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


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.

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!


Holiday Walk 2014

  This Annual Event is not to be missed. Start at the Roger D. Gustafson Nature Center and follow the luminary path back in time for a holiday celebration the way it used to be!

Conservation Areas

BCCD Firearm Deer Hunt Program Information

See all the firearm hunting criteria and rules posted on the website for more firearm deer hunting program details.

Click here for a map of stand locations.


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

- November 21st to 30th
- December 4th to December 31st
- January 1st 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