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

Request for Bids

Boone County Conservation District invites agricultural producers to bid on the rental of 155.31 acres of cropland located in Boone County 1 mile south of Garden Prairie, within the boundaries of the Sewell Conservation area.  Bid deadline is at 9:00 am, Friday March 31, 2017. Please call 815-547-7935 for bid specifications. Office hours are 8:00am-12:00 noon and 1:00pm-4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Upcoming Bird Hikes

Check out our upcoming Bird Hike Series – March 25th, April 29th and June 3rd. Space is limited, so register early for your spot.

Click here for details!


Internship Available

Boone County Conservation District is taking applications for Natural Areas Summer Intern position. Applications are available at 603 N Appleton Rd. Belvidere and online Application open till positions are filled. E.O.E.

Sign Up for the Long Prairie Trail Cleanup

Archery Hunt Qualifying

Attention Bow Hunters!

Qualifying for the BCCD Archery Hunt will be held on:

Saturday, May 6th — 8 am to 12 noon
Tuesday, May 9th — 8 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday, May 11th — 12 noon to 7 pm

No make up or additional dates will be scheduled.

Kishwaukee Valley Conservation Area, 9416 US Rt. 20, Garden Prairie, IL

Conservation Areas

Conservation Area Closures


Hunting has concluded for the season at Distillery, Ipsen Road, Newburg Village, Lib and Beaver Bluffs

Kinnikinnick, Piscasaw Fen, Sewell and Kishwaukee Valley:

Beginning November 15th, these areas will be seasonally closed to the general public and will re-open in the spring. Hunting has concluded for the season.


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.