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

Fire & Ice: Bonfire on the Bluff

January 28 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve

JDCF and Fever River Outfitters invite you and your entire family to Casper Bluff for a great outdoor adventure. Luminarias will guide you to the Thunderbird effigy and several large bonfires.  Live owls from the Northern IL Raptor Rehab Center will join us for a meet and greet at 4:30, weather permitting.  If there is […] Read More

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The Prairie Enthusiasts 2017 Annual Conference

March 4
Eagle Ridge Inn & Spa

JDCF is co-hosting this annual, one-day conference with the Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts.  The theme will be Landscapes of the Future: Challenges & Opportunities. Two keynote speakers will be Jeff Walk of The Nature Conservancy, speaking on “Climate Change & Habitat Preservation & Restoration” and Bob Palmer of the Effigy Mounds National Monument, speaking on “Fertile Ground […] Read More

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Popcorn & Program: FIRE, the Science of Prairie Restoration Burns

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
GTA Owners Club

Learn about the important role fire plays in the prairie ecosystem from our own Director of Land Stewardship, Ryan Getz. This “Popcorn & Program” is at the Galena Territory Association on Saturday, March 18 at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. As a follow up, all are welcome to come out in April […] Read More

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JDCF Annual Meeting

April 1 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Chestnut Mountain Resort

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.

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