Volunteer Opportunities

Land Protection

JDCF is looking for volunteers to help make sure that our preserves and conservation easements are being properly conserved. Volunteers will be assigned to one or more properties and will be asked to hike their assigned properties at least once per year to take photographs and document activities occurring on the land.

To learn more, contact Jim Johannsen at landprotection@nulljdcf.org.

Outreach & Education

JDCF hosts a series of nature-based educational events throughout the year. Volunteers are always needed to make these events a success. We are also looking for individuals to guide group tours at some of our public preserves.

To learn more, contact educator@nulljdcf.org.

Stewardship

Caring for our properties is central to our mission. Volunteers will get out on the land to help battle invasive species, maintain trails, and much more. Enjoy working with kids? Then volunteering for Sunshine Acre, our program to help local, disadvantaged youth learn life skills through the creation and care of a one-acre prairie, might be for you!

To learn more, contact steward@nulljdcf.org.

Upcoming Events

Experience Gateway Park – A Walking Tour

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Galena Gateway Park

Join JDCF and Field Museum staff for a guided tour of Gateway Park.  The walk will take place on mowed trails over rolling terrain.  We will meet in the parking lot off of Powderhouse Hill Rd at 1:00 PM.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

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Potluck & Program, “Pests to Protein: Insects & Our Food”

October 5 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Woodbine Bend Golf Course

Going back to the plagues of ancient times, insects have threatened our food.  In today’s gardens and fields, the state-of-the-art method of control is called Integrated Pest Management.  Which bugs are really a threat?  And when and how should we control them?  Our experts will tell you. …  And what about the food value of […] Read More

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Creatures of the Night – Owls & Bats

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Belden School, GTA

Bring the family and explore the nocturnal lives of 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 of the raptor family.  Participants will also get […] Read More

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Public Presentation on Archaeological Findings at Wapello

November 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hanover Township Park District Building

Join Dr. Phil Millhouse and Tim Horsley, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University,  to learn about the results of the archaeological survey conducted at the addition to the Wapello Reserve in 2015.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.  Local artifact collections will be on hand as well.

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