News

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

Freeing the Oaks – Restoring a Rare Ecosystem at Gateway Park

JDCF is thrilled to receive two grants that will be used to restore 14 acres of native oak savanna at Gateway Park in Galena, Illinois. Volunteers with the Galena Area Land Enthusiasts (GALE) and the Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts (NIPE) have been working hard since 2015 to restore this overgrown area of the park to […] Read More

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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