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

Prairie Blooms at Wapello

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

We are all in this together! For a virtual, family-friendly activity, join JDCF Education & Outreach Manager, Jess Carryer, for the next in our series of nature-related, educational Facebook Live events sponsored by Gabby’s Gifts in Galena, IL. We will be practicing social distancing while touring the prairie at the Wapello Preserve.  A special guest […] Read More

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Valley of Eden Film Release ~ A Virtual Tour with Expert Guides

June 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Friends of Valley of Eden will be releasing a short film to replace their annual Birding 101 event that has been cancelled due to Covid-19.  Two expert birders will discuss key features of the bird sanctuary including the rare grassland habitat that is home to endangered and threatened bird species.   Details to come.   […] Read More

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Experience Horseshoe Mound ~ A Walking Tour

June 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Well, wonder no more because we have brought back our popular walking tours with JDCF Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker.  Participants will get the inside scoop on geologic features that can be seen from the top of the mound […] Read More

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iNaturalist Workshop

July 8 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

JDCF  is holding a workshop on how to use the popular nature app, iNaturalist. Jess Hepker, JDCF’s Outreach and Education Manager, will walk through the basics of iNat and show everyone how to make observations with it. By using the iNat app, you can create research quality data for scientists around the world to use. […] Read More

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