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Sunshine Acre Wraps Up 2017/2018 School Year

This spring, Sunshine Acre students were invited to return to The Field Museum for a backroom tour led by Jim Louderman, and also had some free time to explore the museum exhibits. The students enjoyed seeing the collection room with all the preserved specimens, and had a lot of questions for the scientists they met […] Read More

Open Position – Education & Outreach Coordinator

JDCF has an immediate opening for and education and outreach coordinator.  The ideal candidate will  conduct community outreach and educational programs through planned events, public presentations, outdoor education programs including a day camp, and recreational tours. The position is responsible for working with a group of educational volunteers to package educational programs, schedule events and outreach […] Read More

Open Position – Fundraising Assistant

JDCF has an immediate opening for a part-time fundraising assistant.  This position will develop, manage, and coordinate entry level fundraising activities for our Executive and Associate Directors.  Permanent position, 20 hours a week with occasional evenings and weekends.  Primary duties include organizing major donor meetings and maintaining office files for corporate, foundation, and individual donors; […] Read More

Open Positions – Restoration Specialists

The Northwest Illinois Land Stewardship Co-op (“NISC”) is seeking two full time Restoration Specialists. These positions will form the Invasive Species Strike Team, which is responsible for the management and eradication of invasive species on sites owned or managed by members of the NISC. NISC is a collaboration of 9 public and private organizations in […] Read More

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Upcoming Events

Potluck & Program: JDCF’s Native American Connection

July 10 @ 5:30 pm

Join us for a potluck and program featuring our own Executive Director, Steve Barg, as he discusses JDCF’s Native American connection through conservation of heritage sites and building relationships with tribal descendants.  If attending the potluck, please bring a dish to pass and table service.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase.  If attending […] 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 […] Read More

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Fall Forest Hike

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

With fall on the way, the appearance of trees changes significantly and identifying them can be tricky – unless you know your bark, berries & nuts. Join us to celebrate the change of season with a Fall Forest Walk on Saturday, September 15th from 1:00- 3:00pm at the Schurmeier Teaching Forest. This free event will […] Read More

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Critters of the Night

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join JDCF on Saturday, October 2oth at 10:00 AM to learn about some of our nocturnal friends, owls and bats. This program, geared towards a middle school grade level, introduces the life cycle of the owl and its food and habitat. It also identifies the characteristics that make the owl a perfect predator and member […] Read More

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