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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


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

Development Committee Meeting


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

October Green Drinks McHenry County – Sustainability in Action at the Wild Onion Brewery

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

5:00 social hour, 6:00 program Throughout October, for every pint sold at Wild Onion Brewery on Wednesdays $1 will be donated to the Environmental Defenders! Come see them speak about their sustainable practices at Green Drinks in October. Topics To Discuss:-Restoration of former gravel quarry and grounds to native plants and trees.-Construction of a highly ... Read more

Dam Night Out – Morning Edition

Gail Borden Library 270 N. Grove Elgin, IL 270 N. Grove St., Elgin, Illinois

Join Friends of the Fox River at Elgin’s Gail Borden Library at 10:00 am on Saturday October 8th to learn more about the natural and cultural history of our Fox River and its dams. A deep dive into the research will address the common fears and misinformation, and help you be excited about our river’s ... Read more