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

Living History Program Cook

The Boone County Conservation District is looking for an individual to cook for our outdoor school programs. Programs begin in October and could run through end of November.

Click here to learn more.

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.



Summer’s Coming! The Summer 2014 Newsletter is online now. click here to download

Dog Tags Increase for 2014

In order to help pay for the cost of waste bags that are available at both the dog park and all our other parks, the cost of the dog tags will be going up.

The cost for the 2014 tags are:

Full year: $35 for county residents, $45 for out of county for the first dog. Additional dogs are $15.

2014 tags are on sale now and can be used immediately.

After School Birthday Parties

Click here for information on children’s birthday parties at BCCD!


Autumn Pioneer Festival

You won’t want to miss the 2014 Autumn Pioneer Festival on September 27th and 28th Click here for more information.



The Boone County Conservation District is celebrating 50 years of conservation on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Apollo Theater in downtown Belvidere.

Conservation Areas

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

- October 1st to 5th
- October 25 and 26th
- November 24th to 30th
- December 8th to December 31st
- January 5th 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