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Annual Barrington Area KidFest Kite Fly & Nature Learning

Citizens Park, 511 N Lake Zurich Rd, Barrington, IL 60010 511 N. Lake Zurich Rd., Barrington, Illinois, United States

Join Friends of the Fox River at this fun, lively family event that gets the entire family outside and moving. We'll bring our critters to help explore pond life. Kids can also participate in other activity stations: climb a tree, build a birdhouse, race their parents, do an obstacle course. 

Fox River Cleanup – With Representative Anna Moeller

Gail Borden Library 270 North Grove, Elgin, IL 270 North Grove, Elgin, Illinois

Join Friends of the Fox River at the north end of the Gail Borden Library parking lot for this year’s cleanup. Dress for the day's weather forecast, and to protect yourself (long sleeves, pants, and closed toe shoes) from sun, poison ivy, and insects. Have footwear appropriate for wet and muddy conditions.  If practical, please ... 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. ​

Batavia Fox River Cleanup

Blackard Skate and Bike Park 411 S River St, Batavia, IL 60510

Join Friends of the Fox River and the City of Batavia for this year’s cleanup. Dress for the day's weather forecast, and to protect yourself (long sleeves, pants, and closed toe shoes) from sun, poison ivy, and insects. Have footwear appropriate for wet and muddy conditions.  If practical, please bring gloves, small plastic shopping bags, ... Read more

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

Celebrating Our Fox River

Join Friends of the Fox River Director of Education Programs Operations, Jenni Kempf and President, Gary Swick at Volo Blog.

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

Canoe Raffle Drawing at Rosie’s on National Canoe Day

Join Friends of the Fox River at Rosie O'Hare's Public House on Monday, June 26 for the drawing of the winning ticket for this beautiful Canadienne canoe on National Canoe Day! Rosie O'Hare's is at 702 Water St. in East Dundee. Friends of the Fox River is celebrating National Canoe Day by offering chances to ... Read more

Green Drinks McHenry County – Geo Power Hour (Zoom only this week) 110 North Main Street, Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States

Register HERE This event will be hybrid, for those who are unable to attend in person. Pre-registration is required for Zoom attendance, but not for in-person attendance.Register in advance for this meeting: registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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

No Clean Water No Good Beer (or Wine)

Bandito Barney’s 10 N River St, East Dundee, United States

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

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

FREP Membership Meeting & Program

Algonquin Public Works Facility 110 Mitchard Way, Algonquin, IL (Mitchard is new name for Meyer Rd.) 110 Mitchard Way, Algonquin, Illinois, United States

Engaging Young People in Ecosystem Restoration Presenter:  Sarah Voska, Bluestem Ecological Services Sarah is the Sales Manager at Bluestem Ecological Services. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Climate Change from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso in Chile, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainability Studies from UW Parkside. Since 2021, she has been a Youth Task Force ... Read more

It’s Our Fox River Day – A Watershed-Wide Celebration

Fox River

On Saturday, September 16, 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 We are reaching out to Mayors, City Councils, Park Districts and Forest Preserve Districts along the river, along with environmental groups, faith communities, youth organizations and ... 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.