News

The Witkowsky State Wildlife Area: After 30 Years, A Promise Fulfilled

Over three decades have passed since Jack and Iris Witkowsky made the decision to donate 400 of their 510-acre “Anka Farm” to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) as a leadership gift towards the creation of the Witkowsky State Wildlife Area. The family purchased the working farm, located on Blackjack Road in Hanover, from […] Read More

Galena Gateway Park Expansion to Benefit Area Residents & Visitors

In early December, JDCF donated the 80-acre Addition to Galena Gateway Park to the City of Galena. This land donation represents an ongoing partnership between JDCF and the City to protect the conservation and scenic vistas in East Galena and provide recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. In a public-private partnership with the City […] Read More

Land, Education & Stewardship

JDCF’s mission is to preserve land for the well-being of people and wildlife.  We do this through our three program areas of land protection, education and outreach, and land stewardship with the help of an amazing group of volunteers. Click the image for a link to a beautiful new video that showcases our work in […] Read More

New Trail Connection at Casper Bluff!

In conjunction with the extension of the Galena River Trail (GRT), JDCF has opened up a walking trail on an old road bed that leads from the base of the GRT to the top of Casper Bluff! Hikers and bikers can now add to their experience along the trail with a detour up to Casper […] Read More

Upcoming Events

Fantastic Frogs & Friends Frog Walk

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bring the whole family to Fantastic Frogs & Friends, a frog walk beginning on the east side of the Meeker Street footbridge along the Galena River Trail in downtown Galena, IL. Learn all about frogs and toads, join us in a toast to spring, and then take part in a guided hike down the trail […] Read More

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Bluebird & Red-headed Woodpecker Workshop

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Everyone is invited to enjoy a workshop on two of our most beautiful native birds, bluebirds and red-headed woodpeckers. This morning workshop will be filled with interesting and colorful information about these beautiful birds, including how you can help monitor bluebird trails and local woodpecker populations, and even attract them to your property. You are […] Read More

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JDCF’s Portage Site: A Center of Native American History

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

All tours are full.  Due to the amount of interest in this event, we are planning a fall tour.  Dates are TBD.

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Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary Grand Opening

June 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for the grand opening of our newest preserve, a 405-acre bird sanctuary donated to JDCF by former Stockton resident Nancy Hamill Winter.  We will be joined by the Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Educational Center with Marshmallow, their Educational American White Pelican.  To date, there have been documented sightings of over 100 different […] Read More

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