One of the educational resources are the Tourmate Eco-boxes. These newly-installed devices require guests to crank the lever in return for a lesson on a number of subjects, including the driftless region, wildlife, peoples from the past and water resources.
Brand new interpretive signage presents the history and knowledge of the land as well.
Horseshoe Mound is a labor of love by those in the community, being made possible by the hard work of over 300 volunteers and contributors.
Trifone-Simon said, “We have had community help from the acquisition of the land to the amenities. The efforts we have seen is an example of what we cherish in a local community.”
The site is open from dawn until dusk every day, and throughout the year will have various JDCF sponsored events (check out the JDCF calendar below).
Horseshoe Mound is located at 1679 N Blackjack Rd, Galena.
Friday, Sept 2–Experience Gateway Park-A Walking Tour with the Field Museum, 1 pm at Gateway Park.
Saturday, Sept 17–Fall Forest Hike with JDCF and a local Master Naturalist along the trails of Schurmeier Forest, 1 pm at Schurmeier Forest.
Monday, Oct 3–Experience Gateway Park-A Walking Tour with the Field Museum, 1 pm at Gateway Park.
Saturday, Oct 15 –Creatures of the Night-Owls & Bats. Explore the nocturnal lives of owls and bats. 10 am at Belden School in the Galena Territory.
Saturday, Dec 10–Owl Prowl at Casper Bluff. This event will examine the contents of owl pellets and include a night hike. 5 pm at Casper Bluff.