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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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April 2017

Calling All Volunteers – River Clean Up

The annual Mississippi River Clean Up will take place from 8 am until 3:30 pm at Gear’s Ferry Landing south of Galena. Individuals and families with older children are welcome.   This event is generously sponsored by Chestnut Mountain Resort. Boats and shovels are needed. Anyone who provides a boat for the day will be reimbursed for gas. Participants will get wet and dirty, so come prepared with warm, waterproof clothes, gloves, and boots.  Anyone who would like to participate but not go onto the Mississippi River can help by picking up garbage along Ferry Landing Road and the landing.  The Galena Boat Club & Galena Rotary are partnering in the clean up.

May 2017

Prairie Talk with Steve Apfelbaum & Susan Lehnhardt

Author Steve Apfelbaum will discuss his book, “Natures’s Second Chance” and artist Susan Lehnhardt will present art that has been inspired by the prairie and talk about local activism to protect water in our watershed. Co-sponsored by the Galena Center for the Arts.

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.

Bluebird Trail Walk

The Bluebird Recovery Program of JDCF invites everyone to enjoy a Bluebird Trail Walk on Saturday morning from 9 AM to noon at Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve. No reservations are necessary and this event is free.  This is a great opportunity to experience an outdoor Bluebird adventure for people of all ages.  Guided tours will be given on easy and scenic Bluebird trail walks to see Bluebird eggs and babies up close in nest boxes.

Camp Casper Nature Camp

Camp Casper 2017 will focus on water and has many exciting activities planned for kids ages 9-13.  There will be field trips the Galena History Museum to learn about the Galena River and it’s influence on this area’s history as well as a tour of the Mississippi River on Chestnut Mountain’s river tour boat.  To register, contact the Galena ARC at 815-777-2248 or visit www.galenaarc.org/camp-casper.  We thank our program sponsor, Illinois Bank & Trust.

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126 N. Main Street
Elizabeth, Illinois 61028

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Elizabeth, Illinois 61028-0216

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