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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.

FUNdraiser at Sturdy Shelter Brewing

Join us for a fun-filled evening and try Painted Turtle, a well-balanced and easy drinking pale ale named after our state turtle.During the final two weeks of Sept, they will be donating a $1 from each pint sold to Friends of the Fox River! Without clean water, there is no clean beer. Located in beautiful ... Read more

Fox River Fall 2023 Bike & Beer Tour

Join Riverlands Brewing Company (1860 Dean St Unit A, St. Charles, IL 60174) and Sturdy Shelter Brewing (10 Shumway Ave, Batavia, IL 60510) for a day of biking the Fox River and beer, including specialty brews: Acid Rainbow - FOTFR and Painted Turtle. The ride concludes awareness month for Friends of the Fox River.

Dundee CleanUp Day

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

Join us at Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Dundee on Saturday, October 7th at 8:30 for a Fox River cleanup. Garbage bags, refreshments and T-shirts available while supplies last. No registration required. Contact Karen Flowers at 224-402-3454 for more information.

Understanding Coyotes

Shane McKenzie has been the associate research scientist on the Urban Coyote Research Project for the past decade. He will be discussing research findings related to the coyotes of Chicagoland along with strategies for coexistence. In addition Shane will share updates on new avenues of wildlife research related to urban river otters in Chicagoland. The ... Read more

Dam Removal Public Comments Deadline

The United States Army Corps of Engineers will be accepting public comments through Monday, November 6, 2023. Comments and/or questions can be sent to Mr. Ryan Johnson, biologist, at: to learn more about the study and recommendations. The Fox River Study Group (FRSG), which has conducted extensive water quality sampling and river modeling, ... Read more

FREP –  Equity in Nature Access and Environmental Justice

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

USACE on dam removals on the Fox River After more than twenty years of research, planning, and advocacy, we are at a critical juncture for the health and future of the Fox River. The Army Corps of Engineers ran a series of three public meetings the week of Sept. 18, 2023, to discuss the findings of ... Read more

Meet the Raptors

It's a mystery exactly which birds will be coming to Schweitzer Environmental Center in Schweitzer Woods at 16N900 Sleepy Hollow Road in West Dundee. Much depends on the condition of the birds on the day of the program. There will be an owl and a falcon or hawk. Did you know that many birds of ... Read more

Friends of the Fox River Annual Meeting

Members are welcome. The purpose of this meeting is to meet and the election of directors. A slate of directors will be presented by the nominating committee (staff) and voted on by the members present. Friends of the Fox River monthly meeting follows.

Nature Arts & Crafts & Calendar Sale

Inspired by Nature and Created by Local Artists Join us for Second Sundays at Schweitzer Environmental Center on Sunday, December 10, 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 ... Read more