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It’s Our Fox River Day
September 16, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Join us for the It’s Our Fox River Day Litter Cleanup on Saturday, September 16th from 9:00 – 11:00am. Volunteers will have the chance to make a difference in the community and help nature while enjoying a morning by the fabulous Fox River.
This year, we are offering five convenient cleanup locations. This is a family-friendly event. All ages and abilities are welcome. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. We will provide everything you need for the cleanup including gloves, trash bags, and grabbers.
Please register as an individual or family/group by Friday, September 8th.
Register for your preferred location below:
- Yorkville: Riverfront Park Registration
- Oswego: Hudson Park (Serenity Park), Violet Patch Park, or Boulder Point Registration
- St. Charles: Ferson Creek Park Registration
For more information contact:
Cassie Hatzfeld, The Conservation Foundation’s Volunteer Coordinator
The Conservation Foundation, Oswegoland Park District, Village of Oswego, Kendall County Outdoor Education Center, Yorkville Parks & Recreation, St. Charles River Corridor Foundation, St. Charles Park District, and Yorkville Green Connect
More about It’s Our Fox River Day from the Friends of the Fox River:
It’s Our Fox River Day (IOFRD) is held each year on the third Saturday of September. Individuals and groups organize events to celebrate, protect, and restore the health of the Fox River. In 2022, more than 2,000 volunteers came together to impact about 200 miles.
The Fox River “watershed” is the total land area that drains into the Fox River; it encompasses over 2,500 square miles and serves over 1 million residents. Protecting a watershed requires thinking and acting as a watershed. IOFRD is the largest demonstration of Fox River watershed-wide protective and celebratory action.
IOFRD is pronounced “I offered” – a day intended to be both an individual and collective event that offers a thank you to the Fox River. The concept originated as a 200-mile cleanup to symbolize the need for a unified approach to protect and restore a watershed. It is intended to grow awareness throughout the entire watershed for the need to work collaboratively to protect and restore the health of the Fox River. It is also an opportunity for residents to be able to say “I offered” thanks to my Fox River.