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Our 2019 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 2019

Camp Casper Nature Camp

JDCF, in partnership with the Galena ARC,  will once again host Camp Casper, an outdoor day camp for children ages 8 to 12, at JDCF’s Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve.  Our theme for 2019 will center around the importance of trees in our natural world.  Reservations are required by calling the Galena ARC at 815.777.2248.

July 2019

Potluck & Program: Conservation Strategies as a Changing Climate Changes Woodlands

Chicago Field Museum’s Senior Conservation Ecologist, Abigail Derby Lewis, will talk about ways that conservationists can help nature and people adapt to the climate changes already underway as well as about actions all of us can take in our own backyards.  If attending the potluck at 5:30, please bring a dish to pass and your own table service.  Wine and beer will be available for purchase.  This is not a BYOB event.  If attending just the talk, please arrive shortly before 7 pm.  This event is free to attend, everyone is invited, and RSVP’s are not required.  JDCF wishes to thank Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring this event and Galena Cellars for hosting it.

Experience Horseshoe Mound – A Walking Tour

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of JDCF’s Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Wonder no more and join our Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker, for a one-hour tour to discover the many points of interest atop the mound.  The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will meet in the parking lot at the top of the lane. This event is free to the public and RSVP’s are not required.

August 2019

Play it Forward Golf Outing to Benefit JDCF

Play a round of golf with your friends or business associates and support JDCF’s education programs that benefit our youth!  Scout Magazine and Woodbine Bend’s Annual Play it Forward Golf Benefit is Saturday, August 3rd with registration at noon and a shotgun start at 1 PM.Foursomes are $360. Or, attend just the evening festivities for $50.00. Drinks and food afterwards with a silent and live auction featuring get-a-ways like a trip for a family of four to Walt Disney World.  Register your team today at www.woodbinebend.com/the-course/.

 

Experience Wapello Reserve – A Wildflower Walk

Join the Friends of Wapello for an afternoon tour of the prairie in full bloom.  Ranked as one of the best short-grass prairie restorations in the state, an expert guide will introduce us to the variety of 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.

$10

Meteors on the Mound

JDCF invites the public to Meteors on the Mound to catch 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.

Enjoy family-friendly activities and learn all about meteors. Amateur astronomers will have telescopes onsite so that the participants can view various heavenly bodies. If you have a telescope, please bring it along. $10/person for non-members of JDCF.

Experience Horseshoe Mound – A Walking Tour

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of JDCF’s Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Wonder no more and join our Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker, for a one-hour tour to discover the many points of interest atop the mound.  The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will meet in the parking lot at the top of the lane. This event is free to the public and RSVP’s are not required.

September 2019

October 2019

Experience Horseshoe Mound – A Walking Tour

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of JDCF’s Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Wonder no more and join our Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker, for a one-hour tour to discover the many points of interest atop the mound.  The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will meet in the parking lot at the top of the lane. This event is free to the public and RSVP’s are not required. We thank the First Community Bank of Galena/Apple River State Bank for their sponsorship of this program.

 

 

Storytelling & Bonfire at Wapello

Bring a lawn chair and join the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s 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. The Wapello Reserve is located at 8642 IL Rt 84 South, Hanover, IL.

The Friends of Wapello is a volunteer, civic organization created to promote, develop, and interpret the natural and archaeological resources of the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s Wapello Reserve so that they may be shared with this and future generations.

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