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JDCF Announces Slate of Candidates for Election to the Board

The following candidate will stand for election to the Board of Directors at JDCF’s Annual Meeting: Barbara Baird: Following an eight-year Land Surveyor Internship in 1967, Barbara was active in the profession for over 30 years, retiring in 2003. She was a licensed surveyor in the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. She founded Baird […] Read More

The Witkowsky State Wildlife Area: After 30 Years, A Promise Fulfilled

Over three decades have passed since Jack and Iris Witkowsky made the decision to donate 400 of their 510-acre “Anka Farm” to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) as a leadership gift towards the creation of the Witkowsky State Wildlife Area. The family purchased the working farm, located on Blackjack Road in Hanover, from […] Read More

Open Position – Land Stewardship Manager

JDCF has an immediate opening for a Land Stewardship Manager. This s a full-time, permanent position responsible for the stewardship, management, ecological restoration, and maintenance of public access of JDCF properties.  Duties include managing 11 preserves totaling 1,528 acres owned by JDCF and working with partners to restore and manage the 100-acre Galena Gateway Park […] Read More

Galena Gateway Park Expansion to Benefit Area Residents & Visitors

In early December, JDCF donated the 80-acre Addition to Galena Gateway Park to the City of Galena. This land donation represents an ongoing partnership between JDCF and the City to protect the conservation and scenic vistas in East Galena and provide recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. In a public-private partnership with the City […] Read More

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Upcoming Events

Popcorn & Program: Movie “Ancient America” & Presentation by Phil Millhouse

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This popcorn and program event features the movie “Ancient America” by award-winning producer/director Gray Warriner of Camera One productions, about the indigenous people who first settled eastern North America, including northwestern Illinois. Several thousand years ago, Woodland and Mississippian peoples were constructing impressive burial mound groups throughout the Mississippi River Valley and its tributaries. Some […] Read More

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JDCF Annual Meeting

April 7 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The public is invited to JDCF’s annual meeting on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 beginning with a social hour at 4:30 PM.  Our keynote speaker will be Jon Greendeer, Former President and current Executive Director of Heritage Preservation of the Ho-Chunk Nation.  Jon is a proud member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, a student of the Ho-Chunk […] Read More

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Fantastic Frogs & Friends Frog Walk

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bring the whole family to Fantastic Frogs & Friends, a frog walk beginning on the east side of the Meeker Street footbridge along the Galena River Trail in downtown Galena, IL. Learn all about frogs and toads, join us in a toast to spring, and then take part in a guided hike down the trail […] Read More

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Bluebird & Red-headed Woodpecker Workshop

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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