Friends of Wapello

This grassroots, civic organization promotes, develops, and interprets the natural and archaeological resources of Wapello Land & Water Reserve, a JDCF-owned property located just south of downtown Hanover, Illinois. Help is always needed to battle invasive plant species, clear trails, and prepare for events such as the Prairie Fest, which takes place in July.  Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at the Hanover Township Park District.  All are welcome!

De-barking dates set.

We would like to schedule the following dates for our de-barking activities at Wapello.  The good news we discovered at today’s workday is that dried logs (spent drying over the winter) are twice as fast to de-bark!

  • June 25
  • July 23
    August 20
    September 24
    October 8 & 22

Upcoming Events

Experience Gateway Park – A Walking Tour

September 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Galena Gateway Park

Join JDCF and Field Museum staff on a guided tour of Gateway Park.  The walk will take place on mowed trails over rolling terrain.  We will meet in the parking lot off of Powderhouse Hill Rd at 1:00 PM.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

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Fall Forest Hike

September 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Schurmeier Forest

Fall is a great time for a walk in the woods.  Join JDCF and a local Master Naturalist for a hike along the trails at Schurmeier Forest to identify trees and shrubs by their fall colors.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

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Experience Gateway Park – A Walking Tour

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Galena Gateway Park

Join JDCF and Field Museum staff for a guided tour of Gateway Park.  The walk will take place on mowed trails over rolling terrain.  We will meet in the parking lot off of Powderhouse Hill Rd at 1:00 PM.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

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Creatures of the Night – Owls & Bats

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Belden School, GTA

Bring the family and explore the nocturnal lives of owls and bats.  This program, geared towards a middle school grade level, introduces the life cycle of the owl and its food and habitat.  It also identifies the characteristics that make the owl a perfect predator and member of the raptor family.  Participants will also get […] Read More

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