North Branch Restoration Project Workdays

The Chicago metropolitan area containes some of Illinois’ largest and best remnants of our native eco-systems. These remaining natural lands are precious and irreplaceable, but they need our help to survive and prosper. Every weekend, in all kinds of weather, volunteers gather at scheduled sites to work, restoring health to the preserves by cutting brush, pulling weeds, gathering and sowing seeds. 

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Chicago River Day 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018, is the 26th Chicago River Day! This beloved annual volunteer day has an immediate impact and collectively brings about long-term improvements in the health of the Chicago River. Spanning the river’s 156-mile system with over 60 locations to choose from, there are many ways for people of all ages to get involved. ​

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Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak MARATHON

The Des Plaines Marathon was founded in 1957 by Ralph Frese, an avid paddler and canoe builder. The beautiful course runs 18.5 miles on the upper Des Plaines River in northern Illinois. Added in 2014 the 5.25 mile Minithon ends at the same finish line as the longstanding 18.5 mile paddle.

The post race party continues with food, music, awards and story swapping.

Find out more about this event at their website here: www.canoemarathon.com


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Big Fish Ball

2018 Big Fish Ball-Please Join Us!

Walk on the wildside of the Chicago River at the 13th annual Big Fish Ball gala on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Nearly 500 of Chicago’s top influencers, decision-makers and the Friends' most generous donors come together for a special evening of cocktails, visits with river wildlife, and an exceptional dinner, great entertainment, raffles, live and silent auctions. 

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