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

Popcorn & Program: Movie “Ancient America” & Presentation by Phil Millhouse

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This popcorn and program event features the movie “Ancient America” by award-winning producer/director Gray Warriner of Camera One productions, about the indigenous people who first settled eastern North America, including northwestern Illinois. Several thousand years ago, Woodland and Mississippian peoples were constructing impressive burial mound groups throughout the Mississippi River Valley and its tributaries. Some […] Read More

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JDCF Annual Meeting

April 7 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The public is invited to JDCF’s annual meeting on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 beginning with a social hour at 4:30 PM.  Our keynote speaker will be Jon Greendeer, Former President and current Executive Director of Heritage Preservation of the Ho-Chunk Nation.  Jon is a proud member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, a student of the Ho-Chunk […] Read More

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Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary Grand Opening

June 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for the grand opening of our newest preserve, a 405-acre bird sanctuary donated to JDCF by former Stockton resident Nancy Hamill Winter.  To date, there have been documented sightings of over 100 different bird species at Valley of Eden. Notable Illinois species of conservation concern include the Henslow’s sparrow, bobolink, red-headed woodpecker, and northern […] Read More

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Meteors on the Mound

August 11 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Join JDCF and the Planetary Studies Foundation to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower from atop Horseshoe Mound on Saturday, August 11th from 7-11 PM. Enjoy family-friendly activities and learn about meteors before the sunset ushers in the celestial show! The event will be cancelled if it is raining, so please check jdcf.org […] Read More

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