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Cross Country Skiing at Valley of Eden

JDCF thanks Exact Pest Solutions, Chris Jackson Landscaping, and Aaron Birkett for providing cross country skiing on groomed trails at our Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary daily from dawn to dusk. While the snow conditions are not ideal, the trails are now open. The preserve is located at 5559 E Rush Creek Road, Stockton, IL. […] Read More

Entrance Road to Horseshoe Mound Now Paved!

We are sure that the entire community joins us in thanking all those who made it possible for us to “Pave our Way to the Top” of Horseshoe Mound this past summer! Last year, JDCF and the Friends of Horseshoe Mound contacted University of Wisconsin/Platteville senior engineering students and asked them to give us options […] Read More

Our Adventures During the Biggest Tree Contest

JDCF’s Biggest Tree Contest drew to a close on October 1, 2019. A great success, 126 trees were nominated from across Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Carroll counties in northwest Illinois. The contest would not have been possible without two volunteers, Michele Brueggen and Pam Johnson, who spent hours in some unusual circumstances verifying tree measurement. […] Read More

Discovery Center Planning Meeting Held with Tribal Partners

In October, 2018, JDCF’s board and staff met to set and prioritize strategic initiatives that would become the drivers for the Foundation’s shift towards in-creased education and outreach through Conservation 2.0 over the next 3-5 years. A proposed Discovery Center at the Wapello Reserve emerged as one of three projects deemed most important. A vision […] Read More

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Upcoming Events

Snowshoe Hike & Cross Country Ski at Wapello

February 8 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Friends of Wapello invite you to explore the trails of Wapello by snowshoe or ski and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies under the new pavilion.  You will have the opportunity to meet members of the volunteer, Friends group and ask questions about the exciting things going on at Wapello including the proposed Discovery Center. […] Read More

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Popcorn & Program: “Racing Extinction”

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Emmy-nominated film, “Racing Extinction,” follows a team of artists and activists as they expose the hidden world of extinction with rarely-before-seen images of precious and endangered species. Louie Psihoyos, the documentary’s producer, is an esteemed National Geographic photographer and Academy Award winning filmmaker. “Racing Extinction” features appearances by Photo Ark photographer Joel Sartore, Tesla […] Read More

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Early Spring Bird Walk at Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary

March 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Woodcocks, also known as timberdoodles, are one of nature’s earliest signs of spring. Learn how the woodcock dances in the sky and on the ground to attract a mate. The Valley of Eden short grassland habitat is thriving with wildlife of all kinds and we invite you to join us in viewing the sunset showing […] Read More

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JDCF Annual Meeting

March 28 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Details to come!

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