The Forest Preserve District of Will County was created by referendum on July 25, 1927, to preserve open spaces in Will County, Illinois, US. The first land acquisition was in 1930. , the District owns or manages of land. Current Will County board members make up a board of commissioners, which oversees the affairs of the Forest Preserve District.
Forest and nature preserves
The Forest Preserve District of Will County owns or manages land in 70 forest preserves, including 10 designated as Illinois Nature Preserves for their rare natural features. Many preserves offer amenities such as picnic shelters, campsites, canoe/kayak/boat launches, fishing access, ice skating ponds, playgrounds, and sled hills. The Forest Preserve District also operates three off-leash dog parks, which require a permit for use.
Nature preserves are not the only protected areas in Will County. Channahon State Park and Midewin National