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

Bonfire on the Bluff

January 19 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy home made cookies and hot coco around a huge bonfire. Take a hike on candlelit trails with the most beautiful views of the Mississippi. Visit the Thunderbird Effigy Mound and learn about the significance of this landmark.  Free to attend and RSVP’s not required.

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Movie Event: Intelligent Trees with Randy Nyboer Speaking

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Do trees have human-like characteristics? That’s the premise of this 45-minute documentary film, which features German forester Peter Wohlleben, and is based on his internationally best-selling book, “The Hidden Life of Trees.” The book and film postulate that the massive, fungal infused network of roots in forests and woodlands are a “wood-wide web,” the “brains […] Read More

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

March 30 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 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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