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Galena Welcome Center

Old Market House State Historic Site
123 N. Commerce St.
Galena, IL 61036
9a.m. – 5p.m. Daily

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Wapello Land & Water Reserve

8642 IL Rt. 84 S.
Hanover IL 61041
Local: 815.858.9100


The Wapello property has been transformed from an agricultural field back into a native short grass prairie filled with native grasses and wildflowers. The site was once home to Woodland and Mississippian Native Americans and was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places due to evidence found there that shows these two cultures meshed and formed a new society.

A new parking lot and kiosk now greet visitors and a series of mowed trails takes them to sites along the Apple River, as well as the remains of a Native American village.

Monarch Tagging
Time: Sat. Sept. 10 - 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (Reservations required, space limited)
Join Iowa naturalist Jennifer Meyer and JDCF staff and volunteers for a monarch tagging field experience on Saturday morning. In the fall, monarchs in the north mass together for the 2000-mile migration to their over-wintering grounds in Mexico. We will be capturing and placing wing tags on some of these exceptional butterflies as part of a program which tracks their pathways and determines such things as the influence of weather on the migration event and their rate of survival. Bring water and wear shoes suitable for off-trail. This activity is appropriate for all but very young children. Group size is limited. RSVP by replying to info@jdcf.org.

-Follow U.S. 20 to U.S. 84 S.
-Travel through downtown Hanover to the Reserve parking lot just past the Native Arbor Nursery on the west side of U.S. 84.

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