Casper Bluff to Grow to 100+ Acres!

Nearly ten years after JDCF purchased the original 85-acre Casper Bluff Preserve, we are thrilled to announce the acquisition of 21 acres that will be managed as a new addition to Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve. Funding for the purchase of this property was generously provided by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, the Grand Victoria Foundation, and Google Inc.

This new addition will be restored to native prairie and savanna habitats in partnership with the Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts, who will be donating native prairie seed for the restoration. The future prairie and savanna restorations will provide critical grassland habitat for a dozen bird species “in greatest need of conservation” and expand on the 46 acres of prairie and oak savanna habitats have been already been restored in the nine years since JDCF’s acquisition of the original Casper Bluff. Stay tuned as this project moves forward.

Upcoming Events

Meteors on the Mound

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

JDCF and the Planetary Studies Foundation (PSF) invite the public to a night sky viewing event. As part of the Perseid meteor shower that will be taking place, PSF planetary geologist, Dr. Paul Sipiera will be sharing his expertise in the area of meteorites beginning around 7:30 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., Diane Sipiera, Executive Director of […] Read More

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Creatures of the Night: Owls & Bats

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about some of our nocturnal friends, owls and bats. This program, geared towards a middle school grade level, introduces the life cycle of the owl and its food and habitat. It also identifies the characteristics that make the owl a perfect predator and member of the raptor family. Participants will get to dissect an […] Read More

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Owl Prowl

December 2 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening owl-prowl hike at Casper Bluff.  This year, we will be joined by the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education Center who will bring along a few of their feathered friends for an educational program and meet and greet with live owls before we head out on the trails. There will be […] Read More

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