News

Wild Foods – From Field to Table

When the world gives you garlic mustard, make pesto! JDCF went live recently with a new Facebook Live program.  Jess Carryer, JDCF Outreach and Education Manager, showed us some common edibles that can be foraged close to home and then demonstrated how to make garlic mustard pesto. What a great use for this prolific invasive […] Read More

Bluebirds, Citizen Science & You!

We are here for the long haul! JDCF was Live on Facebook recently with our 6th Facebook Live program.  Jess Carryer, JDCF Outreach and Education Manager, was joined by special guest, Joan Harmet, to discuss the basics of bluebird nest boxes and how to monitor them.  Bluebird monitoring is a great family activity and volunteers […] Read More

Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt Now at Horseshoe Mound Preserve

Need to get the kids outside? How about a scavenger hunt at Horseshoe Mound Preserve? Please practice social distancing while searching for the 5 clues on this hunt. A numbered tree cookie will mark the correct spot for each clue found. Horseshoe Mound is located at 1679 N Blackjack Rd, Galena, IL. 1. A grassy […] Read More

Notes from the Field with Steve Barg

Our Executive Director, Steve Barg, points out 5 spring ephemerals blooming now at the Schurmeier Teaching Forest in Elizabeth, IL.

Upcoming Events

Oak Savannas – A Facebook Live Event

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

We are all in this together! For a virtual, family-friendly activity, join JDCF Education & Outreach Manager, Jess Carryer, for the next in our series of nature-related, educational Facebook Live events sponsored by Gabby’s Gifts in Galena, IL. We will be practicing social distancing while learning about oak savanna habitat from a surprise guest speaker, […] Read More

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Prairie Blooms at Wapello

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

We are all in this together! For a virtual, family-friendly activity, join JDCF Education & Outreach Manager, Jess Carryer, for the next in our series of nature-related, educational Facebook Live events sponsored by Gabby’s Gifts in Galena, IL. We will be practicing social distancing while touring the prairie at the Wapello Preserve.  A special guest […] Read More

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Valley of Eden Film Release ~ A Virtual Tour with Expert Guides

June 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Friends of Valley of Eden will be releasing a short film to replace their annual Birding 101 event that has been cancelled due to Covid-19.  Two expert birders will discuss key features of the bird sanctuary including the rare grassland habitat that is home to endangered and threatened bird species.   Details to come.   […] Read More

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Experience Horseshoe Mound ~ A Walking Tour

June 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Well, wonder no more because we have brought back our popular walking tours with JDCF Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker.  Participants will get the inside scoop on geologic features that can be seen from the top of the mound […] Read More

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