Schurmeier Teaching Forest

Jerry and Jon Schurmeier donated the original 52 acres of Schurmeier Teaching Forest to JDCF in 1994 in memory of their parents. With the help of the Northwest Illinois Forestry Association and a grant from the Illinois Council on Forestry Development, a teaching forest was created on the eleven westernmost acres of the donated properties. To our knowledge, this is the only teaching forest in Illinois.  A self-guided tour booklet is available at the kiosk and corresponds to signage along the trail.

This rugged, hillside property is entirely wooded. Although the site was generally logged many years ago, the deeper ravines include some awe-inspiring old growth timber. A picnic shelter surrounded by native prairie plants is available for family gatherings, and is the meeting point for our spring and fall forest walks.

Upcoming Events

All Things Butterfly ~ A Facebook Live Event

August 13 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

JDCF will be on location at the Wapello Land and Reserve for a program all about butterflies.  We will be joined by a butterfly expert who will discuss the life cycle, migration patterns, and importance of these insects, specifically the painted lady.  Our Facebook Live series is sponsored by the Apple River State Bank/First Community […] Read More

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Facebook Live with Dubuque County Conservation

August 20 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

We will be traveling across the river for a Facebook Live broadcast with special guest Kaytlan Moeller of Dubuque County Conservation to learn about the many opportunities for outdoor recreation in and around the Dubuque, IA area.  We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring our Facebook Live series.

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Fireside Storytelling at Wapello

October 12 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Bring a lawn chair and join the JDCF’s volunteer group, the Friends of Wapello, by a fire for storytelling.  Stories can teach lessons and make people laugh. Native Americans that once inhabited Wapello passed on their knowledge to the next generation through story telling. Come listen, learn, and share a laugh.  You can even bring […] Read More

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