Our Mission

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

Special Meeting Notice

May 3, 2017 – 4:30 pm 

The BCCD Board of Trustees is holding a special board meeting to hear a presentation from Jack Pease regarding his request to annex a 38-acre property, and seeks a special-use permit from the City of Belvidere to conduct a mining operation for sand & gravel aggregate; run a concrete recycling operation, operate a concrete batch plant, and possibly operate an asphalt batch plant.  This property and the proposed special use activities border the south property line of the Ipsen Road Conservation Area.

Gustafson Nature Center, 603 North Appleton Rd., Belvidere, IL

What’s New

Upcoming Bird Hikes

Check out our upcoming Bird Hike Series – March 25th, April 29th and June 3rd. Space is limited, so register early for your spot.

Click here for details!


BCCD Approves New Ordinance

BCCD Ordinance #98-A has approved the Long Prairie Trail Public Utility and Telecommunications Crossing Ordinance at their June meeting. You may download a copy of the ordinance by following this link.

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.

Long Prairie Trail Cleanup

Registration is closed for 2017.

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Hunter Safety Course

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is hosting a Hunter Safety Course on Saturday, May 6 & Sunday, May 7 at Boone Lake in Poplar Grove, IL. The class is free but you must pre-register by calling 815-547-7935. You must attend both days and any students under 10 years of age must be accompanied by someone over 16. This is a traditional class which means attendance at both classes is mandatory. This is not a field day.

Archery Hunt Qualifying

Attention Bow Hunters!

Qualifying for the BCCD Archery Hunt will be held on:

Saturday, May 6th — 8 am to 12 noon
Tuesday, May 9th — 8 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday, May 11th — 12 noon to 7 pm

No make up or additional dates will be scheduled.

Kishwaukee Valley Conservation Area, 9416 US Rt. 20, Garden Prairie, IL

Conservation Areas

Conservation Area Closures


Hunting has concluded for the season at Distillery, Ipsen Road, Newburg Village, Lib and Beaver Bluffs

Kinnikinnick, Piscasaw Fen, Sewell and Kishwaukee Valley:

Beginning November 15th, these areas will be seasonally closed to the general public and will re-open in the spring. Hunting has concluded for the season.