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Our 2019 calendar of events is taking shape. We have some exciting new outings planned in addition to our signature events of Camp Casper, Potluck and Program Series, Moonlight Frog Walk, and Meteors on the Mound.  Scroll through and mark your calendars today!

April 2019

JDCF’s Biggest Tree Contest

You may hear people speak of them reverently. You might catch word of a “big tree,” an important tree, a “Champion Tree.” But what does this mean?

JDCF is sponsoring a Biggest Tree Contest to recognize the largest tree within each of the designated native tree species that grow in Carroll, Jo Daviess, and Stephenson Counties. Gather the family and head outside to discover, record, and appreciate the largest native tree species in our forests, parks, and front yards from April 1st through October 1st, 2019. We hope that in searching for these champion trees, you will become more aware of the beauty and importance of Illinois’ native trees. Information about the contest can be found here:  Big Tree Rack Card

August 2019

Play it Forward Golf Outing to Benefit JDCF

Play a round of golf with your friends or business associates and support JDCF’s education programs that benefit our youth!  Scout Magazine and Woodbine Bend’s Annual Play it Forward Golf Benefit is Saturday, August 3rd with registration at noon and a shotgun start at 1 PM.Foursomes are $360. Or, attend just the evening festivities for $50.00. Drinks and food afterwards with a silent and live auction featuring get-a-ways like a trip for a family of four to Walt Disney World.  Register your team today at www.woodbinebend.com/the-course/.

 

Experience Wapello Reserve – A Wildflower Walk

Join the Friends of Wapello for an afternoon tour of the prairie in full bloom.  Ranked as one of the best short-grass prairie restorations in the state, an expert guide will introduce us to the variety of plants and wildflowers found there.  We will meet under the new pavilion near the parking lot.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

$10

Meteors on the Mound

JDCF invites the public to Meteors on the Mound to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower from atop Horseshoe Mound Preserve. Horseshoe Mound is the eighth highest point in Jo Daviess County and offers spectacular views of the tristate area from three different vantage points. This is the only time of the year that the preserve is open to the public after dark so it is a special occasion.

Enjoy family-friendly activities and learn all about meteors. Amateur astronomers will have telescopes onsite so that the participants can view various heavenly bodies. If you have a telescope, please bring it along. $10/person for non-members of JDCF.

Experience Horseshoe Mound – A Walking Tour

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of JDCF’s Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Wonder no more and join our Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker, for a one-hour tour to discover the many points of interest atop the mound.  The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will meet in the parking lot at the top of the lane. This event is free to the public and RSVP’s are not required.

September 2019

Experience Horseshoe Mound – A Walking Tour

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of JDCF’s Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Wonder no more and join our Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker, for a one-hour tour to discover the many points of interest atop the mound.  The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will meet in the parking lot at the top of the lane. This event is free to the public and RSVP’s are not required.

October 2019

Experience Horseshoe Mound – A Walking Tour

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of JDCF’s Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Wonder no more and join our Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker, for a one-hour tour to discover the many points of interest atop the mound.  The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will meet in the parking lot at the top of the lane. This event is free to the public and RSVP’s are not required.

November 2019

Extreme Weather Events – the impacts to our region & our pocketbooks

Steve Keeffer, Jo Daviess County Engineer, Carrie McKillip, president of the National Extension Disaster Preparedness organization, and Justin Gehrts, Galena native and meteorologist with KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, will present on the impacts and costs of the wave of extreme weather events we have already experienced as well as those predicted to come.

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Physical Address

126 N. Main Street
Elizabeth, Illinois 61028

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 216
Elizabeth, Illinois 61028-0216

Email

info@jdcf.org

Telephone

(815) 858-9100 (voice)