New Trail Connection at Casper Bluff!

In conjunction with the extension of the Galena River Trail (GRT), JDCF has opened up a walking trail on an old road bed that leads from the base of the GRT to the top of Casper Bluff! Hikers and bikers can now add to their experience along the trail with a detour up to Casper to visit the Native American mounds, hike through the restored prairie, and take in the amazing view of the Mississippi River. Future plans call for a bike rack to be placed at the bottom of the trail courtesy of Galena’s Go Out & Tour Somewhere (G.O.A.T.S) Bike Club as biking is not permitted on the reserve.

Upcoming Events

Fantastic Frogs & Friends Frog Walk

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bring the whole family to Fantastic Frogs & Friends, a frog walk beginning on the east side of the Meeker Street footbridge along the Galena River Trail in downtown Galena, IL. Learn all about frogs and toads, join us in a toast to spring, and then take part in a guided hike down the trail […] Read More

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Bluebird & Red-headed Woodpecker Workshop

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Everyone is invited to enjoy a workshop on two of our most beautiful native birds, bluebirds and red-headed woodpeckers. This morning workshop will be filled with interesting and colorful information about these beautiful birds, including how you can help monitor bluebird trails and local woodpecker populations, and even attract them to your property. You are […] Read More

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JDCF’s Portage Site: A Center of Native American History

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

All tours are full.  Due to the amount of interest in this event, we are planning a fall tour.  Dates are TBD.

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Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary Grand Opening

June 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for the grand opening of our newest preserve, a 405-acre bird sanctuary donated to JDCF by former Stockton resident Nancy Hamill Winter.  We will be joined by the Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Educational Center with Marshmallow, their Educational American White Pelican.  To date, there have been documented sightings of over 100 different […] Read More

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