Mute swan pair
Mute swan pair


The purpose of The Friends of Moraine Hills State Park is to preserve the local natural heritage and promote citizen awareness of Moraine Hills State Park. This is done through special events, educational and training programs, and acquisitions of properties. Because portions of the Park are dedicated state nature preserves, the Friends also assist in taking steps necessary to insure the continued care and preservation of the Park as a natural site.


Board Meetings are open to the public and held at 6:45 pm on the fourth Thursday of each month in the Volo Bog Visitor Center.

Registration for the 2021 Run for the Hills is now open! Click here to register. Runners for the 5K, 10K, half marathon, and walkers can find more information by clicking here. Hope to see you on the course on September 25th! 


Summer is here!

Join us for a guided bird watch, an informative walk with a naturalist, or explore the park for an adventure on your own. Check out the completed Osprey Meadow Interpretive Overlook with its beautiful interpretive panels! After you impress friends and family with your newfound knowledge, like it on our Facebook page, and/or leave a comment.

The Friends of Moraine Hills State Park offer two $1,000 Environmental Studies scholarships each year. If you are a high school senior who will study environmental or natural sciences at an accredited university or college, click here for the application.  Applicants must reside in either McHenry, Lake or Kane counties. The application deadline is April 30, 2021.


Looking for one of our nature programs?

Check the Calendar, Events and Programs tab for program times and dates.

Join us for Bird Walks and Walk With a Naturalist!

Click here for Bird Walk info. 

Click here for Walk With a Naturalist

Registration for most programs is through our Volo Bog office by calling 815-344-1294 or emailing us at

Check out our video about our amazing state park!  Click here to watch it; you'll want to visit soon!

     Moraine Hills State Park opens at 8:00 a.m., not at sunrise as noted in the general IDNR statement. 



  • **The Nature Center is open sporadically, pending the availability of staff.  When the "OPEN" flag is flying at the office parking lot, visitors can enjoy the exhibits. The center is limited to a maximum of 20 people, including staff. Proper mask wearing is required if you are not fully vaccinated against COVID19.

  • 10 miles of trails will be available for hikers, walkers, and cyclists as well as day use areas.

  • Boats brought in by car top can be carried in to Lake Defiance and the Fox River and both are open for boaters and fisherman.

  • Shoreline fishing will be open at McHenry Dam. Bait, boat rental and snacks can be purchased from Fish Tales Bait and Concession onsite.

  • 14 pit toilets open.

  • Flush toilets and handwashing available at Moraine Hills and McHenry Dam

  • Trails are open to walking and biking throughout the park.

  • Picnicking available at designated areas throughout the park (Must adhere to social distancing guidelines set forth by the State).

  • Picnic shelters are open for groups up to 50 people. Reservations are REQUIRED through

  • Interpretive programs (Walk With a Naturalist, Bird Walks, Osprey Watch) have begun! We will be following COVID 19 protocols, so don't forget to bring your mask if you are not fully vaccinated, and wear it properly. Thank you!

This is a trying time for all of us. We appreciate your understanding as we navigate through this uncharted territory. Please feel free to email the IDNR at with additional questions.

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