Q: What hours are Conservation Areas open?
A: Sites are open Sunrise to Sunset. Building hours vary, view District Facilities for information.
Q: When and where are Conservation District Board of Trustee meetings held?
A: Board meetings are held the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Brookdale Administrative Offices, 18410 U.S. Highway 14, in Woodstock, unless otherwise posted. View Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes.
Q: How can I make a donation?
A: The Conservation District accepts a number of Green Gifts in the form of cash, land, conservation easement, other direct donations or planned giving. View the District’s Donations page or the McHenry County Conservation Foundation contact information.
Q: Are dogs allowed in Conservation Areas?
A: Dogs are allowed on District trails and picnic areas on a leash (no longer than 10 feet) at all times. Dogs are not allowed at District special events or programs.
Q: Do you offer equipment rentals?
A: The District does not supply any equipment rentals for canoes, kayaks, cross-country skis, snowshoes, or fishing gear. A number of local businesses rent equipment – View local listings.
Q: Do you offer room rentals for group/community meetings?
A: The District currently does not have an outside group rental program for facilities/rooms.
Q: Do I need a Permit?
A: Permits are required for Camping, exclusive use of Picnic Areas/Shelters, and anytime a group of 16 or more is gathering on a Conservation site. Special Use or Research or Film permits may also be issued. Browse the Permits Page or call 815.338.6223 for assistance.
Q: I’m having problems with wildlife at my home. Can you come and remove them?
A: No, we do not trap or remove nuisance wildlife. Wildlife trapping requires a special permit from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). For more information contact IDNR Region 2 Office, Bartlett: 847-608-3100.
Q: I have a specific question(s) about my garden plants. Who can help me?
A: The University of Illinois Extension Service Master Gardener is an excellent resource for a number of questions regarding ornamental or garden plants, or composting. University of Illinois Extension, 1102 McConnell Road, Woodstock, IL 60098
Phone: 815-338-3737; firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Can I pick/collect morel mushrooms from Conservation District property?
A: No. Collecting, gathering, picking, damaging or removing mushrooms or any flora or fauna is not allowed at any Conservation Area.
Q. Are bikes with electric assist allowed on bike trails?
A: Any electric or electric assisted bicycle capable of exceeding a speed of 15 mph is no permitted on District trails.
Q: When is canoe season on Nippersink Creek?
A. Conservation Areas with canoe launches typical open April 1 (weather dependent) and close November 1. This refers to Keystone Landing, Pioneer Landing, Lyle C. Thomas and Nippersink Canoe Base.
Q: Does the Conservation District have a dog park?
A:The Conservation District does not have any off leash areas for dogs. Dogs are allowed on all 33 Conservation District trails as long as they are on a leash (no longer than 10 feet). At this time the District is not pursuing a dog park, however we do direct residents to amenities provided by our local park districts and municipalities such as Crystal Lake Park District Lippold Park, Route 176; Lake in the Hills, 9027 Haligus Road “Bark Park”; McHenry Parks and Recreation Department, Route 31(Richmond Road) & Blake Boulevard “McBark Dog Park” just north of Kohl’s parking lot; Bull Valley/Woodstock, Country Club & Queen Anne Roads “Bull Valley Dog Park”.
Q: Do I need a fishing license?
A: Anglers over 16 should carry a valid fishing license and appropriate stamps, such as Inland Trout, at all times while fishing. Licenses may be obtained where sporting goods are sold or online at the IDNR Website.
Q. Does the District allow hunting?
A. The District has a deer and waterfowl hunting program. Information can be found on the District’s Deer and Waterfowl Hunting Pages where there is also answers to a number of frequently asked questions specifically about hunting in Conservation Areas.
Q: How do I sign up for a Hunter Safety Course?
A: The Hunter Safety Course is sponsored by the IL Dept. of Natural Resources and is taught by volunteer instructors. View upcoming courses by county, as well as look up a lost safety card online.
Q: Where can I find information about local Snowmobile Trails?
A: Trails open after December 10 and when there is at least 4 inches of snow. A number of snowmobile trails exist on District sites. The McHenry County Snowmobile Association updates trails, provide a county map and offer a trail condition hotline 815-334-SNOW.
Q: Do I need a Photography Permit?
A: Depends on the type of photos being taken, what they will be used for and how long you will be onsite. See Permits Page >>