Volunteer Opportunities

We would not be able to do what we do without the support of our amazing volunteers! There are many opportunities available for people of all ages to join us.  For details, please contact JDCF Volunteer Coordinator Ginni Yarbrough at volunteer@jdcf.org.

Land Protection

JDCF is looking for volunteers to help make sure that our preserves and conservation easements are being properly cared for. 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.

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.

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!

Not Sure What You’d Like to Do?

We have many volunteer opportunities available such as general office work, GIS mapping, and becoming a member of one of JDCF’s committees.

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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