Friends of the Fox River


Right now aquatic plants are thriving in our watershed! It is said that you can never step in the same river twice, since it is always flowing and thus changing. Weather conditions change with the seasons in temperate climates like ours. Plants and animals have developed their successful strategies to be in synch with the changes. Not blooming or … Read more

No Clean Water No Good Beer FUNdraiser

Help us make this FUNdraiser an over-the-top success! Local businesses support Friends of the Fox River because the FOX RIVER is a public water drinking source, our most exceptional recreational resource, and clean water equals great beer! Our special friends, including favorite local businesses, are pitching in to make this FUNdraiser AN over-the-top success. No … Read more

Indian Creek is Asking for Your Help

What is Watershed-based Plan? (All blue highlights are clickable links) A watershed-based plan is a multi-objective, stakeholder-driven plan for water resources planning and management applied to the land area of the watershed of interest. Watershed-based plans provide both general and specific recommendations and actions that communities, businesses, and residents can take toward the protection, restoration, … Read more

Featured Friend: Don Purn is the Bee’s Knees

By Jenni Schiavone Meet Don Purn, our Featured Friend for this month. Don has spearheaded the Schweitzer Woods Bee Sanctuary, a large native pollinator garden at the Schweitzer Environmental Center, headquarters of the Friends of the Fox River.  He has devoted thousands of personal volunteer hours and funds to support it and the human structures … Read more

There’s a Predatory Insect in the Fox Valley!

by Tom Schrader September marks the end of both astronomical and meteorological summer and the beginning of fall here in the Northern Hemisphere.  The days get shorter, the nights get a little cooler, and in our fields and prairies of the Fox River Valley area, September also marks the beginning of the breeding season for … Read more

It’s Your River and It’s Your Party

By Gary Swick, President Who doesn’t like to attend a party? We picked the date for you: Saturday, September 18th. You pick the venue, who is invited, and how to celebrate It’s Our Fox River Day. As conditions continue to change, please follow CDC guidance. Much to Celebrate The residents of the Fox River watershed … Read more

Friends of the Fox River at Summer Camp

The valuable hands-on outdoor education experience Friends of the Fox River educators had a busy summer partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township for “Outdoor Explorers”, an outdoor education enrichment program as part of the agency’s summer camp.  FOTFR provided hundreds of learning experiences in the local environment: on school campuses, at … Read more

Friend Feature: Maureen and Larry Huey Go Native! 

By Jenni Schiavone, Friends of the Fox River Lead Educator Batavia residents and Friends of the Fox River members Maureen and Larry Huey recently took a giant leap. These passionate and active environmentalists invested in the conversion of their entire Fox River waterfront property from mowed turf to native plants. Maureen and Larry’s inspiration came from … Read more