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Responding to New Challenges

We are learning that doing things differently (not necessarily by choice) can yield better results. Friends of the Fox River (FOFR) is meeting new challenges by offering our services of education, restoration, and advocacy in new ways. Everybody is experiencing some loss during this unique period: loss of life, connection to others, work as we … Read more


Cancelled – Aurora Kiwanis “One Day” – River Cleanup

Volunteer now to help cleanup along the Fox River in Aurora as Friends of the Fox River supports the Aurora Kiwanis Club’s “One Day” event. This is the 13th year that Kiwanis Club of Aurora has a “One Day” objective to unite volunteers to participate on the same day in a hands-on service project to better … Read more

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Love Our River Days

by Gary Mechanic, Executive Director The Fox River has come a long way from the days when it was the most used and abused river in Illinois. An 1908 monograph describes the Fox River: “… the tributaries often bring large amounts of sediment, and various manufactories along the river discharge a large amount of refuse … Read more

River Clean Up

Volunteer extraordinaire Jennifer Grommes will lead paddlers from Leroy Oaks Forest Preserve to Ferson Creek Forest Preserve Our thanks to The Village Squire for providing the refreshments. Dress for the weather, bring sunscreen, your water bottle, wear a hat, wear waterproof shoes, bring old grocery bags. We have grabbers (for reaching & picking up stuff), … Read more

Friends of the Fox – Fox River Clean UP

Volunteer extraordinaire Brad De Ark will be conducting a clean up from Jon Duerr Forest Preserve to Ferson Creek Park. This will be mostly “on the water,” but we will need some shoreline support too. We will be partnering with PSC and IPC. Dress for the weather, bring sunscreen, your water bottle, wear a hat, … Read more