Latest News

Open Position – Restoration Specialist

Posted Date: September 26, 2016 Application Due Date: October 21, 2016 JDCF is seeking a full time Restoration Specialist. This position is responsible for the management and eradication of invasive species on Preserves in northwest Illinois, primarily in Jo Daviess County. The Restoration Specialist will implement invasive, exotic plant management control methods using integrated pest […] 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

JDCF Accepting Nominations for the 2017 Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award

Named in honor of long-time board member, past Board President, and over-all JDCF supporter, Nancy Winter, the Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award will be given annually by JDCF to an individual, organization, governmental entity, educational institution, or business that has completed significant work in stewardship of natural areas, restoration of natural areas, or the protection […] Read More

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

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Upcoming Events

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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Potluck & Program, “Pests to Protein: Insects & Our Food”

October 5 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Woodbine Bend Golf Course

Going back to the plagues of ancient times, insects have threatened our food.  In today’s gardens and fields, the state-of-the-art method of control is called Integrated Pest Management.  Which bugs are really a threat?  And when and how should we control them?  Our experts will tell you. …  And what about the food value of […] Read More

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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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Public Presentation on Archaeological Findings at Wapello

November 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hanover Township Park District Building

Join Dr. Phil Millhouse and Tim Horsley, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University,  to learn about the results of the archaeological survey conducted at the addition to the Wapello Reserve in 2015.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.  Local artifact collections will be on hand as well.

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