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Our 2018 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, Bluebird Trail Walk, and Fall Forest Walk. The full calendar will be posted soon so check back often for more information.

October 2018

Critters of the Night

Join JDCF on Saturday, October 2oth at 10:00 AM to learn about some of our nocturnal friends, 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 can dissect an owl pellet to see exactly what an owls eats. Basic information about bats will also be covered with an emphasis on how they navigate by a special system called echolocation. This free program will be held at the Belden School in the Galena Territory. RSVP’s are not required.

November 2018


Keynote Address: Kay Rhoads, Principal Chief of the Sac & Fox Nation

To kick off JDCF’s Voices from the Past: An Archaeological & Cultural Symposium, Kay Rhoads, Principal Chief of the Sac and Fox Nation, will give a keynote speech on Friday evening at 7:00 PM at the Hanover Township Park District Building, 500 Fillmore Street, Hanover, IL.  There is a $10.00/person entrance fee for non-JDCF members.


Voices from the Past: An Archaeological & Cultural Symposium

JDCF’s Wapello Reserve has many stories to tell about the native people who once inhabited the Mississippi River Driftless area. Exploration of Wapello’s broad terraces show that Paleo, Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, and Euro-American peoples used the land along the Apple River over many millennia. These occupations left a rich record of artifacts, hearths, storage pits, and house remains, along with burial mounds.

These sites were long known to local historians and descendant tribes, and have recently attracted the attention of archaeologists. Over the past decade, a series of archaeological surface collections, excavations, and geophysical surveys have revealed new perspectives and interpretations of these landscapes. Although research is ongoing, it is clear that between A.D. 1100-1350, Wapello was a place where local Woodland people and southern Mississippian people (or ideas) interacted, causing a negotiation of cultural choices to occur. These synergies impacted the region’s histories and are intimately tied with the heritage of descendant communities. This symposium will dive deep into the findings from these archaeological investigations and will host a platform to engage both native and local communities in conversations about past, place, and future directions.

A variety of speakers will come together to explore challenges, successes, and knowledge gained from these discoveries including staff from the Field Museum, local historians and archaeologists, and representatives from the Sac and Fox and Ho-Chunk Nations. $10.00 entrance fee for non-JDCF members. RSVP’s required for lunch.

Potluck & Program – Citizen Science, Modern Technology & the Conservation of Nature

Charlie Blake, PhD biologist, will present on Citizen Science, Modern Technology and the Conservation of Nature. Charlie directs RiverWatch, an Illinois statewide citizen science program which monitors stream health. She will be giving an overview of popular phone apps including eBird and iNaturalist and web sites like FieldScope, which allow for far more accurate gathering and sharing of information about our natural world and thus are becoming increasingly vital to conservationists and educators. Charlie says her passion is “bringing science to the community and bringing the community into science.”

This speaker event will take place at River Ridge School District, 4141 Illinois Route 84, just south of the intersection with Route 20. The potluck will begin at 5:30 with the presentation at 7 pm. If attending the potluck, please bring a dish to pass and your own table service. All beverages must be non-alcoholic. An entrée will be provided. If attending just the talk, please arrive shortly before 7.

We wish to thank River Ridge for hosting this event and the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring our 2018 speaker series.

Kimberly Blaeser, WI Poet Laureate

Join us for a memorable evening of poetry at the Galena Center for the Arts. Kimberly Blaeser is a Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches Creative Writing and Native American Literatures. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Apprenticed to Justice, Absentee Indians and Other Poems, and Trailing You. Blaeser is Anishinaabe, an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, and grew up on the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. She is the editor of Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose and Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. Blaeser, is currently at work on a collection of “Picto-Poems” which combines her photographs and poetry. We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for their sponsorship of our 2018 speaker series.

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