The Prairie Enthusiasts 30th Anniversary Conference

JDCF, in partnership with the Northwest IL Chapter of the Prairie Enthusiasts present Landscapes of the Future:  Challenges & Opportunities.  To register, visit

Come to beautiful Galena, Illinois, for this annual celebration of prairies and savannas.  Landowners, volunteers, educators, students, scientists and professionals will share information and ideas, so that everyone in attendance will come away enthused, inspired, and better equipped to keep the future bright for habitat conservation and preservation.  Highlights include:

A variety of sessions for participants of all levels of knowledge — learn the basics or expand your knowledge in specific areas covering land management and prairie fauna.

The chance to share your ideas and concerns about the challenges facing land managers now and in the future.

Panel discussions will focus on moving our mission forward through partnerships, non-traditional liaisons, and volunteer recruitment.

Two keynote speakers: Jeff Walk of The Nature Conservancy will discuss how climate change has and will affect habitat preservation. Bob Palmer of Effigy Mounds National Monument will look back at some of America’s most progressive conservationists and how we can take what we’ve learned from them to positively affect our future.

As always, this will be an opportunity to meet new people with similar passions and renew connections with colleagues.

Enjoy social time which this year includes a concert by talented local musicians — and if you are musically inclined, bring your instrument and jam with them!

Sunday field trip, at no extra charge, hosted by the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation, to a private site to see bald eagles, a rare prairie, and other unique features of northwest Illinois.




Upcoming Events

Fire & Ice: Bonfire on the Bluff

January 28 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve

JDCF and Fever River Outfitters invite you and your entire family to Casper Bluff for a great outdoor adventure. Luminarias will guide you to the Thunderbird effigy and several large bonfires.  Live owls from the Northern IL Raptor Rehab Center will join us for a meet and greet at 4:30, weather permitting.  If there is […] Read More

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The Prairie Enthusiasts 2017 Annual Conference

March 4
Eagle Ridge Inn & Spa

JDCF is co-hosting this annual, one-day conference with the Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts.  The theme will be Landscapes of the Future: Challenges & Opportunities. Two keynote speakers will be Jeff Walk of The Nature Conservancy, speaking on “Climate Change & Habitat Preservation & Restoration” and Bob Palmer of the Effigy Mounds National Monument, speaking on “Fertile Ground […] Read More

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Popcorn & Program: FIRE, the Science of Prairie Restoration Burns

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
GTA Owners Club

Learn about the important role fire plays in the prairie ecosystem from our own Director of Land Stewardship, Ryan Getz. This “Popcorn & Program” is at the Galena Territory Association on Saturday, March 18 at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. As a follow up, all are welcome to come out in April […] Read More

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JDCF Annual Meeting

April 1 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Chestnut Mountain Resort

Join fellow JDCF members and our guest speaker, botanical artist, George Olson, at our annual meeting.  Mr. Olson will have some of his work on site.  We will also be honoring John & Barbara Rutherford as recipients of the 2017 Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award.

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