Friends of Horseshoe Mound

JDCF welcomes our newest volunteer group, the Friends of Horseshoe Mound! In mid-2017, several members of the original Share the View fundraisng committee reconvened to support ongoing stewardship activities at the Preserve. After organizing a schedule for light maintenance, such as pulling weeds, cleaning interpretive signage, and stocking brochure boxes, the group began 2018 with an ambitious goal – continue to maintain the park and somehow re-surface the entrance road up to the top of the mound.

Currently, JDCF is faced with a significant financial burden to take care of the gravel road which washes out during heavy rain and turns into a washboard due to heavy use. In just two months during 2016, 1,214 vehicles drove up the lane! Its current condition also forces JDCF to close the preserve to visitors during the winter season. Our staff is investigating surfacing possibilities for the road with area contractors and the county road engineer. The friends group is determined to achieve this ambitious goal! If you have experience with grant writing or would like to make a donation to the project, the Friends of Horseshoe Mound would love to hear from you! Meetings are held monthly at City Hall in Galena. Email volunteer@nulljdcf.org to join today!

Upcoming Events

JDCF’s Biggest Tree Contest

April 1 @ 8:00 am - October 1 @ 5:00 pm

You may hear people speak of them reverently. You might catch word of a “big tree,” an important tree, a “Champion Tree.” But what does this mean? JDCF is sponsoring a Biggest Tree Contest to recognize the largest tree within each of the designated native tree species that grow in Carroll, Jo Daviess, and Stephenson […] Read More

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Experience Horseshoe Mound – A Walking Tour

September 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of JDCF’s Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Wonder no more and join our Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker, for a one-hour tour to discover the many points of interest atop the mound.  The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will […] Read More

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Experience Horseshoe Mound – A Walking Tour

October 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of JDCF’s Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Wonder no more and join our Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker, for a one-hour tour to discover the many points of interest atop the mound.  The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will […] Read More

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Extreme Weather Events – the impacts to our region & our pocketbooks

November 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

JDCF is hosting a panel discussion on Extreme Weather:  the impacts on landowners and tax payers.  Steve Keeffer, Jo Daviess County Engineer, Carrie McKillip, president of the National Extension Disaster Preparedness organization, and Justin Gehrts, Galena native and meteorologist with KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, will present on the impacts and costs of the wave of […] Read More

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