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Special Use Permit Rules and Regulations

Thank you for your interest in Grand Prairie Friends. All preserve sites are open dawn to dusk for individual use without a permit. However, when an organized group would like to visit the preserves, we need to record this impact. Therefore, all group visits or special event requests require a Special Use Permit.


Groups that would qualify for group visit or special event permission include organized youth groups, student and professional class visits, community events, etc.


Individuals interested in using any GPF site for continued research purposes must complete GPF’s research form located on the website, along with the INPC permit, as necessary.  If you are conducting any research on any of GPF sites that are registered as a “Land and Water Reserve” or “Nature Preserve”, you will also need to submit a request to the Illinois Nature Preserve Commission here

Special Use Permits are not transferable, and must be submitted at least 30 business days prior to the event. For approval consideration, complete form and submit.

Please note, your event is not approved until you have received confirmation from Grand Prairie Friends. For questions, contact Sarah Livesay at or (217) 469-0289.

The Individual/Organization understands and agrees that it is solely responsible for supervision of the group/guests/invitees and for ensuring that all attendees/guests/invitees comply with all applicable rules and regulations.

The Individual/Organization understands and agrees that it is solely responsible for determining if the activity site(s) is suitable, safe, and appropriate for any and all activities contemplated by this permit.

A permit may be revoked at any time at the discretion of Grand Prairie Friends due to the misconduct of individuals in organization or for misuse of property. Future permits may be denied.

Special Use Permit Request
Select a Preserve:
Contact Information
Event Details


Earliest Arrival Time


Latest Departure Time

Start Time


Earliest Arrival Time

End Time


Latest Departure Time

Anticipated number of Organizers:

Anticipated number of Participants:

Anticipated number of Spectators:

Vehicles Expected:

Other Impacts (tables/chairs/etc.)

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