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Galena Gateway Park Expansion to Benefit Area Residents & Visitors

In early December, JDCF donated the 80-acre Addition to Galena Gateway Park to the City of Galena. This land donation represents an ongoing partnership between JDCF and the City to protect the conservation and scenic vistas in East Galena and provide recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. In a public-private partnership with the City […] Read More

Land, Education & Stewardship

JDCF’s mission is to preserve land for the well-being of people and wildlife.  We do this through our three program areas of land protection, education and outreach, and land stewardship with the help of an amazing group of volunteers. Click the image for a link to a beautiful new video that showcases our work in […] Read More

JDCF Announces Preserve Closures.

Horseshoe Mound Preserve has been closed due to ice on the entrance road.  We will re-open the gates once the road conditions improve. Due to firearm deer season, Casper Bluff, Horseshoe Mound, and Schurmeier Teaching Forest will be closed to the public on Jan 12-14, 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience.

200 Attend Workshop on Return of Large Predators to the Midwest

On Saturday afternoon, November 11, at the Woodbine Bend Golf Course restaurant, more than 200 people gathered to learn about the return of wolves, cougars and black bears to the Midwest, including Northwestern Illinois, where all three species have been identified in recent years.  JDCF’s co-sponsors for the event were the Illinois Department of Natural […] Read More

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Upcoming Events

Bonfire on the Bluff

January 27 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

JDCF and Fever River Outfitters invite you and your entire family to Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve for Bonfire on the Bluff, a great outdoor adventure on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 PM.  This event offers you the opportunity to see Casper Bluff as never before. Come hike candle-lit trails, watch the beautiful […] Read More

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JDCF Annual Meeting

April 7 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The public is invited to JDCF’s annual meeting on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 beginning with a social hour at 4:30 PM.  Our keynote speaker will be Jon Greendeer, Former President of the Ho-Chunk Nation.  The cost is $45/per person and includes a buffet dinner.  Cash bar available. Please call the JDCF office at 815.858.9100 for […] Read More

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Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary Grand Opening

June 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for the grand opening of our newest preserve, a 405-acre bird sanctuary donated to JDCF by former Stockton resident Nancy Hamill Winter.  To date, there have been documented sightings of over 100 different bird species at Valley of Eden. Notable Illinois species of conservation concern include the Henslow’s sparrow, bobolink, red-headed woodpecker, and northern […] Read More

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Meteors on the Mound

August 11 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Join JDCF and the Planetary Studies Foundation to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower from atop Horseshoe Mound on Saturday, August 11th from 7-11 PM. Enjoy family-friendly activities and learn about meteors before the sunset ushers in the celestial show! The event will be cancelled if it is raining, so please check jdcf.org […] Read More

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