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

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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Calling all Volunteers: Spring Bird Count 2019

May 4 @ 6:00 am - 4:30 pm

Do you have an interest in birds?  Can you identify most of those that visit your backyard? Would you like to have the chance to see many new and different species in a single day in the company of an experienced birder? We are seeking volunteers on Saturday, May 4th, to join a day-long Spring […] Read More

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iNaturalist Workshop with Cassi Saari

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Become a citizen scientist at our iNaturalist Workshop! iNaturalist is an online community of people recording and sharing their observations of the natural world. Whether your a total nature-nerd or just simply going for a walk, your observations of the natural world can help generate scientifically valuable biodiversity data. In this workshop, you will learn […] Read More

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Ice Cream Social

May 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for an old-fashioned ice cream social under the new pavilion at the Wapello Land & Water Reserve.  The Friends of Wapello will be on hand to give guided tours of the site.

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