Entrance Road to Horseshoe Mound Now Paved!

We are sure that the entire community joins us in thanking all those who made it possible for us to
“Pave our Way to the Top” of Horseshoe Mound this past summer! Last year, JDCF and the Friends of Horseshoe Mound contacted University of Wisconsin/Platteville senior engineering students and asked them to give us options for improving the Horseshoe Mound access road.  In a presentation a few months later, the group presented their recommendations for improvements to the road that would minimize maintenance costs and improve the long-term performance of the roadway. Based on these findings, it was recommended that chip sealing the road near its top, adding drainage ditches, and improving the maintenance of culverts would extend the life of the road.

Once the plans were in hand, JDCF staff contacted long time Premier Partner, Vincent Earthmoving, to discuss options. Vincent Earthmoving, Louie’s Trenching, and Le Fevre Inn & Resort contributed time, materials, and dollars to make the upgrade of the road a reality. The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and Libby and Ron Miller stepped up and contributed funding to complete the project. This is an incredible gift to the community, one that will make is easier for everyone to head to the top of the mound and share the view!

Upcoming Events

Snowshoe Hike & Cross Country Ski at Wapello

February 8 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Friends of Wapello invite you to explore the trails of Wapello by snowshoe or ski and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies under the new pavilion.  You will have the opportunity to meet members of the volunteer, Friends group and ask questions about the exciting things going on at Wapello including the proposed Discovery Center. […] Read More

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Popcorn & Program: “Racing Extinction”

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Emmy-nominated film, “Racing Extinction,” follows a team of artists and activists as they expose the hidden world of extinction with rarely-before-seen images of precious and endangered species. Louie Psihoyos, the documentary’s producer, is an esteemed National Geographic photographer and Academy Award winning filmmaker. “Racing Extinction” features appearances by Photo Ark photographer Joel Sartore, Tesla […] Read More

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Early Spring Bird Walk at Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary

March 26 @ 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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JDCF Annual Meeting

March 28 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Details to come!

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