Schedule

NOTICE: Conservation World is following Sangamon County Department of Public Health Covid-19 guidelines. Therefore, the below schedule can change without notice during the Illinois State Fair.

​Conservation World - the 30-acre park with grass, shade trees, ponds and picnic tables on the Illinois State Fairgrounds - offers state fair visitors a chance to relax, enjoy nature and learn about some great ways to spend time outdoors. It is all part of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. 

The focus at Conservation World is on family fun and on ways for all of us to spend more time outdoors in Illinois. Youngsters and adults can learn how to cast for bass, hit the target with a bow and arrow, find out about the best habitat for deer and wild turkey, learn how coal is mined or enjoy a cold drink and barbeque sandwich under a shade tree – just steps away from the Grandstand, livestock shows and carnival.

 Printable Map of Events

EventEvent DescriptionEvent DurationEvent CategoryEvent Location
Fishing Pond near Conservation World Entrance

Fishing Pond – Fishing Clinics

Kids can learn about different species of fish and try to catch some in the pond.
Daily: 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m.Attraction
Fishing Pond near Conservation World Entrance
Copi Tasting

Copi Tasting

Locally sourced and delicious, stop by the Land Management Tent for free samples of Copi from Illinois waters.Aug. 12 -14, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (or until supplies are unavailable).Attraction
Fly Fishing Clinics

Fly Fishing Clinics

Participants will gain hands-on experience fly casting and learn the essentials of fly casting for a variety of species and the appropriate tackle to use.
Aug. 12-14 and 19-21: 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.Attraction
Illinois Green Industry Association Amphitheater

IDNR Outdoor Amphitheater

Enjoy music at Conservation World. Center stage at Conservation World is the Illinois Green Industry Association Amphitheater. The outdoor stage, terraced seating, walkway and gazebo provide a great setting for expert advice by green industry experts and on-stage performances by area and regional musicians throughout the state fair.

Justin and Russsell Knollenberg

  • Aug. 12: noon – 3:00 p.m.

Gracia Harrison

  • Aug. 13: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Aug. 20: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Mason Dixies

  • Aug. 14: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Volunteer of the Year Awards

  • Aug. 20; 11:00 a.m.
Daily 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. See event description for specific times.Attraction
Illinois Green Industry Association Amphitheater
Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show

Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show

The Timberworks Lumberjack Show offers spectators a unique blend of logging history, world-class competition, and plenty of hilarious comedy. From speed carving and climbing to axe throwing and log rolling, the Timberworks Lumberjacks are a must-see at this year’s state fair. Bring the family to watch the fun as lumberjacks race to see who can chop, saw and cut the fastest.Mon. – Thurs.: 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.; Fri. – Sun.: 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.Attraction
For over twenty years, Chris Camp has performed his daring, high energy show filled with stunts, history, physics and lots of light-hearted humor and fun. It's a show that is perfect for audiences of all ages, keeping them captivated, entertained, and involved. Aug. 12 – 14: 12:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m. Attraction
NuthatchhillDaily 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Family Food Favorite
Top Hat Creamery Daily 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Family Food Favorite
Kettle Korn & Pork RindsDaily 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Family Food Favorite
Candy ManDaily 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Family Food Favorite
Sno Biz: Shaved IcedDaily 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Family Food Favorite
Bud’s RootbeerDaily 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Family Food Favorite
Zoos & Dragon Fire PizzaDaily 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Family Food Favorite
West end of Conservation World near Joel D. Brunsvold Building
Kids Fishing Clinics

Kids Fishing Clinics

Try your luck at fishing at the Fishing Pond near Conservation World's Entrance. Free Kids Fishing Clinics are an Illinois State Fair favorite. Young anglers learn about Illinois sport fish, then bait a hook and go fishing.
Daily at 10:30 a.m. / 12:00 p.m. / 1:30 p.m. / 3:00 p.m. / 4:30 p.m.Kid's Activity
Fishing Pond near Conservation World Entrance
Fishing at DNR Pond

Fly Fishing Clinics

Fly fishing clinics runs on August 12th through the 14th and the 19th through the 20th. Participants will gain hands-on experience fly casting and learn the essentials of fly casting for a variety of species and the appropriate tackle to use.
Aug. 12-14 and 19-21: 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.Kid's Activity
See Smokey Bear

See Smokey Bear

See Smokey Bear
Daily walking throughout Conservation World.Kid's Activity
Conservation World
Practicing their archery skills with a volunteer

Youth 3D Archery

Kids can practice their archery skills on the youth archery ranges, with help from expert volunteer instructors. Be a straight arrow and stop by!
Daily 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Kid's Activity
East of the Education Tent at the shooting range
Kid practicing their shooting skills on the youth BB gun range

BB Gun Range

Kids can practice their shooting skills on the youth BB gun ranges, with help from expert volunteer instructors.
Daily 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Kid's Activity
East of the Education Tent at the shooting range
Voyageur canoe rides

Voyageur Canoe

Families can take Voyageur canoe rides on the Conservation World pond.
Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 19-21 noon - 6:00 p.m. Kid's Activity
Conservation World Pond
rock climbing wall

Rock Climbing Wall

Fairgoers can try their luck on a rock climbing wall. Each climber has a safety harness that slowly lowers the climber to the ground if they slip or when they reach the top of the Rock Wall. Kids can challenge themselves to climb the great rock wall.
Daily 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.Kid's Activity
Air Dogs at Conservation World

