Loading Events

Upcoming Events

Our 2020 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!

March 2020

Better Than We Found It – A Discussion on Environmental Protection in 2020

Join Illinois Environmental Council and Galena Green Team for a discussion about how you can help protect the environment in 2020! IEC’s Executive Director, Jen Walling, will lead a presentation and discussion about on-going challenges and opportunities in environmental protection at the state and local levels, the 2020 environmental legislative agenda, and ways in which you can plug into the environmental movement in Illinois.  RSVP at ilenviro.org/galena.  For accessibility information contact the venue at 815-281-2393.


Popcorn & Program: “Racing Extinction”

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 and SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, primatologist Jane Goodall, and others. “Racing Extinction” sparked the #StartWith1Thing movement and showcases high tech innovations and simple ideas that are helping to win the race against extinction. After the screening, Kraig McPeek, endangered species expert with the Iowa and Illinois field office of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, will talk about ways we can help endangered species close to home.

Complementary popcorn and Potosi beer.  $10/suggested donation for non members, RSVP’s not required, but seating may be limited. Doors open at 6:00 PM.

JDCF wishes to thank The Galena Territory for providing the venue for this event, the Potosi Foundation for donating the beer, and Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring JDCF’s speaker series.


Early Spring Bird Walk at Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary

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 of woodcocks and other wildlife in their home. Meet by the kiosk for an introduction before we start down the trail. Rain/snowdate is April 2nd. Free and RSVP’s not needed.

NW IL Burn Co-op Announces Annual Prescribed Burn Training

Have you ever wanted to learn more about prescribed ecological burning? Do you own wildlife habitat that could benefit from prescribed ecological burning? Have you ever wanted to be part of a prescribed burn crew?

A basic training for prescribed burn team participants will be held in the Galena Territory Association Owners’ Club Lounge focusing on fire behavior, prescribed burn planning, safety, equipment, and execution. This training session is co-sponsored by the Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts, and the Galena Territory Association Greenspace Committee. This training is open to people of all skill and experience levels.

The burn team is a cooperative effort designed to help people who want to use prescribed fire to manage prairie, savanna, and woodland habitats. We require individuals, or their representatives, who want their property burned to join the team and participate on at least five (5) burns before a burn on their property can be scheduled. We also welcome volunteers who just want to help manage our region’s beautiful landscapes through prescribed burning. We require all burn team members to attend our burn class or another class deemed equivalent before participating with the burn crew.  For more information, contact Jake Pulfer, JDCF Land Stewardship Manager, at jpulfer@nulljdcf.org.


JDCF Annual Meeting

Douglas Stotz, Senior Conservation Ecologist in the Keller Science Action Center at the Field Museum, will present: Three billion birds gone: what does this mean and what do we do about it.

Doug received his Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from University of Chicago in 1990. He is active in programs to preserve biological diversity and threatened habitats, both in the Chicago region and in other countries. In Chicago, he focuses on studying bird migration, the effects of climate change on bird populations, and the value of urban area to biodiversity conservation. He is co-chair of the Climate Change Committee for Chicago Wilderness. Besides his bird work, Doug is part of the museum’s Monarch team, ensuring that urban areas live up to their potential for providing habitat and milkweed to this declining migratory butterfly.

He also has researched birds in South America across 35 years. Doug did his dissertation research on antwrens throughout Brazil, and then spent two years at the Museu de Zoologia in Sao Paulo as a post-doc. As part of the Field Museum’s tropical Rapid Biological Inventory teams, he has participated in more than 25 inventories in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, and Cuba as well as one in China. Doug is an author of two books on Neotropical birds; Birds of Peru, a landmark field guide to the 1800+ bird species in Peru, and Neotropical Birds: Ecology and Conservation, which uses information on the distribution and ecological patterns of over 4000 Latin American birds to analyze conservation priorities.

RSVP to info@nulljdcf.org by March 23rd, 2020.


April 2020

Bluebird Monitors & Wannabes

Join our Bluebird Recovery Team under the picnic shelter at the Schurmeier Teaching Forest to learn how to monitor bluebird nest boxes. Whether you have been monitoring bluebirds for years or are just getting started, this event is for you. While many bird species in North American are on a decline, bluebirds are doing okay. Citizen science efforts, like this one, track bluebird populations and implement changes in nesting habitat to help fledge healthy, young bluebirds. This event is free and RSVP’s are not required. Dress for the weather and bring your refillable water bottle.

Moonlight Frog Walk

Bring the whole family to Fantastic Frogs & Friends, a frog walk beginning on the east side of the Meeker Street footbridge along the Galena River Trail in downtown Galena, IL.  The event begins at 6:00 pm.  Learn all about frogs and toads, join us in a toast to spring, and then take part in a guided hike down the trail to see how many frogs we can see and hear.  Participants will learn about the difference between frogs and toads as well as how to identify them by their sound or “call”.  Parking is available on Park Avenue and Jefferson Street in Galena.  This is a catch and release event and will be held rain or shine. Free to the public.

Native Plant Fundraiser at Murphy’s Gardens

Murphy’s Gardens will once again host a native plant fundraiser for JDCF. $2.00 from each straight species native plant sold will be donated to the Foundation. This includes pints, quarts, gallons and bare-root shrubs. Prices will vary depending on plant size and species. The list is growing everyday. Check back for details as the date draws closer.

Birding & Botanizing

A unique birding experience lead by our local bird expert, Dr. Charlie Winterwood, will be held at the south entrance to the Mississippi Palisades State Park.  Nearly half of all birds in North America use this route to migrate, and this is your opportunity to see them. If you have binoculars and/or a camera, bring them as you will be using them non-stop. Extra binoculars will be available as well. This event involves moderate hiking up stairs (with lots of stops to look at birds and flowers) so come prepared with hiking boots, weather appropriate clothing, and water.

This is a show-case event of the regularly scheduled Thursday Bird Outings that happen during the spring and fall migration. A fun group of regulars will be eager to teach you how to ID species and what to expect. Ask to be put on the “Birding list” for updates on these Thursday Bird Outings. Come watch the migration in action! Free and RSVP’s not needed.

May 2020

iNaturalist Workshop

JDCF  is holding a workshop on how to use the popular nature app, iNaturalist. Jess Hepker, JDCF’s Outreach and Education Manager, will walk through the basics of iNat and show everyone how to make observations with it. By using the iNat app, you can create research quality data for scientists around the world to use. This online community can also help you identify and understand the environment around you. After the indoor session, we will head outside to the Schurmeier Teaching Forest, just south of town, where we will practice using the app. $10/person for non-members.

Please note that a second session will be offered from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Limited seats available. RSVP your session preference to educator@nulljdcf.org

You can check iNaturalist out here:  https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/about.

+ Export Events

Physical Address

126 N. Main Street
Elizabeth, Illinois 61028

Mailing Address

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




(815) 858-9100 (voice)