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

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 https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/about. We will start indoors in […] Read More

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