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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Play it Forward Golf Outing to Benefit JDCF

August 3 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Play a round of golf with your friends or business associates and support JDCF’s education programs that benefit our youth!  Scout Magazine and Woodbine Bend’s Annual Play it Forward Golf Benefit is Saturday, August 3rd with registration at noon and a shotgun start at 1 PM.Foursomes are $360. Or, attend just the evening festivities for […] Read More

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Experience Wapello Reserve – A Wildflower Walk

August 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join the Friends of Wapello for an afternoon tour of the prairie in full bloom.  Ranked as one of the best short-grass prairie restorations in the state, an expert guide will introduce us to the variety of plants and wildflowers found there.  We will meet under the new pavilion near the parking lot.  The event […] Read More

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Meteors on the Mound

August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

JDCF invites the public to Meteors on the Mound to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower from atop Horseshoe Mound Preserve. Horseshoe Mound is the eighth highest point in Jo Daviess County and offers spectacular views of the tristate area from three different vantage points. This is the only time of the year […] Read More

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