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’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.


Bird Hikes

Sat., May 14th   7:00 a.m.

Join BCCD Volunteer John Todt for a walk to view the birds. This is the time when a lot of species of birds might be migrating through the area. Meet at the Lion’s Shelter in Spencer Conservation Area. The shelter is located near the fishing ponds at the end of the park road.

Listen to Dan Kane speak about the Boone County Conservation District

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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.

Archery Hunt Qualifying

The dates have been set for Bow Hunt Qualifying for the 2016 season.


Saturday, May 7th – 8 am – noon
Tuesday, May 10th – 8 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday, May 12th – noon – 7 pm
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Firearm Hunt Information

Information will be posted online and/or on our Facebook page as it becomes available.