For the nature lover and adventurer, there is nowhere in the state of Illinois that has more to offer than the “driftless region” of Northwestern Illinois. It is a landscape that powerful glaciers of thousands of years ago circled around and bypassed, leaving behind stunning geological formations, a mighty river, and plant and animal habitats that are unrivaled for beauty and diversity.
Join the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s expert guides on expeditions into some of the wonders of our driftless region. Your guides will unveil remarkable “secrets” — the habitats of rare and beautiful birds and the remnants of ancient Native peoples.
JDCF is caretaker and conserver of much of this heritage in Jo Daviess County. Our 6000 acres of conserved properties feature …
*Breathtaking overlooks of the Mississippi River
*Rare, exposed rock outcroppings and other geological formations including an algific talus slope, where an ice-age remnant remains cold, even in summer
*640 acres of Native American cultural sites, including two intact effigies, burial mounds and village footprints
*The most significant oak ecosystem in northern Illinois; along with rare plant, bird and other wildlife species
JDCF’s properties and conservation easements allow us to ensure that a significant portion of our region’s driftless area heritage is protected, for the legacy of those who came before us and the benefit of people and wildlife today. And it is not only protected, but appreciated and enjoyed. To further heighten awareness of JDCF and our region, we are launching our exciting safari venture this summer with two safaris.
For more information or to register for Thunderbird click here: Thunderbird Safari
For more information or to register for Bobolink click here: Bobolink Safari