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 panoramic views of the city of Galena, distant views of Bellevue and Dubuque in Iowa, the Mississippi River, and several other geological mounds in Iowa and Wisconsin. The purchase of this landmark site was made possible by the generous support of the local community, the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

In 2019, JDCF received a public amenities grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to upgrade the Dorte Breckenridge Children’s Adventure. Previously, the time-traveling adventure of twins Neto and Natalia was printed out on a series of scrolls hidden in plastic tubes along the trails at the mound. Inevitably, one or more scrolls would be misplaced or succumb to the weather, making the adventure impossible to complete. To remedy this, the Friends of Horseshoe Mound got to work on ideas for making the adventure easier to follow. Their solution? With the help of the story’s author, Erin Keyser, five riddles were written to be used as clues, etched into a series of stones, to guide explores through the adventure. An accompanying booklet, available at the kiosk and at various points along the trail, tells the twin’s story, who learn about the history, geology, and natural wonders of Galena and the Driftless Area during their time travels. This inspires them to take on conservation practices once they return home. We thank our Premier Partner, Tukaiz, for producing the booklets. Looking for an adventure? Head up to Horseshoe Mound today! Looking to save some paper?  The adventure is available here: HSM Children’s Adventure.

 

Upcoming Events

Bluebird Monitors & Wannabes – Cancelled

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Moonlight Frog Walk

April 23 @ 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.  The event begins at 6:00 pm.  Learn all about frogs and toads, join us in a toast to spring, and then take part in […] Read More

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Murphy’s Gardens Native Plant Fundraiser Will Be Held Online

April 24 @ 10:00 am - April 25 @ 4:00 pm

Murphy’s Gardens is still hosting a native plant fundraiser for JDCF in April.  Due to COVID-19, this sale will take place online.  Shopping this sale will support both a local business and a local nonprofit! Details to come.  

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Birding & Botanizing

April 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

A unique birding experience lead by our local bird expert, Dr. Charlie Winterwood, will be held at the south entrance to the Mississippi Palisades State Park.  Nearly half of all birds in North America use this route to migrate, and this is your opportunity to see them. If you have binoculars and/or a camera, bring […] Read More

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