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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!

June 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.

July 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.

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.

August 2020

Experience Wapello ~ A Wildflower Walk

Have you ever wondered what a personal tour of the Wapello Land and Water Reserve might be like?  Well, wonder no more and join the Friends of Wapello for an afternoon walk through the prairie in full bloom. One of the most impressive short-grass prairie restorations in the state, an expert guide will introduce us to the variety of native 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.

Did you know that the Friends of Wapello is a volunteer organization created to promote, develop, and interpret the natural and archaeological resources of the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s Wapello Land & Water Reserve for this and future generations?  To find out more, please join them at their monthly planning meetings the first Tuesday of the month at the Hanover Township Park District building at 6 PM.

$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

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.

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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