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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

FREP Holiday Gathering

An evening of fellowship to share a potluck meal, hear nature tales from Pam Otto from St. Charles Park Dist. & Cheryl Smith from Campton Township, and end with a bonfire.RSVP for location directions and food coordination to

FREP Noon Network – Bats of the Fox River Valley by Tara Hohoff

Prairieview Education Center 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake, IL, United States

Location: Virtually on Zoom -- email to request Zoom link: Program: Tara Hohoff is a bat biologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. Tara co-leads the Illinois Bat Conservation Program which conducts statewide bat surveys using an array of techniques including mist netting, acoustics, emergence counts and genetic sampling. All About Bats of Illinois will cover the local ... Read more

State of the Fox River

Schweitzer Environmental Center 16N900 Sleepy Hollow Road in West Dundee., West Dundee, Illinois, United States

Gary Swick, president of Friends of the Fox River will present an entertaining and informative look at the health of the Fox River Watershed. Join Gary to examine the upcoming dam removal and continuing threats: development projects on prime farmlands, ecologically sensitive areas, and downtown riverfronts. What’s happening throughout the watershed will surprise and amaze ... Read more


“Raising Kane” Group Read & Discussion

Join us in reading the autobiography of The FOX (an American schoolteacher and environmental activist who became known in the Chicago area during the 1960s for his environmental direct action under the pseudonym The FOX). The FOX executed "stunts" that successfully brought media attention to the severe pollution of the Fox River in the 1960s that was killing wildlife and threatening human ... Read more

Down to the Creek

In their Fourth Annual winter series with the Gail Borden Library, Greater Kane County Wild Ones Start in Your Yard initiative invited a panel of experts to help us find out where the water from your land goes. See why the decisions about what we do on our land are important far beyond our own ... Read more

River Trippin’ with Jenni

Baker Community Center, 101 S. Second St, St. Charles, IL 101 S. Second St, St. Charles, Illinois, United States

River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles' series: A River Flows Through It... Life in the Fox River Valley  Join Jenni Kempf Schiavone, the Director of Education Programs Operations at the Baker Community Center, 101 S. Second St, St. Charles, IL for a photo and video journey along her full-length Fox River paddle.  Jenni had always ... Read more

Why Dam Removal Matters – Info & Discussion

Learn why it's important to have a safe and clean river flowing through our community. Join RiverLife Elgin's info & discussion session with local experts from the Fox River Study Group, Friends of the Fox River, and The Conservation Foundation. They will share their experiences with other successful dam removals, the science of our river's ... Read more

Flow like a River Yoga

Join Colleen and Friends of the Fox River the first Saturday of every month 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 ... Read more

Green Wednesdays – Tax Rebates for Decarbonizing Your Home 110 North Main Street, Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States

Socialize at 5, program at 6. This event will be hybrid, for those who are unable to attend in person. Pre-registration is required for Zoom attendance.Register in advance for this meeting: registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.Cohosted by The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen ... Read more

Thom McNamee Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Kilted 5K

Join us for the fun in East Dundee! This is a great day to get your green on! Look for our Friends of the Fox River float and cheer us on! 11:00 AM - Parade Steps Off at Rose O'Hare's and ends at Bandito Barney's. Click here to sign up for the Kilted 5K at ... Read more

Fox River Summit 2024

Click here to register and get tickets. Featuring the Fox River's water heroes! Meet David, the legal eagle tackling chloride, Tom, the dock dude championing inclusive water fun, and Paul, the farming wizard saving water at Ravensholme. Karen's making waves with the Fabulous Fox Water Trail, while Wes is clearing dams for safety and nature. ... Read more