JDCF’s Biggest Tree Contest Underway

You may hear people speak of them reverently. You might catch word of a “big tree,” an important tree, a “Champion Tree.” But what does this mean? JDCF is sponsoring a ‘Biggest Tree Contest’ to celebrate the wonder of Illinois native tress. Gather the family for a hike in your back 40, set aside, or tree stands to discover and record the largest native trees within each of the designated species that grow in Carroll, Jo Daviess, and Stephenson counties. For those living in town, take a look in your own fronts yards, head to public parks and preserves, or take a drive along less-traveled roads in search of big trees. We hope that in your pursuit of these giants, you will become more aware of the beauty and importance of Illinois’ native trees. Rules, species list, instructions, and a nomination form can be found here: Big Tree Rack Card. The contest will run from April – October, 2019.

Upcoming Events

JDCF’s Biggest Tree Contest

April 1 @ 8:00 am - October 1 @ 5:00 pm

You may hear people speak of them reverently. You might catch word of a “big tree,” an important tree, a “Champion Tree.” But what does this mean? JDCF is sponsoring a Biggest Tree Contest to recognize the largest tree within each of the designated native tree species that grow in Carroll, Jo Daviess, and Stephenson […] Read More

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Camp Casper Nature Camp

June 17 @ 8:30 am - June 21 @ 11:30 am

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 […] Read More

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Bobolinks: A JDCF Safari

June 22 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join JDCF volunteer and international birding expert Bobbi Asher for a half-day birding adventure at the Valley of Eden Bird Bird Sanctuary. In decline because of habitat loss, this striking bird with a unique black underbelly and beautiful song, travels thousands of miles each year to nest in the restored grasslands of JDCF’s new bird […] Read More

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Bobolinks: A JDCF Safari

June 29 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join JDCF volunteer and international birding expert Bobbi Asher for a half-day birding adventure at the Valley of Eden Bird Bird Sanctuary. In decline because of habitat loss, this striking bird with a unique black underbelly and beautiful song, travels thousands of miles each year to nest in the restored grasslands of JDCF’s new bird […] Read More

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