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Our 2020 calendar of events has changed in response to COVID-19 and Illinois’ Stay-at-Home Order.  Please join us for our Facebook Live events in April and check back often as we move forward with a new schedule.

July 2020

Gone Herping – A Facebook Live Event

JDCF will be Live from the Hurtzville Interpretive Center in Jackson County, Iowa. Our Education & Outreach Manager, Jess Carryer, will be joined by special guest, Tony Vorwald, for a program all about herping!
Herping is the act of searching for amphibians and reptiles. Habitat preferences range from dry sand prairies to swampy bottomlands. Studying herptiles is a great way to spend your day outdoors. Tune in to see live turtles, salamanders, and snakes up close. All of the species featured in the event are native to our area. You could find them in your own backyard!

August 2020

$10

Experience Horseshoe Mound ~ A Walking Tour

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 and tour the many points of interest found at the preserve. You will also have a chance to see and ask questions about the restoration work being done on the western slope of the mound that is visible from Highway 20. The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will meet in the parking lot at the top of the lane. A suggested donation of $10/person for non-members of JDCF is welcome to help with costs of maintaining the preserve.  We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring this event.

$10

Meteors on the Mound

JDCF and the Friends of Horseshoe Mound invite everyone to Meteors on the Mound for 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. The event is free for members of JDCF and $10/person for non-members. RSVP’s are not required.

There will be family-friendly activities for people of all ages as well a presentation by an expert astronomer.  Amateur astronomers will have telescopes onsite so that participants can view various heavenly bodies. If you have a telescope, please bring it along.  This program is weather dependent so if it is raining, please visit the JDCF website or Facebook page for updates.

September 2020

Experience Horseshoe Mound ~ A Walking Tour

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 and tour the many points of interest found at the preserve. You will also have a chance to see and ask questions about the restoration work being done on the western slope of the mound that is visible from Highway 20. The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will meet in the parking lot at the top of the lane. A suggested donation of $10/person for non-members of JDCF is welcome to help with costs of maintaining the preserve.  We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring this event.

October 2020

Fireside Storytelling at Wapello

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 a marshmallow or two!  Free and RSVP’s not needed.

Experience Horseshoe Mound ~ A Walking Tour

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 and tour the many points of interest found at the preserve. You will also have a chance to see and ask questions about the restoration work being done on the western slope of the mound that is visible from Highway 20. The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will meet in the parking lot at the top of the lane. A suggested donation of $10/person for non-members of JDCF is welcome to help with costs of maintaining the preserve.  We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring this event.

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