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Each year, JDCF focuses on a theme. Previous themes have included The (Mississippi) River, Backyard Birding, and most recently in 2015, the Geology of the Driftless Area. Our theme for 2016 is Insects of the Upper Mississippi. With the help of committed volunteers, we are planning speakers and field outings for adults and children which will explore the important role these small creatures play in nature and our lives. In addition, our calendar also features signature events such as our annual Camp Casper, Moonlight Frog Walk, Spring Wildflower Walk, and Fall Forest Walk. All of these events are free to the public, so join us!

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August 2016

Experience Gateway Park – A Walking Tour

Join JDCF and Field Museum staff on a guided tour of Gateway Park.  The walk will take place on mowed trails over rolling terrain.  We will meet in the parking lot off of Powderhouse Hill Rd at 1:00 PM.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

Persied Meteor Shower

JDCF and the Planetary Studies Foundation (PSF) will co-host a viewing of the Persied Meteor shower from atop Horseshoe Mound Preserve.  Dr. Paul Sipiera, planetary geologist, will be sharing his expertise in the area of meteorites beginning at 7:30 p.m.   At 8:30 p.m., Diane Sipiera, Executive Director of PSF, will be telling stories about the nighttime sky and how the indigenous American’s interpreted their sky. PSF’s amateur astronomers will be using  telescopes so that the audience can view various heavenly bodies.  PSF will have its traveling meteorite exhibit on hand as well.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

September 2016

Experience Gateway Park – A Walking Tour

Join JDCF and Field Museum staff on a guided tour of Gateway Park.  The walk will take place on mowed trails over rolling terrain.  We will meet in the parking lot off of Powderhouse Hill Rd at 1:00 PM.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

Fall Forest Hike

Fall is a great time for a walk in the woods.  Join JDCF and a local Master Naturalist for a hike along the trails at Schurmeier Forest to identify trees and shrubs by their fall colors.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

October 2016

Experience Gateway Park – A Walking Tour

Join JDCF and Field Museum staff for a guided tour of Gateway Park.  The walk will take place on mowed trails over rolling terrain.  We will meet in the parking lot off of Powderhouse Hill Rd at 1:00 PM.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

Creatures of the Night – Owls & Bats

Bring the family and explore the nocturnal lives of owls and bats.  This program, geared towards a middle school grade level, introduces the life cycle of the owl and its food and habitat.  It also identifies the characteristics that make the owl a perfect predator and member of the raptor family.  Participants will also get to dissect an owl pellet to see exactly what an owls eats.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

December 2016

Owl Prowl at Casper Bluff

We will begin the event by examining the contents of owl pellets to see what these nocturnal birds of prey eat.  This will be followed by a night hike through Casper Bluff to identify different owls by their calls.  The family-friendly event is free to the public and RSVP’s are not required.

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Physical Address

126 N. Main Street
Elizabeth, Illinois

Mailing Address

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

Email

info@jdcf.org

Telephone

(815) 858-9100 (voice)
(815) 858-9201 (fax)