Take A Chance For Education
Friends of the Fox River is raffling off this brand new Northstar Northwind 16 canoe to raise funds to support a year round environmental education program for schools and the general public.
The raffle will open on February 22, 2020. Raffle tickets are $10. On-line raffle ticket sales will end on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 8 pm.
The canoe, worth $2,500, is the only raffle prize. The winning raffle ticket will be chosen at our annual “No Clean Water No Good Beer” FUNdraiser on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 9 pm. Tickets may be purchased below.
Creating a Watershed of Caretakers
Friends of the Fox River (FOFR) fulfills the most important part of our mission: education, through our unique experiential streams education courses. For the last several years, our outreach educators have been putting up to 5,000 students in boots to stand in a stream nearby their school. They learn to make physical, chemical and biological measurements to determine water quality and health of that tributary to the Fox River. They learn about the life of that stream, and come to understand how every stream and river supports a web of life. Now the demand for this hands-on, science learning about the student’s local environment is growing and we need your help to meet it.
Our unique outdoor, in-stream, education program is limited by weather to two months in the fall and two months in the spring of each school year. This results in short term employment for our educators. FOFR takes considerable effort to find enough qualified environmental educators willing to accept short term employment, and return.
Our goal is to develop sufficient funding to employ one full-time lead educator. This way we can provide stable management for our outreach educators, expand our water quality science education program to work with schools throughout the school year, and develop environmental weekend and summer camps for children, families, and adults.
Recently, renowned canoe designer and builder Ted Bell offered to trade a newly built Northstar Northwind 16 canoe for one of our old canoe trailers. It was a nice trailer but it hadn’t moved in a decade and was covered in green moss. After we got over our astonishment at this amazing offer, we pulled the trailer out of a backyard in Yorkville, cleaned it up, replaced the lights and wiring, and drove it to Princeton, Minnesota where Ted builds the best canoes in world and had one ready and waiting for us.
You Can Help!
We’re asking for your help to build a stable, well trained staff experienced in the unique water quality science education programs we’ve developed over the last thirty years. Retaining an educator throughout the school year will significantly expand the number of students who will gain the important knowledge that we teach about the natural world, our ecosystem, and the Fox River’s watershed and waterways.
Here’s The Deal
The raffle prize canoe, worth $2,500, is the only prize in the raffle. A maximum of 1,000 tickets will be sold. The winning raffle ticket and two alternative winning tickets will be chosen at our annual “No Clean Water No Good Beer” FUNdraiser on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 9 pm at Bandito Barney’s Beach Club in East Dundee, Illinois. The winner need not be present. Take a chance to win this new canoe, and help us teach our children well.
Official Raffle Rules
By purchasing a raffle ticket, you are agreeing to the official rules of this raffle. Please read the official Raffle Rules HERE.