Horseshoe Mound

Located at the eastern gateway to the historic city of Galena, the 40-acre Horseshoe Mound offers the public opportunities to enjoy one of the most scenic properties in all of northern Illinois.

In 2014,  JDCF opened Horseshoe Mound Preserve featuring a central gathering area, viewing scopes, and scenic outlooks with views across three states. Hiking trails extend throughout the property and offer close views of the city of Galena, plus distant views of Bellevue and Dubuque in Iowa, the Mississippi River, and several other geological mounds in Iowa and Wisconsin. This landmark site was made possible by the generous support of the local community.  Grants in 2008 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation made the purchase of Horseshoe Mound possible.

 

Upcoming Events

Experience Gateway Park – A Walking Tour

September 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Galena Gateway Park

Join JDCF and Field Museum staff on a guided tour of Gateway Park.  The walk will take place on mowed trails over rolling terrain.  We will meet in the parking lot off of Powderhouse Hill Rd at 1:00 PM.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

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Fall Forest Hike

September 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Schurmeier Forest

Fall is a great time for a walk in the woods.  Join JDCF and a local Master Naturalist for a hike along the trails at Schurmeier Forest to identify trees and shrubs by their fall colors.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

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Experience Gateway Park – A Walking Tour

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Galena Gateway Park

Join JDCF and Field Museum staff for a guided tour of Gateway Park.  The walk will take place on mowed trails over rolling terrain.  We will meet in the parking lot off of Powderhouse Hill Rd at 1:00 PM.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

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Creatures of the Night – Owls & Bats

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Belden School, GTA

Bring the family and explore the nocturnal lives of owls and bats.  This program, geared towards a middle school grade level, introduces the life cycle of the owl and its food and habitat.  It also identifies the characteristics that make the owl a perfect predator and member of the raptor family.  Participants will also get […] Read More

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