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Cancelled – Second Saturday Outdoor Family Adventure

Due to public health concerns Friends of the Fox River has cancelled this event.   Friends of the Fox River invite you and your family to join us on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as we explore special places throughout the Fox River valley. Learn what a watershed … Read more

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Clams, Dams and Fox River Biodiversity

Clams, Dams and Fox River Biodiversity Friends of the Fox River Director and Professional Engineer Art Malm provides a brief history of the Fox River dams, their importance to the early development of the Fox River Valley, and the services they provide today. He will also discuss the negative impact of the dams on the … Read more

2nd Saturday Outdoor Family Adventure

Second Saturday Outdoor Family Adventure

You and your family are invited to join us on the 2nd Saturday of each month for an outdoor adventure as we explore special places along the Fox River and throughout its watershed. Learn what a watershed is. See how the Fox River was formed, Visit the special natural areas that make the Fox River … Read more

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Happy 30th Birthday Friends of the Fox River

What Were You Doing 30 Years Ago? By Gary Swick, President Maybe you were getting a new job, traveling, going to school, still in diapers, or maybe you weren’t even been born yet. Lucky for us that founder of the Friends of the Fox River (FOFR), Pat Reese was visioning a better world for Fox … Read more

The Legend of The Fox

“The Fox”, also known as James F. Phillips, is better known around the world than he is in the Fox Valley where his covert, one-man campaign to stop pollution from entering the Fox River made him famous as an eco-activist. When “The Fox” plugged his first pipe that was polluting the Fox River, the sign … Read more

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Second Saturday Outdoor Family Adventure

You and your family are invited to join us on the 2nd Saturday of each month as we explore special places along the Fox River and throughout its watershed. Learn what a watershed is. See how the Fox River was formed, Visit the special natural areas that make the Fox River Valley an important ecosystem, … Read more

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State of the Fox River 2020

Fifty Years of Environmental Protection In this year’s live presentation of the State of the Fox River, I shared my challenge in answering the complex question that I often receive: “How is the Fox River doing?” Since the enactment of the Clean Water Act in 1970 things have been improving. That legislation was a federally … Read more

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Meet Your Neighbors – Meet Your Underground Neighbors!

By Jack MacRae Groundhogs and badgers are both local, grayish mammals that live in holes in the ground.  But that’s where the similarities end.  Groundhogs (Marmota monax) are grazing members of the rodent family; badgers are hunting members of the weasel family, (Mustelidae). Groundhogs live all over, badgers are restricted in their local range.  Groundhogs have a holiday … Read more

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Annual State of the Fox River Report

Friends of the Fox River’s President Gary Swick presents his annual “State of the Fox River” review of what’s going on with the Fox River currently, what’s happened since last year, and what’s planned for this year. “Last year we celebrated anniversaries, accomplishments, and activities with party horns. This year we will be putting on … Read more

How Are We Protecting the Fox River?

By Gary Swick, President “How is the river doing?” and “What’s new with Friends of the Fox River (FOFR)?” are the two most common questions that I hear related to the Fox River. In January, I will answer the first question during my State of the Fox River 2020 report at Schweitzer Environmental Center (SEC) … Read more