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JDCF & the City of Galena Add 80 Acres to Gateway Park

After 20 long years, another critical piece of Galena Gateway Park has been preserved forever. A public-private partnership between the City of Galena and JDCF purchased an 80-acre addition to Galena Gateway Park on February 16, 2016 with the help of financial support from The Conservation Fund and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. Along […] Read More

JDCF Receives Grant to Help Monarch Butterflies

JDCF has been selected to receive a grant award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for $83,640 over the next two years. Funding from this grant will be used to restore prairie and monarch habitats on former agricultural land on two of JDCF’s preserves. This grant will also be used to support JDCF’s outreach and […] Read More

Major Conservation Legislation Congress Passed Will Have Local Benefits

JDCF is pleased to announce a bipartisan congressional vote that makes permanent a federal tax incentive supporting land conservation.  Farmers, ranchers, and the public will directly benefit from the incentive that encourages landowners to place a conservation easement on their land to protect important natural, scenic, and historic resources. JDCF is a member of the […] Read More

AmeriCorps NCCC Highlights Work of JDCF Team!

An AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) lent a helping hand to JDCF from August 7 through September 13. The team made a huge impact through restoration projects, removing invasive species, and trail maintenance. JDCF AmeriCorps Team Highlighted The NCCC team visited from the North Central Region campus of Vinton, Iowa and assisted with building nature trails and removing aggressive invasive species […] Read More

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Upcoming Events

Experience Gateway Park – A Walking Tour

September 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Galena Gateway Park

Join JDCF and Field Museum staff on a guided tour of Gateway Park.  The walk will take place on mowed trails over rolling terrain.  We will meet in the parking lot off of Powderhouse Hill Rd at 1:00 PM.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

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Fall Forest Hike

September 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Schurmeier Forest

Fall is a great time for a walk in the woods.  Join JDCF and a local Master Naturalist for a hike along the trails at Schurmeier Forest to identify trees and shrubs by their fall colors.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

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Experience Gateway Park – A Walking Tour

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Galena Gateway Park

Join JDCF and Field Museum staff for a guided tour of Gateway Park.  The walk will take place on mowed trails over rolling terrain.  We will meet in the parking lot off of Powderhouse Hill Rd at 1:00 PM.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

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Creatures of the Night – Owls & Bats

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Belden School, GTA

Bring the family and explore the nocturnal lives of 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 of the raptor family.  Participants will also get […] Read More

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