Our Mission

The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF), a land trust in Jo Daviess County, IL, was founded in 1993 by a small group of local individuals who wanted to somehow maintain the open space of a piece of property near Galena that had recently been put up for sale.  The group’s purpose was to permanently protect what many deemed ‘the Gateway to Galena’ from development, ensuring that the pristine view of the City from Hwy 20 along Horseshoe Mound would be preserved for future generations to enjoy.  That goal recently became a reality when JDCF finally purchased the 100 acres known as Galena Gateway Park in 2010.  During the almost 18 year struggle to reach this goal, the Foundation grew from a group of volunteers meeting in one another’s basements to an organization with an office and full-time staff that is dedicated to land conservation in all of Jo Daviess County.

Today, JDCF works to preserve land for the lasting well-being of people and wildlife.

We accomplish this mission by:

  • Educating people about land stewardship and resource conservation.
  • Permanently protecting land from inappropriate development.
  • Working with willing landowners through conservation registries, easements, and land donations.
  • Supporting recreation that promotes appreciation of our natural resources.
  • Partnering with other like-minded organizations.

Upcoming Events

Snowshoe Hike & Cross Country Ski at Wapello

February 8, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Explore the trails of Wapello by snowshoe or ski and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies with the Friends of Wapello. With a nice layer of snow, wildlife tracks can be seen and traced around their habitat. The Friends of Wapello is a volunteer, civic organization created to promote, develop, and interpret the natural and archaeological […] Read More

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Woodcock Walk at Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary

March 26, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Woodcocks, also known as timberdoodles, are one of nature’s earliest signs of spring. Learn how the woodcock dances in the sky and on the ground to attract a mate. The Valley of Eden short grassland habitat is thriving with wildlife of all kinds and we invite you to join us in viewing the sunset showing […] Read More

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Wanted: Volunteer Bluebird Monitors

April 16, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Details to come!

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iNaturalist Workshop

May 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learn how the popular nature app, iNaturalist, can help you learn about nature. By recording your nature observations on iNat, you’re creating research quality data for scientists to use around the world. This online community will help you identify and understand the environment around you. Check it out at https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/about. We will start indoors in […] Read More

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