Our Mission

To preserve and manage natural areas and open spaces for ecological, educational and recreational benefits of present and future generations.

What’s New


Happy Spring! It’s time to get outside and enjoy the weather and we’ve got just the events for you. Download our Spring Newsletter here.


Bird Hikes

Tues., May 10th   4:00 p.m.   and  Sat., May 14th   7:00 a.m.

Join BCCD Volunteer John Todt for a walk to view the birds. This is the time when a lot of species of birds might be migrating through the area. Meet at the Lion’s Shelter in Spencer Conservation Area. The shelter is located near the fishing ponds at the end of the park road.

Wildflower Walkabout

Kinnikinnick Creek Conservation Area – Woods Road Shelter

Wednesday, May 4th at 6:00 pm [Read More…]

Listen to Dan Kane speak about the Boone County Conservation District

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Volunteer Opportunity

BCCD is in search of avid birders to assist staff in conducting surveys in our conservation areas! You don’t have to be an expert; if you have particular interest and knowledge in bird identification, we’d be happy to have you accompany staff in the field for an informal hike through high quality sites and project areas. All findings will help guide habitat management therein. If you’re interested, send us a message or tell a birder you know!!

Seed Sales

Seed Savers and Baker Creek heirloom seeds are available for purchase at the Boone County Conservation District. Save the cost of shipping and buy your seeds at the Roger D Gustafson Nature Center.

Proceeds from the seed sales benefit the Heirloom Garden Program.

For more information, click here.

Conservation Areas

Conservation Area Closures

All parks will be open to the public on Tuesday, March 22nd, except for the horse trail at Kinnikinnick, which is still closed.

2016 Long Prairie Clean-Up

Comcast to Sponsor Long Prairie Trail Cleanup

The Boone County Conservation District is now planning its 2016 Long Prairie Trail Clean-up for Saturday, April 23 from 8:30 am – 12 noon.

This year Comcast is sponsoring the LPT cleanup through their Comcast Cares program.  Participants will receive a free t-shirt and lunch. [Read More…]

Archery Hunt Qualifying

The dates have been set for Bow Hunt Qualifying for the 2016 season.


Saturday, May 7th – 8 am – noon
Tuesday, May 10th – 8 am – 4:30 pmThursday, May 12th – noon – 7 pm
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Firearm Hunt Information

Information will be posted online and/or on our Facebook page as it becomes available.