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Why Is My Membership Important?

The Fox River and its tributaries are under constant and increasing pressure from commercial development, proposed bridges, new roads and suburban sprawl. The river is choked by outmoded dams and polluted with excessive nutrients. Inadequate stormwater plans and infrastructure have destructive impacts on the river’s water quality and general health.

The river has a voice and some of us hear it. But it can’t speak for itself in those rooms where decisions get made about what we build or destroy in or around it. It can’t rid itself of the man-made objects we drop, leave behind, throw away or blow into the river. It can’t determine who’s polluting it, or the source. Only people who care about the river and all the life that depends on it can do that.

Your membership is necessary for the defense and protection of the Fox River and its watershed. Friends of the Fox River cannot achieve its mission without the participation of concerned citizens like you. We cannot rely on local, state or federal governments to fully protect and restore the river, or consider the unity of the river and its watershed in both states. Your membership will help to maintain our existing programs and assist us in expanding our work throughout the watershed.

Whether you choose to become a clean up volunteer, a monitor, participate in a Fox Rescue cleanup, attend Friends of the Fox River events, donor, or simply be counted as a member, you are helping protect the Fox River and its tributaries.

In return, we will speak on your behalf for the river and watershed, provide you with educational events, newsletters, volunteer opportunities, and reports of our activities. Together we can create the culture of stewardship needed to protect the Fox River now and for future generations.

How Do Memberships Work?

All Friends of the Fox River individual memberships now run from August 1st of each year to July 31st. We’ve made this change to align the largest gathering of our members; at our No Clean Water No Good Beer FUNdraiser in the 1st week of August, with an annual membership drive.

If you join anytime after August, your membership will expire on the following July 31st. New members who join after the 1st of each year may be offered a discounted membership fee through a clean up, fundraiser, or other FOFR run community service event.

Members receive discounts on FOFR events, canoe trips and on tickets for the August FUNdraiser. Members can also receive discounts or other benefits from our participating Business Partners. See our Business Partner page for more information on Business Partner offers.

You can use a credit card if you don’t have a PayPal account.

Please choose to be a sustaining member. Please choose “recurring payment” in the checkout process. 

Friends of the Fox River is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your membership and donations are tax deductible as charitable contributions.

General Member

$40
  • Emailed monthly Newsletter
  • monthly Members-Only Newsletter and updates on current river issues
  • Invitations to Friends of the Fox River and partners’ events
  • Free admission to monthly presentations at Schweitzer Environmental Center
  • Advance notice, advance registration, and discount on tickets for regular and special canoe trips, and other special events.

Student/Limited Income

$10
  • Emailed monthly Newsletter
  • monthly Members-Only Newsletter and updates on current river issues
  • Invitations to Friends of the Fox River and partners’ events
  • Free admission to monthly presentations at Schweitzer Environmental Center
  • Advance notice, advance registration, and discount on tickets for regular and special canoe trips, and other special events.

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