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Virtual One Earth Film Festival – This Year’s Movie is Inhabitants, An Indigenous Perspective

Inhabitants Virtual Screening on Saturday, March 12, 2022   6:30 PM Inhabitants follows five Native American Tribes as they restore their relationships to the land using ancient practices that nurture life. For millennia Native Americans stewarded and shaped their landscapes, but centuries of colonization have disrupted their ability to maintain traditional land management practices. From deserts, ... Read more

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

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

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

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, United States

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

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!