Youth Activities

All Around Conservation World are family oriented activities for all ages. Feel free to walk the paths and find your adventure!
Daily 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Kid's Activity
All Around Conservation World
The Baby CabinThis cool, dry and clean place for infant feeding also has a diaper-changing stationDaily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Other
The Baby Cabin
Come learn and discover science through hands-on activities and demonstrations for all ages. Teachers can earn Professional Development Hours, as well as pick up classroom materials and a CD containing over 200 experiments. Educational handouts for adults and activity booklets for kids. Earn a prize by taking a science quiz or playing games.Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Demonstrations: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.Program Tent
American Chemical Society / Illinois Chapter Tent
This non-profit organization is made up of professional trainers, veterans, volunteers and other dog lovers who know the immense improvement in quality of life a trained canine can provide.Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Program Tent
Dogs That Help
Education Tent

Education Tent

Visit the Division of Education’s tent to learn about the snakes of Illinois! Can snakes play dead? Do some snakes in Illinois give birth to live young? How are snakes able to eat large prey items? Are snakes important in seed dispersal? How do snakes survive the cold winter? You will find the answers to these questions and much more information about these fascinating reptiles. Activities and information about Illinois’ snakes will be available for people of all ages.Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Program Tent
Education Tent
Fisheries Tent

Fisheries Tent

See Illinois sportfish in the giant see-through fish aquarium. Can you identify the different types of catfish, bass and sunfish or know what a muskie or alligator gar looks like? Commercial fishers will demonstrate fishing techniques including net building and mending, Aug. 12-14, and 19-21. Kids age 10 and under can try their luck at the fishing pond from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sign up in the Fisheries tent. Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Program Tent
Fisheries Tent
Monarch Larva on leaf

Forestry Tent

Don’t know what kind of tree you have? Bring a leaf to be identified or ask a forester how to manage your forest, plant and trim trees, control forest pests or be a better land steward.Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Program Tent
Forestry Tent
Illinois EPA Logo

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Hands-on educational activities and recycling games.Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Program Tent
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Tent
Smokey Bear Cutout

Information Tent / National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)

Pick up the latest state parks guide and enter to win a SCHEELS $500.00 gift card with your deer, turkey, morel, fish, pheasant, or duck collectible lapel pin purchase that helps support NASP, safety education and the Illinois Conservation Foundation.Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Program Tent
Information Tent / National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Tent
Land Managment through planting native plants

Land Management

Stop by the land management tent and enter to win a camping giveaway and visit with Park staff. Learn about Illinois history.Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Program Tent
Land Management Tent
Law Enforcement Tent

Law Enforcement / Licenses / Youth BB Gun Range Tent

Visit with Illinois Conservation Police Officers. Buy a hunting and/or fishing license. Kids can test their shooting skills at the Youth BB Gun Range. Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Program Tent
Law Enforcement / Licenses / Youth BB Gun Range Tent
Oil Pump

Mines and Minerals / Oil and Gas Tent

Kid-friendly exhibits will provide examples of conventional oil and gas practices. See how horizontal wells are drilled and learn about the High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHHF) process. See a map that shows the parts of the state that contain shale deposits where HVHHF development is likely. Make sure the kids check out the “sediment tubes” showing how sediment stratifies into the formations that hold oil and gas deep below the surface of the earth. Find plenty of fun at the Rock Box, including the Kids’ Mineral Dig, Are You Undermined? map displays and Underground Mine Models. There are educational displays of past and present mining practices. See displays on how minerals are used in and around the home.Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Program Tent
Mines and Minerals / Oil and Gas Tent
IAAA Logo

Office of Water Resources Tent / Illinois State Archaeological Society Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology

View the Office of Water Resources water table. Learn about water resources and the Illinois Coastal Management Program. Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Program Tent
Office of Water Resources Tent / Illinois State Archaeological Society Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology Tent
Butterfly House

Private Land Programs / Natural Heritage / Mason State Nursery Tent

Test your knowledge about the many different pollinators in Illinois and learn about creating pollinator habitat. Check out the butterflies in the butterfly house and watch the Monarch butterfly tag-and-release activity occurring at 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily. Learn about Illinois’ threatened and endangered species and about the importance of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission as well as several programs to assist private landowners with their conservation efforts.Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Program Tent
Private Land Programs / Natural Heritage / Mason State Nursery Tent
Sportsmen Tent/Outdoor News MagazineVisit with representatives from the National Wild Turkey Federation, Friends of NRA, Quail Unlimited and the Illinois State Rifle Association. Get your free sample copies of Outdoor News Magazine.Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Program Tent
Sportsmen Tent/Outdoor News Magazine Tent
Looking at Taxidermy at the Wildlife tent

Wildlife Tent

Interested in learning about wildlife conservation? This tent is for you! Test your skills identifying backyard wildlife and waterfowl. Wildlife biologists will be available to help you learn about habitat management, how hunting is key to wildlife conservation and other topics! Staff members from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services will also be present to review large carnivore information and spread their knowledge as well! There are interactive exhibits and activities for all ages!Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Program Tent
Wildlife Tent
Wood carving demonstrations with chainsaws. Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Vendor
Bear Tracks Chainsaw Carving Tent
Crane’s Post Tent

Crane’s Post

Crane’s Post, Inc., is a Heritage Industry known for its eclectic inventory. Maps, leather goods, mini figures, wood toys, cutlery and other items will be for sale. Come see what you just can’t live without!Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Vendor
Crane’s Post
Rustic Toys & TreasuresA variety of terrific toys from the 1800s. Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Vendor
Rustic Toys & Treasures Tent