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Saturday Outdoor Adventures: Time Traveling at Trout Park 

Join Friends of the Fox River for Time Traveling at Trout Park. Our Fox River Valley looked a lot different from 500 million years ago up until today. We will explore fossils, ephemeral plants, and natural springs in this rare and fragile ecosystem! Meet in the Trout Park River's Edge parking area . To register, ... Read more

Patagonia Fulton Market Tabling

Gary Swick joins our Friends at Patagonia and other environmental organizations to share some river love, info, and Fox River lore.

Green Living Fair, College of Lake County

College of Lake County 19351 West Washington Street Grayslake, IL 60030-1198 (847) 543-2000 19351 West Washington Street, Grayslake, Illinois, United States

Join Friends of the Fox River at this free and fun opportunity for community members to learn about how to live a greener life and interact with people at green organizations making a difference. Nearly 50 green organizations will exhibit at the event, including environmental clubs from area high schools. There will also be ten vendors selling ... Read more

Schweitzer Campus Tour

Schweitzer Environmental Center, 16N900 Sleepy Hollow Rd, West Dundee, IL 60118 16N900 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Wes Dundee, Illinois, United States

Weather permitting, join Friends of the Fox River president Gary Swick and steward Don Purn for a tour of the gardens, woods, and hiking trails at Schweitzer Environmental Center. Meet at the center. Dress for the weather and wear shoes for a hike.

Community Screening of Watershed Warriors

The Ashbury, 1 Douglas Ave, Elgin, IL 60120 1 Douglas Ave, Elgin, Illinois, United States

The documentary film Watershed Warriors featuring Friends of the Fox River will be released on April 20. As a Friend of the Fox River, you are invited to a premier community screening for this locally-created film at The Ashbury in Elgin. For a $40 donation you'll enjoy small bites and a complimentary drink. The evening ... Read more

Earth Day Immanuel Lutheran River Cleanup

Immanuel Lutheran Church 310 East Main St. East Dundee, IL 60118 310 East Main St, East Dundee, Illinois, United States

Our Friends at Immanuel Church and School will be conducting a river cleanup from the Dundee pedestrian bridge to the Carpentersville Dam. We are meeting on the east side of the Dundee pedestrian bridge at 9 am. It will be a beautiful yet brisk morning, so dress for the weather. Garbage bags, buckets, and picker ... Read more

McHenry County Earth Day Celebration

Prairieview Education Center 2212 Behan Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 2212 Behan Road, Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States

Join Friends of the Fox River as we lead a fun, important activity to educate the public on how they can live more sustainably. This is a minimal waste event that is free to all ages; no registration is required. Exhibitors, habitat restoration project, guided hikes, activities, and crafts ongoing throughout the day. New! Rotary ... Read more

Aurora Greenfest

PRISCO COMMUNITY CENTER 150 West Illinois Ave, Aurora, Illinois, United States

Friends of the Fox River joins other organizations in providing common sense solutions for Aurora & Fox River Valley! Join us at our table outside for some Fox River fun and info. ​

Elgin Valley Fox Trot 2023

The 46th annual races commence on Sunday. Race directors for the 10-mile and 5k races are:   Tim Williams and Ed Bates. Feel free to address either one or both at  Register at Start/Finish Area  Just north of the Elgin Gail Borden Library at Grove and Kimball Street. The race route heads through Elgin’s north end neighborhoods ... Read more

Love Our River Day Guided Canoe Trip

Join Friends of the Fox River president Gary Swick for a guided trip from the McHenry Dam State Park. Love Our River Day is supported by the Friends of Moraine Hills State Park. Launch from the McHenry Dam for a 6 mile, 3 hour paddle.  A shuttle back to the McHenry Dam will be arranged.   Canoes ... Read more

Recycling News – From Clair Ryan

Are you recycling right? Friends of the Fox River presents Clair Ryan, Kane County Recycling Coordinator - you'll hear all the latest info and news about what's recyclable. If you're confused about specific items, bring a list or bring the item! Clair began as the Recycling Program Coordinator for Kane County’s Department of Water and ... Read more

Rusty Rodeo 2023 – Two Locations

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

FREE! Join us for this annual tradition at 2 sites this year! Glenwood Forest Preserve in Batavia and at the west side of the footbridge in St. Charles.. There are underwater varmints in our local streams and rivers! This is an “in the river” experience with a scientific purpose. Rusty Crawfish are a recent inhabitant ... Read more

Dog Days at Schweitzer Environmental Center

Schweitzer Environmental Center 16N690 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Dundee Township, Illinois, United States

Emily Schweitzer (the former owner of SEC) was a dog lover and owner/trainer of Irish Setters who were multi-national champions. The Schweitzer Woods dog park and surrounding 160 acres were part of her gift to Kane County Forest Preserve District. It is by far one of the best dog park facilities anywhere around and it’s ... Read more

Make the Move to a Cleaner Energy Source!

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

Friends of the Fox River welcomes Marina Minic, Solar Programs Coordinator of the Citizens Utility Board, to the Schweitzer Environmental Center on Sunday, September 10. Marina works to educate communities about solar, advocate for and implement clean energy policy, and engage in one-on-one consumer assistance. Learn why and how it makes "cents" to go solar. ... Read more


Join us as we introduce our film Watershed Warriors presented by RIVERS are LIFE to a new crowd, then join the fun and games and sample extraordinary beer, including one brewed especially for Friends of the Fox River! Don't miss this - clean water means great beer! - No Cover- Special Tapping of our brand ... Read more

Elgin Short Film Festival

Hemmens Cultural Center 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, Illinois, United States

Come support and vote for our very own "Watershed Warriors" at this weekend's festival at Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL 60120. Help us become the People's Choice! Both virtual and in-person tickets are available. Red Carpet Reception at 6 p.m.