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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!

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

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

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. Supervise staffC. Guide the Board development processD. Review Bylaws & amp; recommend updatesE. Perform other functions described in ... Read more

Schweitzer Action Team’s Wrap-up


Friends of the Fox River Committee meets to discuss house, program, grounds action teams meetings. The public is invited. Join our committee to be part of this meeting. Contact 815-356-6605.

Friends of the Fox River Hybrid Board Meeting


  Board members convene to discuss upcoming events and current campaigns, their strategic plan, programs, etc. Please call 815-356-6605 to attend this meeting The public is welcome.  

FREP Holiday Gathering

Fox Metro Water Reclamation Dist. Maintenance Building Meeting Area 682 State Route 31, Oswego 682 State Route 31, Oswego, Illinois

Last year we had such a wonderful time at Rob Linke's home west of St. Charles, we talked him into hosting again. We hope you will join us. We will start with a hike in nearby Campton Hills Township's Gray Willows Farm. Then, follow by enjoying some food (planning on pot luck) and a great ... Read more

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

Meet Real Rescued Wildlife at Schweitzer

Schweitzer Environmental Center 16N900 Sleepy Hollow Road, West Dundee, IL

This special program replaces and combines our traditional Schweitzer Second Saturday and Sunday for November. K.A.R.E (Kane Area Rehabilitation and Education) representative Lauren Grimm, Exotic Avian Caretaker, Educator, and Aviculturist, presents a barred owl and red tail hawk and their stories. Join us for this wonderful opportunity to experience wildlife in person and hear from ... Read more

Friends of the Fox River Annual Membership Meeting


The purpose of this meeting is to elect and/or re-elect Directors and for the transaction of other business as may come before the meeting. A slate of directors shall be submitted to the directors at the meeting by the nominating committee and voted upon by those in attendance. Board members then convene to discuss upcoming ... Read more

December Green Drinks McHenry County – Beautiful and Sustainable Gift Wrapping

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

The event is hybrid, zoom info below Topics To Discuss:One style of gift wrapping in Japan employs the use of furoshiki. Furoshiki is a multi-purpose carry all created from a square piece of material. Fashioning soft wrappings from large squares of colorfully patterned cloth is employed to wrap and carry objects of all shapes and ... Read more

Friends of the Fox River 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.

Flow like a River Yoga

Join Colleen and Friends of the Fox River every Saturday at 10 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 cash at the door ... Read more

Nature Arts & Crafts & Calendar Sale

Join us for Second Sundays at Schweitzer Environmental Center on Sunday, December 11, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm for our annual Nature Arts & Crafts Show. The center becomes a holiday wonderland while artists and craftspeople gather to show and sell their nature-inspired wares.  Find a truly unique gift that is inspired by nature and created by ... Read more