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. Contact Josh Coles at josh@fotfp.org. View map here.

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Dive In: Solutions to a Swimmable River

Join Friends of the Chicago River For an On The Table discussion. We will have coffee and mid-morning snacks. If you love the Chicago River and want to share your ideas, please join this On The Table. After the conversation, we will let participants get a sneak peak of the museum before its opening day May 14.

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Chicago River Day

This annual metro-wide volunteer day spans the river’s 156-mile system. Volunteers will work along the river banks and help to remove tons of litter and sort out recyclables, but can also support construction of river trails, remove invasive vegetation, and plant native plants. With over 60 locations to choose from, we are excited to see you out along the river this spring for Chicago River Day! Learn more about Chicago River Day

 

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Forest Glen Woods

This is a kick off event for Forest Glen, one of the four new Centennial Volunteer sites.  Come join us for a workday and learn more about how to get involved at this site throughout the year. Contact Josh at josh@fotfp.org

View map here.

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Forest Glen Woods

This is a kick off event for Forest Glen, one of the four new Centennial Volunteer sites.  Come join us for a workday and learn more about how to get involved at this site throughout the year. Contact Josh at josh@fotfp.org.

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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. Contact Josh Coles at josh@fotfp.orgView map here and once near site follow the yellow volunteer signs.

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Friends' Summer Cruise benefiting the Bridgehouse Museum

On the cruise we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary of the Bridgehouse Museum and as such the theme is “The Chicago River: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”  Friends' Summer Cruise is generously sponsored by PepsiCo and the Wendella Sightseeing Company and benefits Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum.

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Forest Glen Woods

Forest Glen, one of the four new Centennial Volunteer sites, come join us for a workday and learn more about how to get involved at this site throughout the year. Contact Josh at josh@fotfp.org.

View map here.

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77 Beats

Partnering with the Old Town School of Folk Music, enjoy live music and food celebrating the distinct 77 Chicago neighborhoods.

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Blue Star Memorial workday

We will be removing invasive species, and learning about other restoration activities. 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. Contact Josh Coles at josh@fotfp.org.

View map here.

 

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Friends' Summer Speaker Series on the Riverwalk

Save your Monday lunchs for the Chicago Riverwalk and gaining 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.

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Chicago River Evening Paddle

Join us in a leisurely moonlit jaunt along the Chicago River as the sun sets and the river transitions to a nocturnal landscape. Witness how the river changes as you canoe along tree-lined banks through quiet neighborhoods. Use all of your senses and the light of the moon to guide you, and keep an eye out for wildlife. 

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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. 

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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. Contact Josh Coles at josh@fotfp.org. View map here and once near site follow the yellow volunteer signs.

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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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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. 

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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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