Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt Now at Horseshoe Mound Preserve

Need to get the kids outside? How about a scavenger hunt at Horseshoe Mound Preserve? Please practice social distancing while searching for the 5 clues on this hunt. A numbered tree cookie will mark the correct spot for each clue found. Horseshoe Mound is located at 1679 N Blackjack Rd, Galena, IL.

1. A grassy mound designed for gazing at the night sky.

2. Boulders imprinted with outlines of prehistoric animals.

3. A home for our blue flying friends.

4. An overlook with distant views of the Mississippi and turkey vultures circling at eye level.

5. At the final stop, please consider dropping a few coins in the tube to help JDCF keep this special place open for all to enjoy. What a great way to teach the next generation about generosity, community spirit, and philanthropy, all of which are especially important in challenging times such as these. Answers can be found here: HSM Hunt Clues.

A similar hunt is available at Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve, 870 S Pilot Knob Road, just a few miles south of Horseshoe Mound

Upcoming Events

Oak Savannas – A Facebook Live Event

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

We are all in this together! For a virtual, family-friendly activity, join JDCF Education & Outreach Manager, Jess Carryer, for the next in our series of nature-related, educational Facebook Live events sponsored by Gabby’s Gifts in Galena, IL. We will be practicing social distancing while learning about oak savanna habitat from a surprise guest speaker, […] Read More

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Prairie Blooms at Wapello

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

We are all in this together! For a virtual, family-friendly activity, join JDCF Education & Outreach Manager, Jess Carryer, for the next in our series of nature-related, educational Facebook Live events sponsored by Gabby’s Gifts in Galena, IL. We will be practicing social distancing while touring the prairie at the Wapello Preserve.  A special guest […] Read More

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Valley of Eden Film Release ~ A Virtual Tour with Expert Guides

June 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Friends of Valley of Eden will be releasing a short film to replace their annual Birding 101 event that has been cancelled due to Covid-19.  Two expert birders will discuss key features of the bird sanctuary including the rare grassland habitat that is home to endangered and threatened bird species.   Details to come.   […] Read More

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Experience Horseshoe Mound ~ A Walking Tour

June 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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 […] Read More

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