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Friends' Summer Speaker Series on the Riverwalk

Save your Monday lunches for the Chicago Riverwalk and gain perspective on river related topics.  We invite you to join us every Monday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. to hear an expert tell you a little bit about the river, wildlife or architecture along the river.  It is free and open to the public.  Join us on the museum's outdoor plaza on the Riverwalk. 

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North Branch Wilderness Paddle

Our most adventurous canoe trip of the season provides paddlers with a chance to glimpse local wildlife, including herons, turtles, mink and deer. We'll paddle six river miles from Winnetka to Morton Grove along the North Branch of the Chicago River, passing through quiet, forested landscapes as the narrow river meanders back and forth. 

Click for more information and a trip itinerary.

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Somme Woods East Volunteer Workday

Somme Woods East, the furthest east of the Sommes, has bur and white oak woodlands with massive old oaks, open marshes, and ephemeral ponds. Rich with native plants and animals, they are being restored to their original beauty. This site is part of the visionary Next Century Conservation Plan to ensure that thousands of acres of healthy woodlands, wetlands and prairies continue to exist and thrive in our forest preserves. Be a part of river and forest revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore this special site along the Chicago River. Learn what it takes to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health in our forest preserves and our river system. Our goal is to grow a community of people who will become caretakers and stewards through on-going education and training.

For more information and to register, click here.

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Clayton Smith Flatwoods (Bunker Hill North)

Remove buckthorn and weeds to restore native savanna, woodlands and river bluff ecosystems! Be a part of Centennial Volunteers and help out in our forest preserves.

Enjoy a day of  removing invasives, fixing small gullies and learning more about local ecology. For more information and to register, click here.

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Friends' Summer Speaker Series On the Riverwalk

Save your Monday lunches for the Chicago Riverwalk and gain perspective on river related topics.  We invite you to join us every Monday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. to hear an expert tell you a little bit about the river, wildlife or architecture along the river.  It is free and open to the public.  Join us on the museum's outdoor plaza on the Riverwalk. 

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Friends' Summer Speaker Series On the Riverwalk

Save your Monday lunches for the Chicago Riverwalk and gain perspective on river related topics.  We invite you to join us every Monday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. to hear an expert tell you a little bit about the river, wildlife or architecture along the river.  It is free and open to the public.  Join us on the museum's outdoor plaza on the Riverwalk. 

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Friends' Summer Speaker Series On the Riverwalk

Save your Monday lunches for the Chicago Riverwalk and gain perspective on river related topics.  We invite you to join us every Monday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. to hear an expert tell you a little bit about the river, wildlife or architecture along the river.  It is free and open to the public.  Join us on the museum's outdoor plaza on the Riverwalk. 

View Event »
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Friends' Summer Speaker Series On the Riverwalk

Save your Monday lunches for the Chicago Riverwalk and gain perspective on river related topics.  We invite you to join us every Monday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. to hear an expert tell you a little bit about the river, wildlife or architecture along the river.  It is free and open to the public.  Join us on the museum's outdoor plaza on the Riverwalk. 

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Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring Training

Wildlife Habitats – Friends of the Chicago River is restoring habitat for three river-dependent species and we need your help to monitor them!  Working with the Forest Preserves of Cook County on this three-year Wildlife Habitat project, Friends identified bats, turtles, and osprey as key species in our watershed that would benefit from our help.  We are now recruiting for our second round of trainings!  These trainings will provide all of the necessary information and expectations for interested volunteers to monitor our habitats.  We are asking volunteers to commit to one or more habitat locations and monitor at least 8 times during the year.  Commitment levels vary.  Our habitats are located in Glencoe, Skokie, Winnetka, Northfield, Morton Grove, and the Calumet.  The best part is that no experience is needed! 

Contact Sean Moloney at smoloney@chicagoriver.org for more information and to register.  Dinner will be provided at the training!

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Asian Carp Grill

If you can’t beat it, eat it. Learn about this notorious invasive species and taste some too, thanks to Dirk’s Fish. Fun and informative, this is your chance to taste Asian Carp and ask your burning questions about it. 

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Kickapoo Woods Volunteer Workday

From milkweed to goldenrod, Kickapoo's native prairie plants need your help! Be a part of river and forest revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore this special site along the  Little Calumet River. Learn what it takes to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health in our forest preserves and our river system. Our goal is to grow a community of people who will become caretakers and stewards through on-going education and training.

For more information and to register, click here.

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Friends' Summer Speaker Series On the Riverwalk

Save your Monday lunches for the Chicago Riverwalk and gain perspective on river related topics.  We invite you to join us every Monday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. to hear an expert tell you a little bit about the river, wildlife or architecture along the river.  It is free and open to the public.  Join us on the museum's outdoor plaza on the Riverwalk. 

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Moonlight Lagoons Paddle

Join us in an exclusive after-hours moonlit paddle through the Skokie Lagoons. Keep your eyes and ears open as the nocturnal world comes awake! Night paddling is not normally permitted in the Forest Preserves, so this is a special opportunity to experience the lagoons from a rare perspective. 

Click for more information and a detailed trip itinerary. 

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77 Beats

The Old Town School of Folk Music is creating a musical travelogue entitled “77 Beats,” designed to celebrate all 77 of Chicago’s ethnically-diverse neighborhoods. In consultation with community leaders, “77 Beats” will present a series of performances representing the music and culture of each neighborhood, paired with other cultural elements such as cuisine, visual arts and traditions in unique and unexpected locations, throughout spring, summer and fall 2016. 

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North Branch Wilderness Paddle

Our most adventurous canoe trip of the season provides paddlers with a chance to glimpse local wildlife, including herons, turtles, mink and deer. We'll paddle six river miles from Winnetka to Morton Grove along the North Branch of the Chicago River, passing through quiet, forested landscapes as the narrow river meanders back and forth. 

Click for more information and a trip itinerary.

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