The Champaign County Chapter, founded in 1924, has focused on conservation issues for east central Illinois; issues ranging from a campaign leading to the creation of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District in 1948 to recent activities such as road and river clean-ups and the assembly of fish habitats from recycled PVC pipe. In 1964, the Chapter constructed a cabin at Lake-of-the-Woods Park, which was donated to the Forest District. Monthly meetings are held at the cabin or at the Anita Purves Nature Center in Urbana.
The Illinois Paddling Council (IPC) was organized in 1963 and is a not-for-profit association of paddlers and paddling organizations in Illinois. The Illinois Paddling council is dedicated to promoting the safe enjoyment of all phases of canoeing and kayaking in Illinois, to assure access to the state’s waters and to protect and preserve the natural resources within the state.
Prairie Rivers Network is Illinois’ statewide leader in river protection, conservation, and restoration. As a registered not-for-profit organization in Illinois, Prairie Rivers Network (PRN) is governed by a dedicated board of directors and funded with the support of passionate members throughout Illinois.
The Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County (PACA), established in 1981, is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization created to foster and encourage the preservation and conservation of the natural and built environment of Champaign County and East Central Illinois. The Preservation Association works to heighten public awareness of the importance of Champaign County’s history and to strengthen the continuity between generations. Bricks and boards of old buildings are a tangible expression of the dreams and lives of people long dead, an entryway into the community’s collective memory. PACA is dedicated to saving the buildings where this memory resides. Our cultural heritage, which is represented in buildings, structures, and sites, can make a significant contribution to present day society. As the name implies, historic preservation seeks to identify and preserve these landmarks and districts for our use, education, observation, and pleasure.
The Sangamon Paddlers is a newly formed organization of like minded individuals who are focused on the conservation and preservation of our local Central Illinois water resources, the education of our fellow canoe and kayak enthusiasts and prospective enthusiasts and the enjoyment of the wonderful sport of paddling.