Casper Creek Natural Cemetery Becomes A Reality

After six years of intensive work and investigation by a group of JDCF staff and dedicated volunteers, the Casper Creek Natural Cemetery, located in Galena, IL has become a reality, opening for business on October 1, 2020. As traditional means of fundraising within the nonprofit world have diversified, JDCF was faced with an urgent question – how do we fund our expanding annual land stewardship costs? The answer? Create a for-profit business as a subsidiary of the Foundation to support our nonprofit mission, a model being adopted in different ways by other organizations as well. It was paramount that the business fit with our mission, core values, and vision. Many ideas were discussed but in the end a natural cemetery rose to the top as a perfect fit. Our Executive Director, Steve Barg, introduces Casper Creek in his Letter from the Director, published in the spring/summer edition of our newsletter, Land Matters:  Casper Creek Natural Cemetery

Rendering of Casper Creek Natural Cemetery (c) Stephen F. Cristy, Jr., LLC

Upcoming Events

All Things Butterfly ~ A Facebook Live Event

August 13 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

JDCF will be on location at the Wapello Land and Reserve for a program all about butterflies.  We will be joined by a butterfly expert who will discuss the life cycle, migration patterns, and importance of these insects, specifically the painted lady.  Our Facebook Live series is sponsored by the Apple River State Bank/First Community […] Read More

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Facebook Live with Dubuque County Conservation

August 20 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

We will be traveling across the river for a Facebook Live broadcast with special guest Kaytlan Moeller of Dubuque County Conservation to learn about the many opportunities for outdoor recreation in and around the Dubuque, IA area.  We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring our Facebook Live series.

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Fireside Storytelling at Wapello

October 12 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Bring a lawn chair and join the JDCF’s volunteer group, the Friends of Wapello, by a fire for storytelling.  Stories can teach lessons and make people laugh. Native Americans that once inhabited Wapello passed on their knowledge to the next generation through story telling. Come listen, learn, and share a laugh.  You can even bring […] Read More

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