Latest News

Native Plant Sale – A Local Collaboration for a Great Cause!

JDCF is teaming up with Twin Ponds Research Farm and Murphy’s Gardens to host our first native plant sale! To highlight the importance of prairies, we are providing native prairie plants to anyone looking to bring home birds and butterflies, add curb appeal, address storm-water runoff issues, or even to prevent erosion. Because of the […] Read More

Horseshoe Mound Preserve Open for the Season

JDCF is pleased to announce that our Horseshoe Mound Preserve, located at 1679 N Blackjack Rd, Galena is open to the public for the season.  Come on up and share the view dawn to dusk daily.

Casper Bluff to Grow to 100+ Acres!

Nearly ten years after JDCF purchased the original 85-acre Casper Bluff Preserve, we are thrilled to announce the acquisition of 21 acres that will be managed as a new addition to Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve. Funding for the purchase of this property was generously provided by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, the […] Read More

JDCF Acquires New Preserve – Oneota!

JDCF is pleased to announce the acquisition of 160-acres just south of Hanover, Illinois… the Oneota Preserve! Nestled between three existing conservation areas, the acquisition and restoration of this property enables JDCF and its partners to reconnect native wildlife habitats that have become fragmented by human activity and also protects a known Native American cultural […] Read More

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Upcoming Events

Fantastic Frogs & Friends Frog Walk

April 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Bring the whole family to Fantastic Frogs & Friends, a frog walk beginning at the Meeker Street footbridge on the east side along the Galena River Trail in downtown Galena, IL.  Learn all about frogs and toads, join us in a toast to spring, and then take part in a guided hike down the trail […] Read More

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Prairie Talk with Steve Apfelbaum & Susan Lehnhardt

May 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Author Steve Apfelbaum will discuss his book, “Natures’s Second Chance” and artist Susan Lehnhardt will present art that has been inspired by the prairie and talk about local activism to protect water in our watershed. Co-sponsored by the Galena Center for the Arts.

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Potluck & Program: The Prairies of Pre-Settlement Jo Daviess County

June 7 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for this program to be presented by Natural Area Surveyor, Randy Nyboer.  It will be followed later in the summer with an opportunity to view remnants of the prairies of that landscape.  More details to come.

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Bluebird Trail Walk

June 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Bluebird Recovery Program of JDCF invites everyone to enjoy a Bluebird Trail Walk on Saturday morning from 9 AM to noon at Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve. No reservations are necessary and this event is free.  This is a great opportunity to experience an outdoor Bluebird adventure for people of all ages.  Guided […] Read More

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