“This is the Best Day Ever!”

This phrase was heard many times over two days in May at JDCF’s Horseshoe Mound Preserve as 200 local 3rd and 4th graders came to experience the upgraded Dorte Breckenridge Children’s Adventure. The upgrade was made possible by a public ameni-ties grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and was a huge hit! Previously, the time-traveling adventure of twins Neto and Natalia was printed out on a series of scrolls hidden in plastic tubes along the trails at the mound. Inevitably, one or more scrolls would be misplaced or succumb to the weather, making the adventure impossible to complete. To remedy this, the Friends of Horseshoe Mound got to work on ideas for making the adventure easier to follow. Their solution? With the help of the story’s author, Erin Keyser, five riddles were written to be used as clues, etched into a series of stones, to guide explores through the adventure. An accompanying booklet, available at the kiosk and at various points along the trail, tells the twin’s story, who learn about the history, geology, and natural wonders of Galena and the Driftless Area during their time travels. This inspires them to take on conservation practices once they return home. We thank our Premier Partner, Tukaiz, for producing the booklets. Looking for an adventure? Head up to Horseshoe Mound today!

Upcoming Events

JDCF’s Biggest Tree Contest

April 1 @ 8:00 am - October 1 @ 5:00 pm

You may hear people speak of them reverently. You might catch word of a “big tree,” an important tree, a “Champion Tree.” But what does this mean? JDCF is sponsoring a Biggest Tree Contest to recognize the largest tree within each of the designated native tree species that grow in Carroll, Jo Daviess, and Stephenson […] Read More

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Play it Forward Golf Outing to Benefit JDCF

August 3 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Play a round of golf with your friends or business associates and support JDCF’s education programs that benefit our youth!  Scout Magazine and Woodbine Bend’s Annual Play it Forward Golf Benefit is Saturday, August 3rd with registration at noon and a shotgun start at 1 PM.Foursomes are $360. Or, attend just the evening festivities for […] Read More

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Experience Wapello Reserve – A Wildflower Walk

August 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join the Friends of Wapello for an afternoon tour of the prairie in full bloom.  Ranked as one of the best short-grass prairie restorations in the state, an expert guide will introduce us to the variety of plants and wildflowers found there.  We will meet under the new pavilion near the parking lot.  The event […] Read More

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Meteors on the Mound

August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

JDCF invites the public to Meteors on the Mound to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower from atop Horseshoe Mound Preserve. Horseshoe Mound is the eighth highest point in Jo Daviess County and offers spectacular views of the tristate area from three different vantage points. This is the only time of the year […] Read More

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