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Each year, JDCF focuses on a theme. Our theme for 2017 is the "Year of the Prairie". For some, the word “prairie” simply conjures an endless sea of grass. For others, “prairie” evokes a veritable symphony of sights, smells, and sounds from bird calls, buzzing insects, and the wind rustling the grass, to vibrant purple and yellow wildflowers, minty Monarda, and peppery grey-headed coneflower seeds. No matter how familiar you are with prairies and the flora and fauna that call them home, there will be something to discover during JDCF’s Year of the Prairie. In addition, our calendar also features signature events such as our annual Camp Casper, Moonlight Frog Walk, Bluebird Trail Walk, and Fall Forest Walk. All of these events are free to the public, so join us!

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June 2017

Potluck & Program: The Prairies of Pre-Settlement Jo Daviess County

What did the landscape of Jo Daviess County look like prior to the arrival of the first European settlers?

JDCF, in partnership with the Galena/Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum and the Galena Cellars Vineyard, invite you to a June 7 presentation by Illinois Natural Area Surveyor Randy Nyboer.  Randy will address this question and many more about the history of the land cover in Jo Daviess County and the rest of the driftless area of Northwest Illinois.  A potluck will begin at 5:30, with an optional brief tour of the winery and vineyard at 5 p.m.  The presentation will begin at 7 pm, for those wishing to attend just the talk.  If attending the potluck, please bring a side dish to pass and your own table service.  A main dish will be provided and wine will be available for purchase.  RSVP’s are not necessary and everyone is welcome.

We thank the First Community Bank of Galena/Apple River State Bank for sponsoring our 2017 potluck and program speaker series.

September 2017

Fall Forest Walk

With fall on the way, the appearance of trees changes significantly and identifying them can be tricky – unless you know your bark, berries, and  nuts. Join us to celebrate the change of season with a Fall Forest Walk at Schurmeier Teaching Forest. This free event will be led by expert staff and volunteers from JDCF who will identify native trees, wildflowers, and berries on an approximately 1.5 mile hike through the forest. The terrain is suitable for people of all ages making the walk an event the entire family can enjoy. Appropriate footwear is recommended!

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126 N. Main Street
Elizabeth, Illinois 61028

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Elizabeth, Illinois 61028-0216

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