Adopt A Critter Program


The Boone County Conservation District houses a number of native animal ambassadors at the Roger D. Gustafson Nature Center.
All of these animals are on exhibit and used for educational programs with local schools, scouts and the general public.

Adoption is a great way to support environmental education in Boone County and to generate funds for the care, housing and feeding of the nature center’s animal ambassadors.

When you adopt an animal ambassador you gain a special friend at the nature center while lending support to environmental education.  Your adoption is a great gift to friends and family.

Adoption Options

Family or Individual Adoption

  • Adoption Certificate
  • Animal Fact Sheet with picture
  • Your name listed on the donor exhibit
  • Invitation to Members’ Adoption Party

Classroom/Group Adoption

  • Adoption Certificate
  • Animal Fact Sheet with picture
  • Class or group listed on the donor exhibit
  • Special animal visit to your group or class

Gift Adoption

Parents, grandparents and friends can adopt an animal for that special person and we will send them an adoption package.

Birthday Adoption

The adopted animal will be used as part of our birthday party program.

During the party the child will be presented with the adoption packet and have his/her picture taken with the animal and will    receive a birthday button with the animals’ picture on it. (Party cost is in addition to the adoption cost).

Choose from these animals:

Tiger Salamander

Red Eared Slider Turtle

Painted Turtle

Milky Way Milk Snake

Miss Hiss Bull Snake

Box Turtle

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Adoptions are available for six or twelve months. Click here for the Adoption Application.

Consider a Donation to help maintain our:

Nature Center Outdoor Bird and Squirrel Feeders

Your financial donation will support the feeding of birds and other wildlife.  Suet cakes and ears of corn are also accepted.  Each year from November to April,  BCCD staff participate in Project Feeder Watch. Your donations help to attract birds to the nature center. Staff count the kind and numbers of birds that visit the feeders. The data is then sent to the Cornell Lab of  Ornithology for inclusion in their long-term bird study.

blandingsBlanding’s Turtle Monitoring Program

BCCD is pleased to announce the  presence of the State Endangered Blanding’s turtle on district land. The Blanding’s turtles that inhabit our   area have captured the attention and excitement of BCCD staff and state  biologists.  Monitoring methods such as live-trapping and radio tracking of this rare population are currently underway.  Your donation can help provide hoop-net traps (ranging from $20 to $140)  and radio transmitters (about $160 each) .

goats2Restoration Goat Herd

There are four goats in the Restoration goat herd. During warmer months they are out in the field clearing the ground of scrub brush and invasive species for the restoration crew. In the winter, they are housed at a BCCD conservation area and require supplemental feeding.  Your donation will help buy feed, grain, or hay.  We also accept donations of feed.

If hay is donated, 2nd or 3rd cutting is preferred. Keep the high quality first cutting for your horses and cattle. One note is that goats will eat a lot of things,  but unfortunately wet and moldy hay is not one of them; please make sure any hay donation is dry.