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Open Position – Assistant Director of Development

JDCF has an immediate opening for a full-time Assistant Director of Development.  With 10 employees and an organizational budget of over $600,000, JDCF believes that by preserving our natural and cultural heritage now we will have these wild places to share with the future generations.  Working alongside an exceptional Board of Directors and executive leadership, […] Read More

“This is the Best Day Ever!”

This phrase was heard many times over two days in May at JDCF’s Horseshoe Mound Preserve as 200 local 3rd and 4th graders came to experience the upgraded Dorte Breckenridge Children’s Adventure. The upgrade was made possible by a public ameni-ties grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and was a huge hit! Previously, […] Read More

Major Daviess Summer Ale – Now Pouring

The Major Daviess Summer Ale is back and available at the Galena Brewing Company, Cajun Jack’s in Elizabeth, and The Cove at Apple Canyon Lake.  This crisp, citrus brew represents a unique collaboration between the Galena Brewing Company and JDCF for the overall goal of preserving land for the lasting well-being of people and wildlife.  […] Read More

JDCF’s Biggest Tree Contest Underway

You may hear people speak of them reverently. You might catch word of a “big tree,” an important tree, a “Champion Tree.” But what does this mean? JDCF is sponsoring a ‘Biggest Tree Contest’ to celebrate the wonder of Illinois native tress. Gather the family for a hike in your back 40, set aside, or […] Read More

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Upcoming Events

JDCF’s Biggest Tree Contest

April 1 @ 8:00 am - October 1 @ 5:00 pm

You may hear people speak of them reverently. You might catch word of a “big tree,” an important tree, a “Champion Tree.” But what does this mean? JDCF is sponsoring a Biggest Tree Contest to recognize the largest tree within each of the designated native tree species that grow in Carroll, Jo Daviess, and Stephenson […] Read More

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Experience Horseshoe Mound – A Walking Tour

September 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of JDCF’s Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Wonder no more and join our Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker, for a one-hour tour to discover the many points of interest atop the mound.  The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will […] Read More

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Experience Horseshoe Mound – A Walking Tour

October 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of JDCF’s Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Wonder no more and join our Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker, for a one-hour tour to discover the many points of interest atop the mound.  The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will […] Read More

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Extreme Weather Events – the impacts to our region & our pocketbooks

November 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Steve Keeffer, Jo Daviess County Engineer, Carrie McKillip, president of the National Extension Disaster Preparedness organization, and Justin Gehrts, Galena native and meteorologist with KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, will present on the impacts and costs of the wave of extreme weather events we have already experienced as well as those predicted to come.

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