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

BCCD Approves New Ordinance

BCCD Ordinance #98-A has approved the Long Prairie Trail Public Utility and Telecommunications Crossing Ordinance at their June meeting. You may download a copy of the ordinance by following this link.

BCCD’s Response to the GLBTC Newly Proposed Railroad and Utility Route

Follow this link to review the documents submitted to the Surface Transportation Board at the scoping meeting held on April 19th, 2016 at the Boone County Community Building in Belvidere, Illinois.  Otherwise all of the documents submitted can be found under the “Get Involved” tab in the top menu bar of this home page.  There is a primary heading and four sub-heading menus listed there.  Great Lakes Basin Transportation Corporation Documentation


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.


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.

Upcoming Events

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.

Listen to Dan Kane speak about the Boone County Conservation District

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Firearm Hunt Information

The firearm hunt information has been updated for 2016. Please click Firearm Hunt Information to see the current details, and to fill out your Firearm Hunt Lottery Entry, which is due by August 15th at 3:00 pm.

Firearm Qualification Dates

  • Saturday, August 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 (Noon)
  • Sunday, August 21st from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 24th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 7th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m

2016-2017 Archery Hunt Information

This information has been updated for the upcoming season. You can find this information here.