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

Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary Grand Opening

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

JDCF will be opening a 409-acre property near Stockton, Illinois, on Saturday, June 2, 2018 beginning at 9 AM.  After opening remarks, trails will be open for self-guided tours; and bird experts will be on hand with spotting scopes to answer your questions.   We will also be joined by the Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation and […] Read More

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Potluck & Program: JDCF’s Native American Connection

July 10 @ 5:30 pm

Join us for a potluck and program featuring our own Executive Director, Steve Barg, as he discusses JDCF’s Native American connection through conservation of heritage sites and building relationships with tribal descendants.  If attending the potluck, please bring a dish to pass and table service.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase.  If attending […] 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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Fall Forest Hike

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

With fall on the way, the appearance of trees changes significantly and identifying them can be tricky – unless you know your bark, berries & nuts. Join us to celebrate the change of season with a Fall Forest Walk on Saturday, September 15th from 1:00- 3:00pm at the Schurmeier Teaching Forest. This free event will […] Read More

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