Latest News

We’re digging it! JDCF post-hole digger campaign a success.

JDCF is pleased to announce our crowd-funding campaign to raise money for a post-hole digger came to a successful conclusion today!  Thanks to many generous donations and the sharing of the campaign with family and friends, we raised the needed $3,000.   This will make it possible for the Northwest Academy students to plant hundreds of trees, aid our staff in […] 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

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

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Upcoming Events

Potluck & Program – Photojournaling with Insects

June 1 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Galena Cellars Vineyard

Entomologists, explorers, and photojournalists Michael Jeffords and Susan Post will present “Photojournaling with Insects,” featuring stunning close-up photographs of insects in the beauty of their natural surroundings.  Their talk will include photos and commentary from their book “Exploring Nature in Illinois,” a guide to natural areas throughout the state that are well worth a day […] Read More

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Insects of the Night – At Night!

June 4 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wapello Land and Water Reserve

New event!  Bring the entire family and join JDCF and Field Museum staff for an evening of exploring insects of the night.  You might be surprised at what we find!  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

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Experience Gateway Park – A Walking Tour

June 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Galena Gateway Park

Join JDCF and Field Museum staff for a guided tour of Galena 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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A Chorus of Insects: Poetry, Prose, Music

June 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Save the date for this joint fundraiser with the Galena Center for the Arts.  Details to follow.

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