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


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Now Accepting Applications for Summer Camp Employment

We are currently accepting applications for Camp Staff – check out the job descriptions and get your application here

Seasonal Maintenance Positions Available

The Boone County Conservation District is now accepting applications for seasonal maintenance positions. Applications and job descriptions can be picked up at the Roger Gustafson Nature Center located at 603 N. Appleton Road, Belvidere, IL.

Summer  Habitat Restoration Technician Interns Needed

The Natural Resource Department  is taking applications for Summer  Habitat Restoration Technician Interns. Check out the job description and download an application here.

pondpackNew Discovery Packs Available

The Boone County Conservation District has created four new Discovery Packs: Birds, Into the Forest, Private Eyes and Ponds. These packs are available for check-out by reserving them with Tina Dawson at (815) 547-7935 or A deposit is required to secure your pack, but there is no charge for the use of the pack.

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!


The 2015 tags for the Hammertime Dog Park are available only at Gustafson Nature Center, 603 N. Appleton Rd., Belvidere, IL.  Hours are: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Heirloom Seed Sale


Heirloom Vegetable, Flower and Herb seeds from Baker Creek and Seed Savers are available for purchase at the Roger Gustafson Nature Center during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm.

Conservation Areas

Attention Bow Hunters!

Qualifying for the BCCD archery hunt will be held on:

Saturday, May 9th: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Tuesday, May 12th: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 14th: 12:00 noon. – 7:00 p.m.

(no make up or additional dates will be scheduled)

Kishwaukee Bend Conservation Area

9416 US Rt. 20, Garden Prairie, IL


Conservation Area Closures

The following sites will remain OPEN after November 14th:

  • Spencer Conservation Area
  • LIB Conservation Area
  • Beaver Bluffs Conservation Area
  • Gustafson Nature Center
  • Ipsen Road Conservation Area
  • Distillery Road Conservation Area

All other BCCD sites will be closed for the season.

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