JDCF properties

Buehler Preserve 102 Jefferson St, Galena

The eastern portion of this parcel contains hilly woodland; the western portion, a flood plain that offers water filtration, a prairie restoration, and open space values in close proximity to the city of Galena.

The Galena River Trail, open for hikers and bikers, extends from the Meeker Street footbridge into Buehler Preserve.

Casper Bluff 870 S Pilot Knob Rd, Galena

Located five miles out of Galena, Casper Bluff Wildlife and Water Preserve boasts beautiful views and rich history.

If you look closely, you will spot the 13 Native American burial mounds that were built on this property.

As you look out at the main lookout point, you will view Harris Slough, the channel used by steamboats to travel to Galena. You will also see the backwaters and main channel of the Mississippi, as well as the bluffs of Iowa.

Schurmeier Teaching Forest 147 E Reusch Rd, Elizabeth

Jerry and Jon Schurmeier donated the original 52 acres of the Schurmeier Teaching Forest to JDCF in 1994 in memory of their parents. With the help of the Northwest Illinois Forestry Association and a grant from the Illinois Council on Forestry Development, a teaching forest was created on the 11 westernmost acres of the donated properties.

This rugged, hillside property is entirely wooded.

Galena Gateway Park 9300 W Powder House Hill Rd,

Galena Holding one of the most scenic

views in Galena, JDCF gifted the city of Galena with Galena Gateway Park. The park consists of natural prairies with an always changing population of wild flowers and woodlands.

There are mowed and paved gravel paths for hiking, running, mountain biking, birdwatching and picnicking.

Wapello Land & Water Reserve 8642 Ill. 84 South, Hanover Named after the original name of

Hanover and the chief of the Fox Indians, Wapello Land & Water Reserve is a 70-acre site south of Hanover. It is a part of the National Register of Historic Places, based on its significance as a meshing point between two Native American cultures.

It now boasts one of the premier prairies restoration in the Midwest.