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!

Meeting Notice

The Boone County Conservation District Board License Review Committee will hold a meeting on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Gustafson Nature Center, 603 N. Appleton Rd., Belvidere, IL.


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.

If you cannot make it to our office during normal working hours to purchase a tag for the dog park, please fill out the form (both pages) and mail it to our office along with your payment and we will mail you the tag.

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

All conservation areas a now open.

The horse trails at Kinnikinnick Creek Conservation area remain closed at this time.