The 335 acre hardwood forest and 8 acre restored prairie along the Vermilion River in Livingston County offers a variety of outdoor experiences for all seasons.


The woods were originally used as a scout camp and countywide picnic area. In 1975 Joseph K. Jobst and the trust began to develop Humiston Woods Nature Center as an outdoor classroom. The woods has over 160 varieties of native plants and accompanying wildlife to enjoy. It has evolved into a unique natural retreat for families and groups. School programs, meetings, services, reunions and weddings are among activities scheduled annually at HWNC.


The Nature Center offers 7 trails, 2 pavilions, 4 picnic areas, a fishing pond, a canoe dock and includes 3 handicapped accessible areas. Latrines are located near the parking lot and both pavilions. Overnight camping is restricted to scout troops only.


The Joseph K. Jobst Education building was constructed in 2007 to honor Joe’s vision and 30 years of dedicated service as Director of the Humiston Woods Nature Center.

It is available by appointment for school groups, meetings and workshops.

For additional information, or to schedule an event, please contact Ed Lipinski, Director of HWNC at 1-815-844-5831  Or email us via our contact page