Born to Be Wild

Prepare for an Otterly Fun Good Time

We're bringing the Chicago River system and its wildlife to your home.

October 25, 2020 - November 5, 2020

Silent Auction opens on October 25 and closes at 10 p.m. on November 5, 2020.

Preview of the silent auction and early registration to bid begins on October 22.

Virtual Events

Chicago River Scavenger Hunt, Play from Sunday, October 25 to Sunday, November 1, 2020

The Chicago River Scavenger Hunt was designed by Friends' Tributary Committee to bring out your science, creative, and adventurous side while helping our environment and getting you outside to experience our watershed first hand. To play, your hunt begins by visiting here

Call of the Wildlife—There's No Place Like Home with wildlife ambassadors, Friends, and Sand Ridge Nature Center, Tuesday, October 27 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Reserve your Zoom seat for this family-friendly program. 

Chicago River Masquerade Virtual Cruise with Chicago Detours, Thursday, October 29 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reserve your Zoom seat and your Born to Be Wild Thank You Party Pack today. 

Born to Be Wild Finale and Nature's Concert: Rivers Empyrean with 5th House Ensemble, Thursday, November 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reserve your Zoom seat today. 

Call to Action

Wildlife species are vanishing at an alarming rate across the planet because of human activity including a potential loss of nearly 400 North American bird species. The Chicago River system can play a role in the solution. Join our call to action to do something about it...starting now. Support our efforts in landscape-scale restoration projects that continue to increase native turtles' nesting success as well as our other habitat projects for channel catfish, bats, and ospreys through your ticket purchases.

Friends' new Wildlife Conservation Framework Plan lays the foundation to develop a strategic approach to wildlife protection and awareness of the role that you can play to keep our wildlife from extinction and ensure reproductive success so those born wild can stay wild.