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

Oak Savannas – A Facebook Live Event

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

We are all in this together! For a virtual, family-friendly activity, join JDCF Education & Outreach Manager, Jess Carryer, for the next in our series of nature-related, educational Facebook Live events sponsored by Gabby’s Gifts in Galena, IL. We will be practicing social distancing while learning about oak savanna habitat from a surprise guest speaker, […] Read More

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Prairie Blooms at Wapello

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

We are all in this together! For a virtual, family-friendly activity, join JDCF Education & Outreach Manager, Jess Carryer, for the next in our series of nature-related, educational Facebook Live events sponsored by Gabby’s Gifts in Galena, IL. We will be practicing social distancing while touring the prairie at the Wapello Preserve.  A special guest […] Read More

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Valley of Eden Film Release ~ A Virtual Tour with Expert Guides

June 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Friends of Valley of Eden will be releasing a short film to replace their annual Birding 101 event that has been cancelled due to Covid-19.  Two expert birders will discuss key features of the bird sanctuary including the rare grassland habitat that is home to endangered and threatened bird species.   Details to come.   […] Read More

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Experience Horseshoe Mound ~ A Walking Tour

June 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Well, wonder no more because we have brought back our popular walking tours with JDCF Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker.  Participants will get the inside scoop on geologic features that can be seen from the top of the mound […] Read More

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