Selection to the Hall of Fame is reserved for those individuals that have made significant contributions to or exhibited unparalleled dedication in preserving, promoting, enhancing or supporting natural resources or outdoor recreation opportunities.

Some inductees have touched the lives of thousands of youth and adults by promoting fishing, hunting, conservation, and safety education. Others have spearheaded efforts to preserve or enhance fish and wildlife habitat or protect and restore lakes and rivers. Yet others have been national and international leaders in conservation or advocates for outdoor heritage traditions.  All have led by personal example and serve as role models for future generations of conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts.

This year's Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the annual Hall of Fame Gala.  The ICF will begin hosting a biannual fundraiser with the proceeds used to support the annual Scholarship Achievement Program and programs at the Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center.

Nominations must be submitted on the official Hall of Fame Nomination Form. Nominations are accepted throughout the year, and should be submitted to the ICF Springfield Office by June 30, 2019 to be considered for that calendar year's induction class.

For more information on the ICF Hall of Fame Gala, contact the Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271- (217) 785-2003.


2018 Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame 

The 2018 Illinois Outdoors Hall of Fame inductees, Diane Banta, Jerry Beverlin, David F. Grohne, Sam Oliver, and Steve Widowski are five individuals with records of exemplary service in and commitments to improving conservation efforts and outdoor recreation opportunities in Illinois.

Hall of Fame Inductees








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