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Forest Preserve District Closes Forest Preserves and Facilities Dec. 23 Due to Forecast for Unsafe Conditions 

With dangerously cold temperatures forecast for the region, all Forest Preserve District of DuPage County forest preserves and buildings will be closed and programs canceled on Friday, Dec. 23.
The closure includes all DuPage forest preserve recreational facilities — parking lots, trails, off-leash dog areas, shelters, and fishing lakes — as well as the Forest Preserve District’s headquarters office and its six education centers: Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton, Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook, Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago, Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, St. James Farm in Warrenville, and Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.

“The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County holds the health and safety of its visitors and staff in high regard,” said Director of Public Safety & Services Scott Eisenmenger. “With a forecast like this, we encourage people to stay home to avoid hypothermia and frostbite, which can occur in a short period of time in conditions like we’re expecting,” he said.

At this time, it is anticipated that District facilities will reopen on Saturday, Dec. 24. In case plans change, please visit or follow our Facebook page for updates.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 6.2 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 166 miles of trails, six education centers, and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, FacebookTwitter, Instagram and TikTok pages.