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


Just in time for the holidays – Here’s the all new Winter Newsletter!. Click here to download

Note this correction:

The date for the Heirloom  Seed Sale will be held on Sunday Feb. 8 at the Community Building in Belvidere, IL  lower level 10 am-5 pm

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 winter 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

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

The County Line Road parking area for the Long Prairie Trail is now closed for the winter.

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

The following conservation areas will be closed

- 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, Distillery and Ipsen will be closed on the following dates:

- December 20th and 21st
– January 1st to the 4th
- January 10th and 11th, 2015
- January 17th and 18th, 2015