Conservation World

​Located in the northwest corner of the fairgrounds

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

Free family fun, entertainment, and great ideas for spending time outdoors are featured inside over 30 acres of green grass, trees, rolling hills and ponds at Conservation World. Free shows include the famed Paul Bunyan Lumberjacks, along with free Voyageur canoe rides, fishing clinics, shooting sports instruction for youth, interactive displays on outdoors fun, and much more. Conservation World is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.​

DAILY ATTRACTIONS:

Fishing Pond – Fishing Clinics

Daily 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

Learn about different species of fish and try your hand at catching some (kids only).

 

Fly Fishing Demonstrations

Aug. 10-12 & 17-19 at 11 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

Sit down on the terraced grass and learn about various programs and demonstrations reminding all that "Conservation Starts at Home." 

 

Demonstrations will include:

Pollinator Planting with Natives at Home;

Pesticide and Herbicide Use Around the Home

Well Care 101- Practices for Private Well Owners

Why Rain Barrels and How to Use Them

Do's and Don'ts with Wildlife

 

IDNR Volunteer Awards - Aug. 18 at 11 a.m.

 

ICF Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame Inductee Announcement - Aug 18. at 12:00 p.m.

 

Park District Conservation Day

Hosted by the Illinois Association of Park Districts

Scovill, Henson Robinson & The Grove Zoos

Aug. 18, 12 p.m.-12:45 p.m.

 

Illinois Green Industry Association information center (10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily)

Illinois Certified Nursery Professionals (ICNP) on site daily to answer questions about gardening and landscaping.

 

Craft Beer Tent

Mason Dixie Band

Aug. 18, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show

Mon – Thurs; 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m.

Fri. – Sun; 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m.

Bring the family to watch the fun as the lumberjack's race to see who can chop, saw & cut the fastest.

 

Program Tents

American Chemical Society/Illinois Chapter

Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Live demonstrations at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Come learn and discover science through hands-on activities and demonstrations for all ages. Teachers can earn CPDUs, 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

Demonstrations daily at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., & 5 p.m.

Hand forges blacksmith items and kids' toys.

 

Cooling Tent

Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Take a few minutes to sit down, cool off, and enjoy a video or two.  Discover some of Illinois' unique state parks, learn about how to manage invasive plant species on your property, watch the story of the monarch migration, or how to cap a private well.

 

Dogs That Help
Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

A non-profit organization 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.

 

Grandpa Littrell's Rustic Furniture, Painted Floor Clothes

Aug. 10-12 & 18-19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hand hewn rustic furniture and painted floor clothes.

 

Education Tent

Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Division of Education will feature "Saving Species" to highlight the conservation work and history of the IDNR. Activities for the entire family will be available. A packet of seeds of native plants that are beneficial to pollinators will be distributed to the first 5,000 families who visit this tent.

 

Fisheries Tent

Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

See Illinois sportfish in the new Hawg Trough fish aquarium.  Can you identify the different types of catfish, bass, and sunfish, or know what a muskie or alligator gar looks like?  Checkout the bowfishing demonstrations, and kids age 10 and under can try their luck at the fishing pond from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Sign up is in the Fisheries tent.

 

Forestry Tent

Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

"The Tree Doctor is In" at 4:30 p.m. daily.  Don't know what kind of tree you have in your backyard? Bring a leaf to be identified, or ask a forester how to trim trees, or learn how you can be a better conservationist.  Help the bees and butterflies and purchase your "home-size" bag of pollinator seed mix to plant in your yard.  Smokey Bear will be stopping by to say hello, and kids can try their luck at various Woodsy games.

 

Illinois EPA

Daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hands-on educational activities and recycling games.

 

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

Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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

 

Law Enforcement Tent

Daily 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Visit with Illinois Conservation Police officers.  Purchase your Illinois hunting and fishing license, and apply for deer permits.

 

Mines & Minerals/ Oil & Gas Tent

Daily 10 a.m. - 7 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 the 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" which they can handle 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 Kid's 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 Tent

Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Get your free milkweed seeds and come see the Butterfly House filled with butterflies, including monarchs in their various stages of development. Tagging and releasing of monarchs will be at 11:30 a.m., and 5 p.m., daily.  Information on private land programs and management for wetlands, prairies and forests will be available. 

 

The Illinois State Water Survey will be demonstrating how contamination moves through ground water and into private wells, how well pumps work, and providing free information on testing and maintenance of private wells. 

 

The Illinois State Museum and Illinois Historic Sites will be featuring some fantastic educational exhibits and activities young and old alike. 

 

Rock Climbing Wall

Daily 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Kids can challenge themselves to climb the great rock wall.

 

Rustic Toys & Treasures

Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

A variety of terrific toys from the 1800s.

 

Springfield Park District

Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Find your fun with the Springfield Park District.  Learn about parks, bike trails, sports fields, facilities and recreational programming to the community. 

 

Sportsmen Tent

Visit with representatives from the National Wild Turkey Federation, Friends of NRA, Quail Unlimited and the Illinois State Rifle Association.

 

The Baby Cabin

Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

A cool, dry and clean place for infant feeding, and a diaper changing station.

 

The Wood Shed

Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Get a personalized wood sign made by Wood Chuck.

 

Outdoor News Magazine

Daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Get your free sample copies of Outdoor News Magazine.

 

Voyageur Canoe

Aug. 10-12 & 18-19; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Traditional canoe rides on the Conservation World pond.

 

Wildlife Tent

Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Interested in learning how to conserve wildlife and habitat at home?  This tent is for you!  See how to build wildlife houses, including a Barn Owl exhibit to see the owlets.  Test your skills identifying backyard wildlife, and learn how to use remote cameras to see what wildlife use your property. Wildlife or heritage biologists will be available to help you learn about Illinois' flora and fauna, habitat management and other interesting topics, such as identifying paw prints or live native mussels found in local streams and rivers. You can learn about how hunting is key to wildlife conservation, and sit in a duck blind next to real ducks! There are interactive exhibits and activities for all ages!


 

FAMILY FOOD FAVORITES

17th Street BBQ       

AZ-T-CA Mexican Grill

AJ's Ice Cream

Kettle Korn & Pork Rinds

Candy Man

Sno Biz; Shaved Iced

Bud's Rootbeer

Crafted Beer

Dragon Fire Pizza

 

KIDS ACTIVITIES

Kids Fishing Clinics

Fishing Pond near CW Entrance
10:30 a.m. / Noon / 1:30 p.m.
3 p.m./4:30 p.m./5:30 p.m.

Fly Fishing Clinics

Aug. 10-12 & 17-19 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.

See Smokey Bear

Daily Appearances

Voyageur Canoe