Preserve Closures Announced

JDCF announces the following dates for closure of ALL our preserves for hunting seasons in 2019 and early 2020. November 22nd-24th, December 5th-8th, December 13th-15th & December 26th-29th, 2019, and January 17th-19th, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Biggest Tree Contest Winners Announced

In early November, JDCF announced the winners of the 2019 Biggest Tree Contest!  In all, 126 entries from across Carroll, Jo Daviess, and Stephenson counties in northwest Illinois were submitted.  Rules required that trees be one of 25 native species and we received nominations in all categories.  Our criteria for ranking the biggest trees of […] Read More

Nominations Open for Annual Conservation Leadership Award

JDCF is accepting nominations for the  Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award, which will be presented at the Foundation’s annual meeting in early 2020. An individual, organization, governmental entity, educational institution, or business that has demonstrated creativity and/or leadership in the preservation, restoration, or stewardship of natural areas and/or Native American cultural resources, or has […] Read More

“This is the Best Day Ever!”

This phrase was heard many times over two days in May at JDCF’s Horseshoe Mound Preserve as 200 local 3rd and 4th graders came to experience the upgraded Dorte Breckenridge Children’s Adventure. The upgrade was made possible by a public ameni-ties grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and was a huge hit! Previously, […] Read More

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 We will start indoors in […] Read More

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