'A River Flows Through It' -- Unique Lecture Series on Fox River Starts Jan. 12 in St. Charles

‘A River Flows Through It’ — Unique Lecture Series on Fox River Starts Jan. 12 in St. Charles

The River Corridor Foundation, The Conservation Foundation, and the St. Charles Park District are partnering to sponsor a unique, five-part lecture series focused on topics related to the Fox River. The goal of the program is to increase community awareness of the wildlife diversity and benefits of living near our most valuable asset, the Fox River.

Speakers will explore wildlife and recreational activities that you can experience from land and on the water in the Fox River Valley.

The value of the Fox River will be connected to our human impact on these places, inspiring attendees to enjoy the outdoors and care for our natural resources.

All attendees must follow current CDC rules for indoor gathering. The group has set up a registration link to make sure the room remains at 50% capacity, and masks will be worn by all attendees.

“We anticipate these will be well attended and suggest guests sign up and arrive early to ensure seating is available,” said Jessica Mino, Kane and Kendall County program director with The Conservation Foundation.

The series kicks off from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, and continues during the same time slot on the second Wednesday of each month through May at the Baker Community Center, 101 S. 2nd Street, St. Charles.  Each program will feature a different topic and guest speaker.  All programing is FREE to the public and is engaging for all ages.

“The Conservation Foundation is thrilled bring back this series highlighting the beauty and benefits of the Fox River to both wildlife and our communities,” Mino said. “We had so many great topics and interesting people to hear from, it was difficult to choose just five to focus on this year. The Fox River Valley is a fascinating place to be for people of all ages and abilities.”

The first program — “Nature Rx: Nature for Your Wellbeing” — will draw the connection between the mental, spiritual, and physical benefits that people (you and I) experience from being outside. Speaker Jan Roehll of The Conservation Foundation will go in depth about how this works and why we are naturally drawn to nature.

“The first lecture is really unique,” said Laurel Moad, who is on the board of directors for the River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles. “There’s a true health benefit from being outdoors. It gives you a sense of wellbeing. I think this will be very timely going into the winter months.”

Kane County has many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, including St. Charles Park District very well maintained and restored natural areas (stcparks.org/trails/), the Fox River Bike Trail (map and app: kdot.countyofkane.org), the Fabulous Fox River Water trail (for paddling – fabulousfoxwatertrail.org), Forest Preserve District of Kane County trails (kaneforest.com), and many other park district/open space areas open to the public to enjoy. With great outdoor resources in Kane County, nature can be a major factor in supporting our personal and communities’ health.

The Conservation Foundation has received a Grand Victoria Riverboat Grant from Kane County to create and launch a “Nature Rx: Kane County” program. This includes facilitating Nature Rx opportunities with local Park Districts, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, and local health providers; creating a ParkRx America Database for Kane County; and offering Nature Rx Hikes for the general public.

The Conservation Foundation has successfully implemented a Nature Rx program in DuPage County over the past several years and is excited to bring this program and these opportunities to Kane County residents in 2022.

Attend the Jan. 12 presentation to find out more about Nature Rx in Kane County.

Mark your calendars for the following programs and dates that take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates at the Baker Community Center, 101 S. 2nd St., St. Charles

  • Jan. 12: “Nature Rx: Nature for Your Wellbeing” — Jan Roehll, The Conservation Foundation
  • Feb. 9: “Fun on the Fox:  View from the Water” — Ryan Solomon, St. Charles Park District
  • March 9: “I Spy … Fox River Wildlife: Mammals of the Fox River” — Pam Otto, St. Charles Park District
  • April 13: “Fox River Raptors … LIVE! Owls, Hawks and more” — Candace Ridlbauer, Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education
  • May 11: “Your Legacy on the Fox River: Actions for Today and Tomorrow” — Brook McDonald, president and CEO, The Conservation Foundation

SOURCE: The Conservation Foundation news release

About the Conservation Foundation

The Conservation Foundation’s mission is to improve the health of our communities by preserving and restoring natural areas and open space, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of our environment. Find out more at theconservationfoundation.org.

About the River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles

The River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles supports and advocates for projects that will enhance the downtown riverfront environment as a destination for cultural, educational, recreational, and economic opportunities that are accessible to all. Find out more at stcrivercorridor.org.

About the St. Charles Park District

The St. Charles Park District’s mission is to enrich the quality of life of Park District residents through excellence in programs, parks, facilities, and services. Find out more at stcparks.org.