge System, including at Kankakee NWR, and helps us manage wildlife populations at healthy and sustainable levels.

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  • Wildlife Viewing

    Photo of a child using binoculars to view wildlife.

    Oak savanna like that at Kankakee NWR is a great place to watch an abundance of woodpeckers and other cavity-nesting birds, as well as wildlife like deer and turkey. Check out how birding and other wildlife observation is an important part of national wildlife refuges.

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  • Interpretation

    Photo of two FWS employees offering wildlife interpretation to kids.

    Refuge lands across the country provide visitors opportunities to make their own connections to the natural world. Self-guided hikes and staff-led programs help visitors learn more about the wildlife and habitats behind the landscapes. Stay tuned for more information!

  • Environmental Education

    Photo of a young girl learning how to hold a monarch butterfly properly.

    Refuge lands provide public outdoor classroom spaces where staff and volunteers are able to teach young learners about their natural environment. Currently, staff at Kankakee NWR are working hard to develop the capacity for these activities. Stay tuned for more information.

  • Photography

    Photo of a visitor taking photos with a long lens.

    Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife, and refuge lands naturally are at the top of the list. Kankakee offers excellent opportunities for beginning and expert photographers alike.