Born to Be Wild

Friends would like to thank everyone who made the inaugural Born to Be Wild a truly special event!

When habitats and ecosystems suffer, so do the species that live in them. Born to be Wild illuminated how the river can play a critical role in preventing animal extinction. We can all do our part in protecting the animals and wildlife in the world we live in. 


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

More than $17,000 was raised to support the mission of Friends through the silent auction, sponsorship, ticket sales, and donations. 

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. If you want to play, here is the bingo card and tip sheet

Call of the Wildlife—There's No Place Like Home with wildlife ambassadors, Friends, and Sand Ridge Nature Center, View the YouTube video here.

Chicago River Masquerade Virtual Cruise with Chicago Detours.

Born to Be Wild Finale and Nature's Concert: Rivers Empyrean with 5th House Ensemble.

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.