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Thank you, Galena Brewing Company!

Everyone at JDCF thanks the Galena Brewing Company for another successful pouring of the Major Daviess Summer Ale.  This unique collaboration between a for-profit and nonprofit benefits land preservation, nature education and outreach, and stewardship of our natural areas in Jo Daviess County! We look forward to another season of a great taste for a […] Read More

Horseshoe Mound Has A New Entrance Road!

The road to the top of the mound has been paved!  We thank Vincent Earthmoving & Louie’s Trenching Service for donating the time and materials to complete this needed project and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for their support. It is now be easier for everyone to come on up and ‘Share the View’!

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

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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

JDCF is hosting a panel discussion on Extreme Weather:  the impacts on landowners and tax payers.  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 […] Read More

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