Our Mission

To preserve and manage natural areas and open spaces for ecological, educational and recreational benefits of present and future generations.

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Audit Report Available


Boone County Conservation District hereby provides public notice that an audit of its funds for the period April 1, 1016 through March 31, 2017 has been made by WIPFLi cpas and Consultants, 328 W. Stephenson, Freeport, IL 61032, and that a report of such audit dated March 31, 2017 has been filed with the County Clerk of Boone County, Illinois, in accordance with 30 ILCS 15/0.01 et seq. The full report of the audit is available for public inspection at 603 N. Appleton Road, Belvidere, Illinois during regular business hours 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday except for holidays.


Kid’s Ice Fishing Workshop

A FREE workshop for kids 5 – 15 Lunch is provided Saturday, February 3rd — 9 am to 12:00 noon Workshop will start at the Roger D. Gustafson Nature Center, 603 North Appleton Road, Belvidere, IL Bring any ice fishing equipment you have. Limited rigs are available You MUST pre-register for this program – call […]

New Interactive Hike Series

Parks & Conservation Foundation sponsors new Interactive Hike Series, with the first hike taking place on Saturday, January 6th at 1:00 pm at the Ballard Farm Conservation Area, 7431 Shaw Road, Belvidere. Learn about how and why native plant materials are so important and what challenges conservationists in their work.  

Updated Archery and Firearm Information

This information is now online and can be reached from the Archery Program page or the Firearm Program page.


Conservation Areas

Conservation Area Closures

The following sites are closing for the season on November 15th:
Kinnikinnick Creek, Picasaw Fen, East County Line, Kishwaukee Valley, O.O. Stimes, Tuttle Clarkson, Edwards, APF County Line Parking Lot

The following sites are closed for hunting:

Beaver Bluffs (dog park is open), LIB, Ipsen Road/Newburg Village, Distillery Road

Closed January 12, 13, & 14th for hunting

For a complete listing of closures, click here.