Conservation World

​Located in the northwest corner of the fairgrounds

Open from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

 Conservation World is a 30-acre tract of rolling hills and woodlands that brings the northwest corner of the fairgrounds to life. Take a trip into the wilderness as our guides show you the wonders of nature.



Fishing Pond – Fishing Clinics
Daily: 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

Kids can learn about different species of fish and try to catch some in the pond. 


Fly Fishing Clinics
Aug. 13-15 and 20-22: 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

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. 


IDNR Outdoor Amphitheater

Enjoy Music  

Gracia Harrison
Aug. 15: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 21: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Mason Dixie
Aug. 22: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show
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.

Bring the family to watch the fun as lumberjacks race to see who can chop, saw and cut the fastest. 


Program Tents

American Chemical Society/Illinois Chapter
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.

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.


Blacksmith John Massey
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Demonstrations daily; 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.

Hand-forged blacksmith items and kids' toys are available.


Crane's Post
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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!


Dogs That Help
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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.


Education Tent
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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.


Fisheries Tent
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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?  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.


Forestry Tent
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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.


Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Hands-on educational activities and recycling games.


Illinois State Water Survey/Illinois Natural History Survey/Illinois State Archaeological Society/Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology/Office of Water Resources Tent
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Illinois State Water Survey will have a demonstration and information on well testing and maintenance. Learn all about reptiles and watch the video on the alligator snapping turtle recovery effort from August 20-22. Kids can learn to capture bats and how to tag them to become a Junior Bat Biologist from August 13-15from the Illinois Natural History Survey. Illinois' State Museums and Historic Sites will feature fantastic educational exhibits and activities for young and old alike.  


Information Tent/National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Pick up the latest state parks guide and enter to win an Outdoor Adventure Package with your deer, turkey, morel or duck collectible lapel pin purchase that helps support NASP and safety education.


Land Management/COVID Vaccination Station/Illinois State Museum/ISM Dickson Mounds Museum

Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Stop by the land management tent and enter to win a camping giveaway and visit with Park staff. Get your COVID-19 Vaccine or learn more about the vaccine. Learn about Illinois history.


Law Enforcement/ Licenses/ Youth BB Gun Range Tent
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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.


Mines and Minerals/ Oil and Gas Tent
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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.


Private Land Programs/Natural Heritage/Mason State Nursery Tent
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Test your knowledge about the many different pollinators in Illinois and learn how to create your own 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.


Rock Climbing Wall
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Kids can challenge themselves to climb the great rock wall.


Rustic Toys & Treasures
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

A variety of terrific toys from the 1800s.


Sportsmen Tent/Outdoor News Magazine
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Visit 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.


The Baby Cabin
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

This cool, dry and clean place for infant feeding also has a diaper-changing station.


The Wood Shed
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Get a personalized wood sign made by Wood Chuck.


Voyageur Canoe
Aug. 13-15: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Traditional canoe rides are offered on the Conservation World pond.


Wildlife Tent
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Interested in learning about wildlife conservation? This tent is for you! Test your skills identifying backyard wildlife and waterfowl and learn how to use remote cameras to see what wildlife species use your property. 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! 



AJ's Ice Cream

Kettle Korn & Pork Rinds

Candy Man

Sno Biz: Shaved Iced

Bud's Rootbeer




Kids Fishing Clinics 
Fishing Pond near Conservation World Entrance
10:30 a.m./12:00 p.m./ 1:30 p.m./ 3:00 p.m./4:30 p.m.

Fly Fishing Clinics 
Aug. 13-15 and 20-22: 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
See Smokey Bear - Daily Appearances

Youth 3D Archery
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

BB Gun Range
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Voyageur Canoe 
Aug. 13-15: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                                        

Do It Yourself Tie Dye, 
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Rock Climbing Wall, 
10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 


Youth Activities
All Around Conservation World
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.