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

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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Voices from the Past: Archaeology Symposium

November 3

This event is the last event in a series of JDCF events that focus on native peoples in Jo Daviess County, IL. The symposium will focus on new discoveries and strengthening relationships between native communities of the past and our present day communities. There are many connections to be made which can improve our understanding […] Read More

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Kimberly Blaeser, WI Poet Laureate

November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a memorable evening of poetry. Kimberly Blaeser is a Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches Creative Writing and Native American Literatures. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Apprenticed to Justice, Absentee Indians and Other Poems, and Trailing You. Blaeser is Anishinaabe, an enrolled member of the Minnesota […] Read More

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