Our Mission

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

New Ordinances Posted

At BCCD’s recent board meeting, two new ordinances were passed; Ordinance #127 – Prevailing Wage and Ordinance #129 – Making Appropriations for Corporate Funds for 2017-2018.

What’s New

Upcoming Bird Hikes

Our last Bird Hike Series event for 2017 is June 3rd. Space is limited, so register early for your spot.

Click here for details!


Seed Sales

Seed Savers and Baker Creek heirloom seeds are available for purchase at the Boone County Conservation District. Save the cost of shipping and buy your seeds at the Roger D Gustafson Nature Center.

Proceeds from the seed sales benefit the Heirloom Garden Program.

For more information, click here.

Internship Available

Boone County Conservation District is taking applications for Natural Areas Summer Intern position. Applications are available at 603 N Appleton Rd. Belvidere and online Application open till positions are filled. E.O.E.

Upcoming Events


June 1st, 12:00 noon – Gustafson Nature Center

Due to the number of archery hunters who chose Ballard Farms as their first choice in hunting areas, we will be holding a lottery on Thursday, June 1, at 12:00 noon at the Gustafson Nature Center. It is open to the public and we encourage you to attend if able.  Thank you.

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

All conservation areas are open with the exception of the horse trails at Kinnikinnick Creek Conservation Area and a portion of the Long Prairie Trail (see below).

Long Prairie Trail Damage

The Long Prairie Trail is closed indefinitely due to severe damage caused by the tornado that ripped through the Northeastern part of Boone County on Wednesday, May 17th.  The public is prohibited from entering the Long Prairie Trail between Burr Oak Road on the east edge of the Village of Capron and the trailhead parking area on East County Line Road until further notice.