nature

Holiday Nature Arts & Crafts Show & Sale

Enjoy the spirit of the holidays as artisans and crafters show and sell nature-themed treasures or natural and organic products. Refreshments and evergreen floral arrangements will be for sale to benefit the center. The event is free to the public. (Qualifying vendor tables are available for $25 up to November 30th and can be booked … Read more

Schweitzer Environmental Center

Schweitzer Committee Meeting

Friends of the Fox River Committee meets to discuss upcoming events and building work. The public is invited. Join our committee to be part of this meeting. Contact below.

Schweitzer Environmental Center

Schweitzer Committee Meeting

Friends of the Fox River Committee meets to discuss upcoming events and building work. The public is invited. Join our committee to be part of this meeting. Contact below.

chestnut tree

Meet Your Ex – Next Door Neighbor!

By Jack Frost MacRae They were the perfect American tree. They were among the tallest, the widest, and had the straightest grain. They grew fast, were numerous, and were resistant to rot and decay. Their nuts fed billions. They were pretty. And, Mel Torme wrote a celebrated song about them. Then the blight came and … Read more

students in the stream

What is Education For? Citizen Empowerment

By Gary Swick It’s back-to-school season for Friends of the Fox River (FOFR) and our team of educators is geared up to teach more than two thousand students how to collect water quality data in their schools’ local streams. Our “Watershed Watchdogs” education program is composed of lessons in traditional topics like local geography, natural … Read more

Schweitzer Environmental Center

Schweitzer Committee Meeting

Friends of the Fox River Committee meets to discuss upcoming events and building work. The public is invited. Join our committee to be part of this meeting. Contact below.

Schweitzer Environmental Center

Schweitzer Committee Meeting

Friends of the Fox River Committee meets to discuss upcoming events and building work. The public is invited. Join our committee to be part of this meeting. Contact below.

Bee Blitz – photographing bees locally for species counts

Citizen scientists take photos (with a camera or smart phone) of bees they’ve found and send them to the Bee Blitz website, where in turn they are sent to the University of IL to gather species counts.  Chris Kious, a local entomologist, will lead the event. Wanted:  Chris is looking for volunteers who would like … Read more

FREP Membership Meeting – Dealing with Geese and other Pests

First a brief FREP membership meeting, then the special program: Wild Good Chase and Other Methods of Dealing With Pests Vanessa A. Williams Animal Behaviorist / Research Program Director, Wild Goose Chase, Inc. Wild Goose Chase Inc. will present about the work they do with FVPD. Their main techniques involve using trained canines to patrol … Read more