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Batavia Fox River Cleanup

Blackard Skate and Bike Park 411 S River St, Batavia, IL 60510

Join Friends of the Fox River and the City of Batavia for a shoreline cleanup north of the Blackard Skate and Bike Park. Dress for the weather and look for the Friends of the Fox River banner.

Schweitzer Environmental Center Restoration

Volunteers gather under the direction of steward June Keibler to remove invasive species, limited to 10 participants. Dress in layers for the weather, wear sturdy waterproof boots, heavy gloves, a hat. Loppers are welcome. Directions:Enter by the Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve entrance on Sleepy Hollow road and Meet by the red brick house. 

Friends of the Fox River Executive Committee Meeting

The chairperson of the Executive Committee is Gary Swick, president of Friends of the Fox River. The committee prepares the board meeting agenda and discusses upcoming issues and events. Other committee topics include: A. Strategic Plan DevelopmentB. Staff supervisionC. Board development process guidanceD. Bylaws review; recommend updatesE. Perform other functions described in Article IX, Section ... Read more

Friends of the Fox River Education Services Committee

IL

Please contact Gary Swick 815-370-0026 to attend this committee meeting. The Education Design team comprises the largest committee of Friends of the Fox River with seasoned educators and young professionals. The team strategizes the growth of our established student programs and public outreach needs. They develop activities, associated materials, and work collaboratively to deliver effective ... Read more

Flow like a river

Yoga at Schweitzer House Join Colleen and Friends of the Fox River every Saturday at 11 am for an All-Level Hatha Yoga Flow featuring fluid movements and restorative poses. Class is hosted at the Schweitzer Environmental Center in West Dundee’s Schweitzer Woods 16N900 Sleepy Hollow Road. It costs $20 to attend. Payment can be in ... Read more

Rusty Rodeo 2022 – Two Locations

Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Rd St. Charles, IL

FREE! Join us for this annual tradition at 2 sites this year! Glenwood Park Forest Preserve, 1644 S River St, Batavia, and Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Rd, St. Charles, IL. There are underwater varmints in our local streams and rivers! Round up and remove a notorious aquatic invader of Illinois waterways – the Rusty Crayfish! ... Read more

No Clean Water No Good Beer (or Wine)

Bandito Barney’s 10 N River St, East Dundee

Join us for our 9th annual FUNdraiser at Bandito Barney's in East Dundee. Your admission gains you tickets for samples of craft beer and wine PLUS appetizers. Enjoy mingling with other river lovers and try your luck at our great raffle for prizes from local businesses including bike shops, restaurants, hair designers, food purveyors and ... Read more

$35 – $60

A Fox River Testimony – Program at Schweitzer Environmental Center

Joel Sheesley, artist, poet, emeritus professor of art at Wheaton College, in collaboration with The Conservation Foundation set out to paint the Fox River Valley using a plein air approach. His book "A Fox River Legacy" is the culmination of his journey. He says "We must learn to see our river before we can love ... Read more

Fox River Artist Joel Sheesley Presents “A Fox River Testimony”

Wheaton artist Joel Sheesley has painted the beauty of the Fox River in all its moods, and is sharing his artwork and experiences with us as he presents A Fox River Testimony - a book encapsulating his 73 remarkable paintings of the Fox River. Join Friends of the Fox River (FOTFR) on Sunday, August 14th, ... Read more

Elgin Farmer’s Market

Join Friends of the Fox River for "Be an Environmentalist" day at the Market. Join us as we staff the booth, and watch the entry gates to assist, while being able to hand out flyers and promote our organization.

Stories of the Land – A Walk with Jon Duerr

Join retired Executive Director at Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Jon Duerr at Jon Duerr Forest Preserve for stories of the land. 10-11 main talk, 11-12 various small group interpretive stops followed by a provided lunch. Registration is opening soon. It is pretty rare to have the opportunity to have a dedicated property’s namesake ... Read more

EGG350 Dam Nite Out

The dams on the Fox River were constructed to provide mechanical power for local industry. In some cases. The impoundment created by the dams were a source of ice cut for refrigeration. Power is no longer generated by these dams, nor are ice blocks harvested. The dams have been found to significantly degrade habitat and ... Read more

Dam Nite Out at the Roundhouse

Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 north Broadway, Aurora, Illinois 205 north Broadway, Aurora

The program will begin with a short walk to the Fox River. There the natural and cultural history will be presented by Gary Swick, and the basics of river restoration by Art Malm. The group will reconvene inside to take a deeper dive into the research and facts associated with dam removal.The dams on the ... Read more

Elgin’s Fox River: An Environmental History

Elgin History Museum 360 Park St., Elgin, IL

The Fox River was the main reason James Gifford started a community here in 1835. How did people use the flowing water? How did they change the river? This exhibit developed in partnership with the Friends of the  Fox River and the Elgin Public Museum explores manufacturing, drinking water, river islands and river recreation!

Schweitzer Committee Meeting

Friends of the Fox River Committee meets to discuss upcoming events, garden and building work. The public is invited. Join our committee to be part of this meeting. Contact 815-356-6605

It’s Our Fox River Day – A Watershed-Wide Celebration

Fox River

On Saturday, September 17, Friends of the Fox River will coordinate our fourth river-length event on the entire Fox River from Waukesha, Wisconsin to the confluence in Ottawa, Illinois. CNN 2013 Hero of the Year, Chad Pegracke will open our It’s Our Fox River Day celebration with his own personal story of restoring rivers. Chad’s ... Read more

Friends of the Fox River Executive Committee Meeting

Schweitzer Environmental 16N900 Sleepy Hollow Rd, West Dundee, IL

The chairperson of the Executive Committee is Gary Swick, president of Friends of the Fox River. The committee prepares the board meeting agenda and discusses upcoming issues and events. Other committee topics include: A. Strategic Plan DevelopmentB. Supervise staffC. Guide the Board development processD. Review Bylaws & amp; recommend updatesE. Perform other functions described in ... Read more

Friends of the Fox River Board Meeting

IL

Hybrid meeting Call or email to be included in this meeting or for zoom link: 815-356-6605 or info@friendsofthefoxriver.org. The public is welcome. Board members convene to discuss upcoming events and current campaigns, our strategic plan, programs, etc.