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 Annual Meeting with Lydia Scott, Director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative at the Morton Arboretum

March 30 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The public is invited to attend JDCF’s annual meeting for an interactive social hour, election and re-election of board members, and the announcement of the recipient of the 2018 Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award.  Our keynote speaker will be Lydia Scott, Director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative and Manager of Community Trees Program at […] Read More

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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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Wine & Woodcocks Viewing Party

April 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Bring a lawn chair, blanket, and beverage of choice and join us at dusk to learn about and view woodcocks at JDCF’s Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary.  It is a half mile hike to the viewing area and an ATV will be available for those needing assistance. A flashlight may be helpful for the walk […] Read More

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Moonlight Frog Walk

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Bring the whole family for an adventure along the levee in Galena, an early evening frog walk beginning on the east side of the Meeker Street footbridge adjacent to 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 […] Read More

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