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

Maintenance Technician I

Applications will be accepted through October 1st. Interested persons can download and complete an application from the website or stop by the office located at 603 North Appleton Road in Belvidere and pick up an application form.  The BCCD is an equal opportunity employer.


The leaves are starting to change and you can learn about our Fall events! The Fall 2014 Newsletter is online now. click here to download

Firearm  Deer Hunt Program

New information on the 2014-2015 Firearm Deer Hunt Program can be found here: Firearm Deer Hunting Program.

Entries into the hunting stand lottery will be accepted from Thursday, September 4 until Thursday, September 18, with the lottery drawing being held on Friday, September 19th.

Living History Program Cook

The Boone County Conservation District is looking for an individual to cook for our outdoor school programs. Programs begin in October and could run through end of November.

Click here to learn more.

Teachers/Scouts/Homeschoolers –

We are now scheduling for fall programs. You can visit our website for more information.

Please call or email to reserve a date.     (815)547-7935

We are a an official GSNIPreferred_Front
Preferred Partner of the Girl Scouts.


After School Birthday Parties

Click here for information on children’s birthday parties at BCCD!

Upcoming Events


Autumn Pioneer Festival

You won’t want to miss the 2014 Autumn Pioneer Festival on September 27th and 28th Click here for more information.



The Boone County Conservation District is celebrating 50 years of conservation on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Apollo Theater in downtown Belvidere.

Conservation Areas

BCCD Firearm Deer Hunt Program Information

How to Participate:                           

Enter lottery drawing September 4th through September 18th
Limit one entry per applicant per season (three seasons)

Where Do I Enter Drawing:
BCCD Administration Center – 603 North Appleton Road, Belvidere, IL
Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

What Do I Need:
All applicants must present a valid Hunter Safety Card/Certificate

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Conservation Area Closures

Fall and winter bring hunting to the conservation areas, so please be aware of the following closures:

The following conservation areas will be closed

- October 1st to 5th
- October 25 and 26th
- November 24th to 30th
- December 8th to December 31st
- January 5th to 18th, 2015

Beaver Bluffs, Rainbow Gardens and the area to the east, Ipsen Road, Kinnikinnik, Kishwaukee Valley (Bend), Picasaw Fen, Ballard Farm (Shaw Road) and Funderburg

Note: Dates listed as “to” dates are an entire range of dates, not just weekends during that time frame

LIB and Distillery will be closed on the following dates:

- October 1st to 5th
- October 25th and 26th
- November 8th and 9th
- December 20th and 21st
- January 10th and 11th, 2015
- January 17th and 18th, 2015