How You Can Help

Schweitzer Environmental Center works to educate local students and the general public about the Fox River, it’s watershed, and the species that depend on their health.

Schweitzer Environmental Center
Schweitzer Environmental Center

Friends of the Fox River leases the Schweitzer Environmental Center from the Kane County Forest Preserve District in partnership with Carpentersville School District 300. By the terms of the lease Friends of the Fox River is responsible for the maintenance, upkeep and repair of the building. At the same time the terms of the lease severely limits the ways Friends of the Fox River can use, charge admission fees, or rent out the facility.

Monthly expenses include utilities, cleaning services and supplies, and the cost of an internet connection. Annual and occasional expenses include building maintenance, repairs and improvements.

We believe the use of the Schweitzer Environmental Center for informal free programs, for our Watershed Watchdogs formal education programs for local schools, and our Streams Educator’s Teacher workshops, provide significant benefits to our communities and the Fox River. You can be a part of Emily’s legacy and Friends of the Fox River’s work to provide environmental education by volunteering at SEC events, donating goods or services, or making a cash contribution.

Please consider making a one-time donation, or a sustaining recurring contribution to help our efforts.