Sunshine Acre Wraps Up 2017/2018 School Year

This spring, Sunshine Acre students were invited to return to The Field Museum for a backroom tour led by Jim Louderman, and also had some free time to explore the museum exhibits. The students enjoyed seeing the collection room with all the preserved specimens, and had a lot of questions for the scientists they met along the way. They also had a chance to meet the museum’s artist-in-residence, Peggy Macnamara, and admired her beautiful watercolor paintings. One of the students’ most memorable parts of the visit was having Jim’s box turtle, George Burns, wander around the room while they had lunch.

Another highlight this spring, though bittersweet, was saying farewell to the seniors at their graduation ceremony in May. This year, four students graduated and are moving forward into the adult world of jobs and living on their own. One of these graduates will be working with JDCF throughout the summer, so we are glad to stay in touch with him.

Looking forward to next school year, we are excited to expand our educational and stewardship focus to include forest ecology and management. In addition to continuing work on their adopted acre of prairie at Casper Bluff, students will be visiting Schurmeier Teaching Forest to learn about the forest environment, help maintain trails and bridges, and control invasive species.

Upcoming Events

Native Bee & Pollinator Landowner & Partner Workshop

August 4 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

JDCF, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is hosting an informational workshop covering native bees in the Jo Daviess County area. Topics to be discussed include; native bee ecology and life history, sampling techniques and photography, and efforts to conserve native bees, including the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee. Please join […] 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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Critters of the Night

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join JDCF on Saturday, October 2oth at 10:00 AM to learn about some of our nocturnal friends, 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 […] Read More

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