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McHenry County Conservation District – 4th Conservation Congress

McHenry County College - Luecht Conference Center8900 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.   Reception: Light Hors d'oeuvres & Refreshments6:00 p.m.  Program Begins Sign up at The Conservation Congress provided both delegates and members of the community a formal process to propose and advocate for actions that can be taken by the ... Read more

Development Committee Meeting

They discuss our current membership and business partners and their engagement. This is a casual, informal meeting, please call for further information 815-356-6605.

Friends of the Fox River Education Services Committee

Please contact Gary Swick 815-370-0026 to attend this committee meeting. The Education Services team includes seasoned educators, active classroom teachers 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 programming in the stream, in classrooms and ... Read more

Hawthorne Hill Earth Day Celebration

This year, April 22 marks the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day. Our annual Earth Day Celebration at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, located at 28 Brookside Drive, will be held on Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This family-friendly, free event features: EducationCraftsGiveawaysNature PlayFacepaintingHikesFree Tree SaplingsRain Barrel Pre-Sales

Dam Nite Out #2

The Carpentersville Dam is scheduled to be removed this fall. Join host Friends of the Fox River President, Gary Swick, at the Carpentersville Dam, to learn about the history of this dam from local historian, Phil Aleo, and local river restoration expert, Art Malm, will tell why this removal is so important. Park in lot ... Read more

Free Green Fair in Aurora

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church invites families to celebrate Earth Day.Come to 701 South Eola Road in Aurora Organizations will have displays to encourage greener households and communities.They will feature Incredible Bats, electric cars, solar panels and much more. The Fiesta Taco Food Truck will be present during the fair.

Earth Day Celebration at Prairieview Education Center

McHenry County Conservation District presents Earth Day in McHenry County! Location: 2112 Behan RdCrystal Lake, IL 60014 EVENT IS ALL OUTDOORS! The event will feature guided hikes, a sidewalk chalk art contest, planting activity or take-home project, a vendor scavenger hunt, a recycling truck, and performances by Georgia Rae Family Band! Free / All-Ages / No registration ... Read more

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

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

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. 

May Green Drinks McHenry County – Cycling Without Age

Duke's Ale House 110 n. Main Street, Crystal Lake, IL

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ZOOM, no registration is required for in-person attendance.(see below)Speaker: Carl Edstrom  In 2012, a series of encounters with a 95-year-old man in Copenhagen, Denmark inspired Ole Kassow to rent a bicycle “rickshaw” and offer to take local nursing home residents on rides through the city. The positive reaction to that first ... Read more

Development Committee Meeting


Please call for more info or to join this meeting 815-356-6605 The Membership Committee of Friends of the Fox River meets to discuss our current membership and business partners and their engagement. This is a casual, informal meeting and the public is invited to attend.

Annual Barrington Area KidFest
Kite Fly & Nature Learning

The KidFest mission is to provide activities that inspire healthy habits, expose nature opportunities in the area and to encourage families to get up and explore the great outdoors. Our goal is to inspire families to go for a hike, a bicycle ride, play catch, fish, play frisbee and of course, Fly A Kite! KidFest ... Read more

Communications Committee Meeting


The Communications Committee of Friends of the Fox River is a vehicle and resource for the board and other committees to utilize. Our goal is to communicate their messages which includes (but is not limited to) a blog, event, news release, on or offline, to the public. Join the committee, headed up by Kyla Jacobsen ... Read more

FREP Membership Meeting and Program

Program: Regional Climate Action Plan & Local CommunitiesPresenters: Edith Makra, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus; Geneva Mayor Ken Burns; Batavia Alderwoman Abby Beck  The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus developed the 2021 Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region (CAP) to empower local governments to respond to the climate crisis by working strategically and working together. From decarbonizing energy and transportation ... Read more

Fox River Cleanup – With Representative Anna Moeller

Gail Borden Library cleanup will begin at 9:00. Please bring gardening gloves and tools as well as disposable shopping bags. We also recommend sturdy shoes, hats and sunscreen. Individually packaged snacks and water will be provided. Call Anna Moeller's office for more info 847-841-7130