River Trippin’ with Jenni

A Photo and Video Journey Along a Full-Length Fox River Paddle

Join Jenni Kempf Schiavone, the Director of Education Programs Operations with Friends of the Fox River (FOTFR) on Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 12:30 pm at Schweitzer Environmental Center for a presentation on her full-length paddling trip along the Fox River. 

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Jenni had always wanted to paddle the entire length of the Fox River, and in celebration of the 2022 It’s Our Fox River Day, an annual event in September to celebrate our watershed, she did just that. Growing up on its banks in Algonquin Shores, the river was foundational in her upbringing. Now it is her job to lead joyous experiences to help children understand and value the river and their role in protecting it. 

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From portaging around the Fox River’s 16 dams, crossing one of the most heavily used powerboat recreation areas at the Chain O’Lakes, and unplanned camping, when necessary, the 202-mile paddling trip was no easy feat for Jenni and the friends that accompanied her. But challenges were balanced by majesty and firsthand Fox River education that she will carry with her in her role at FOTFR. Hear all about it and bring your nostalgic Fox River stories for a presentation and talk about this impactful voyage.

Click here to read about Jenni’s trip.