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JDCF & Murphy’s Gardens Welcome Spring with a Native Plant Sale

Murphy’s Gardens in Galena is once again hosting two native plant sales to benefit JDCF! The first will be April 26-28 and will feature spring/early summer blooming plants such as Virginia bluebells and shooting star.  The second on May 17-20 will feature summer bloomers such as prairie dropseed, common milkweed, and rough blazing star.  Cost: […] Read More

Open Position – Land Conservation Intern

The Land Conservation Intern position is a 40 hours per week, summer seasonal position responsible for the assisting with JDCF’s land preservation and land stewardship programs. This position will also assist with the land stewardship program at Twin Ponds Research Farm. This position is designed to give the Intern a comprehensive understanding of nonprofit land […] Read More

Notice: The Following Individuals Will Stand for Election at JDCF’s Annual Meeting

Christine Larson: Christine (Chris) Larson brings over 20 years of corporate experience in sales and marketing, business development and management. She is currently Executive Director for St. Vincent de Paul Racine County Council in Wisconsin. Chris has served on the Staff of Four Mounds Foundation and from 2006 thru 2008 she served as Executive Director of […] Read More

What’s Happening at Horseshoe Mound?

Those driving east on Highway 20 might have noticed some changes to the visible, western slope of Horseshoe Mound since the sale of the property by the Richardson Family to the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) in December 2018. When JDCF acquires a property, they establish a wildlife habitat restoration plan to return native, historic […] Read More

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Upcoming Events

JDCF Annual Meeting with Lydia Scott, Director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative at the Morton Arboretum

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

The public is invited to attend JDCF’s annual meeting for an interactive social hour, election and re-election of board members, and the announcement of the recipient of the 2018 Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award.  Our keynote speaker will be Lydia Scott, Director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative and Manager of Community Trees Program at […] Read More

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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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Wine & Woodcocks Viewing Party

April 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Bring a lawn chair, blanket, and beverage of choice and join us at dusk to learn about and view woodcocks at JDCF’s Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary.  It is a half mile hike to the viewing area and an ATV will be available for those needing assistance. A flashlight may be helpful for the walk […] Read More

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Moonlight Frog Walk

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Bring the whole family for an adventure along the levee in Galena, an early evening frog walk beginning on the east side of the Meeker Street footbridge adjacent to the Galena River Trail in downtown Galena, IL. The event begins at 6:00 pm. Learn all about frogs and toads, join us in a toast to […] Read More

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