The Boone County Conservation District manages several preserves in this low populated county in northern Illinois. Several preserves center around the Kishwaukee River. See Kishwaukee River Conservation Corridor.
Some other highlights in the county include Tuttle Clarksen Natural Area, Flora Prairie and Kinnikinnick Creek Conservation Area. Tuttle Clarksen is small but has never seen a plow and provides a beautiful mix of habitats and wildlife. Unfortunately, it is also along a busy highway.
Kinnikinnick is a 429 acre, magnificent place with a beautiful hardwood forest. Wildlife abounds here and the preserve provides many wonderful hiking trails.
Flora Prairie is a 10 acre remnant prairie that hosts many prairie plant species in a small area. A “living” museum of what once was in the county and state.