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Schurmeier Teaching Forest

147 E. Reusch Rd.
Elizabeth IL 61028
Local: 815.858.9100


Bring the family to Jo Daviss Conservation Foundation's 56-acre upland forest and enjoy hiking 2miles of trails or simply relax and enjoy the native wildflowers and local wildlife from the shade of the Mark Schurmeier Memorial Shelter. This teaching forest hosts an interpretive trail with accompanying brochure that educates young and old about the types of trees found in a native forest.

The trail also highlights forest management practices and the importance in creating and maintaining a healthy forest. To reach Schurmeier Forest, take U.S. 20 to Derinda Road just east of downtown Elizabeth. Travel a short distance to Tower Road, turn right and follow to Reusch Road. Take a left on Reusch and drive 1.5 miles to the parking lot on the right side of the road. The entrance to the forest is on the left.

Fall Forest Hike
Time: Sept. 17 - 1- 3 p.m. 
Cost: Free
Fall is a great time for a walk in the woods. Join JDCF and a local Master Naturalist for a hike along the trails at Schurmeier Forest to identify trees and shrubs by their fall colors. The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

More Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation 
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Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve
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