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

Ice Cream Social

May 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

JDCF’s Friends of Wapello invite you and your entire family to join them for an old fashioned ice cream social fundraiser under the new pavilion at the Wapello Land & Water Reserve on Thursday, May 30th from 5-8PM. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets to enjoy the sights and sounds of Wapello while […] Read More

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Birding 101

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

At the Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary, a team of expert birders will guide instructional tours of the preserve at this new event for 2019. It is open to the public, free for members and $10 for non-members (minimum membership is $35 annually). Novices are encouraged to join! Anybody ages 10+ may join one of […] Read More

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Bluebird Trail Walk

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to experience an outdoor bluebird adventure.  Guided tours will be given by members of JDCF’s Bluebird Recovery Program along the bluebird trail at Casper Bluff to see eggs and babies in nest boxes.  The basics of bluebird monitoring will be covered as well for those […] Read More

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Thunderbird: a JDCF Safari

June 15 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Day 1:  Archaeologist and historian, Dr. Phil Millhouse, will guide a half-day safari of one of the most significant Native American cultural sites in all of Illinois, featuring the last known intact Thunderbird effigy mound in the state.  Your safari begins with coffee, tea, and homemade pastries, as Phil tells you the amazing story of […] Read More

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