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

JDCF Annual Meeting

April 1 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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.  An interactive social hour will begin at 4:30, followed […] Read More

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Calling All Volunteers – River Clean Up

April 22 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

The annual Mississippi River Clean Up will take place from 8 am until 3:30 pm at Gear’s Ferry Landing south of Galena. Individuals and families with older children are welcome.   This event is generously sponsored by Chestnut Mountain Resort. Boats and shovels are needed. Anyone who provides a boat for the day will be reimbursed […] Read More

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Fantastic Frogs & Friends Frog Walk

April 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Bring the whole family to Fantastic Frogs & Friends, a frog walk beginning at the Meeker Street footbridge on the east side along the Galena River Trail in downtown Galena, IL.  Learn all about frogs and toads, join us in a toast to spring, and then take part in a guided hike down the trail […] Read More

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Prairie Talk with Steve Apfelbaum & Susan Lehnhardt

May 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Author Steve Apfelbaum will discuss his book, “Natures’s Second Chance” and artist Susan Lehnhardt will present art that has been inspired by the prairie and talk about local activism to protect water in our watershed. Co-sponsored by the Galena Center for the Arts.

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