A fundraiser for Friends of the Kaw and our work for the Kansas River

Beers Kaw

Sunday, November 6, 2016

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Abe & Jake’s Landing

Lawrence, Kansas

TICKETS ON SALE NOW ONLINE:  http://tinyurl.com/zn3glj

Come join us for our first annual BEERS OF THE KAW! This fun event is a beer tasting of the breweries of the Kansas River Watershed! Save the Date…you won’t want to miss this one! Event will be at the historic Abe & Jake’s Landing in downtown Lawrence on the Kansas River on Sunday, November 6 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM….the Chiefs game will be on the big screen….and the Riverkeeper will be on hand to talk about the watershed for anyone that wants to learn! Come join the fun….taste great local beer and support the Kansas River! 

Sending some river appreciation to this crew of FOK volunteers for their dedication to helping the Kansas River and the Great Kaw Adventure Race! We could not do this event without these volunteers….thank you!



Area Organizations to Host “Shared Stories of the Kansas Land” History Events

The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), in partnership with Friends of the Kaw, invites the public to attend “Shared Stories of the Kansas Land,” a series of five readers’ theater programs.

Created from historical letters, diaries, and newspaper articles, the programs highlight the relationship between Kansans and their shared environmental history, including the birth of agriculture, the 1930s Dust Bowl, mining and industry, the impact of dams, and Kansas water rights.

“The Kansas stories featured in the readers’ theater programs often come straight from the heart. They help provide real insight into how different generations of Kansans have viewed and valued stewardship of our natural resources. These programs will offer a great chance for discussions on where we go from here,” shared Julie Mulvihill, KHC’s executive director.

Thursday, September 29

7:00 PM

Friends of the Kaw, Burcham Park shelter

200 Indiana St., Lawrence

“Dam the Rivers!”

The events are free, open to the public, and are made possible by support from the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation.

As part of this great event…we need VOLUNTEERS to be READERS: 

The Dam the Rivers! readers’s theater script was created using excerpts from historical letters, reports, government documents, and newspaper articles. We are looking for 5 readers to read the script aloud in front of the small audience. You do not need to memorize the lines.

Following the reading, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the experiences of Kansans during these two major events and the role of government in times of natural disaster.

The Shared Stories of the Kansas Land script series is designed to be smart, engaging, and fun! We hope that you will participate as a reader at this unique event.  To sign up please call 785.312.7200 or email:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.

Come join us again this year for


Tickets on sale now….two showings this year!

Friday, October 7 & Saturday, October 8

The evening begins at 7:00 pm both nights. Tickets are $50 per person and proceeds benefit the Kansas River!  

Come and enjoy an evening under the stars at Middle Creek Winery!   Enjoy a tour of the night sky with one of the largest private telescopes in Kansas by Dan Johnson.  Dan has been a volunteer instructor at Kansas City’s Powell Observatory for over 20 years.   Purchase your tickets online via our paypal account!  Contact the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org or call 785.312.7200.

Astronomy & Wine - October 7

Astronomy & Wine - October 8


Astronomy & Wine


 Community Service Project Opportunity


Locations:  Edwardsville, Turner, Lawrence Riverfront, Lawrence 8th Street, and Eudora

Contact the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org or call 785.312.7200

Do you know a group that is interested in a community service project? We are looking for group volunteers to “Adopt-A-Boat Ramp” at 5 local Boat Ramps! We are looking for groups to adopt their local boat ramp in Edwardsville, Turner, Lawrence Riverfront, and Lawrence 8th Street.  The Eudora boat ramps has been adopted!

The Adopt-A-Boat Ramp program on the Kansas River is a voluntary program for civic-minded groups or businesses with an interest in keeping our navigable rivers litter-free. It is open to families, youth organizations, civic groups, non-profit organizations, churches, schools, social organizations, neighborhood groups, service organizations, retiree organizations, and city, county or state agencies. In exchange for your hard work, we will put up a sign that designates your group at the local adopter!

Contact the Riverkeeper, Dawn Buehler, at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org or call 785.312.7200 to learn more!

Adopt-A-Boat Ramp

Ready to Paddle the Kaw?  

See if one of these events will work for you!  

Come join us on all of our paddle trips if you have your own canoe or kayak….just RSVP with the Riverkeeper so you can learn about the logistics.   

  • Saturday, October 8 – Sierra Club! Come join us for a paddle on the Kaw from St. George to Wamego from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  We ask for a $30 donation for a paddle spot, kids in the middle of a canoe ride free!  RSVP to the Riverkeeper atriverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  Contact Riverkeeper:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.orgto see if there are spots available 2 weeks prior to date.
  • Saturday, October 15 – Boy Scout Tropp 255! Come join us for a paddle on the Kaw from Manhattan to St. George from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  We ask for a $30 donation for a paddle spot, kids in the middle of a canoe ride free!  RSVP to the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.
  • Sunday, October 16 – Kansas River Cleanup Paddle from Turner to Kaw Point, 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm.  This event is FREE and paid for by our Unified Government Stormwater Grant!  You must RSVP to the Riverkeeper: riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  First come, first serve – 16 spots available!
  • Saturday, October 29 – Little Apple GLOW Paddle. Contact Marcia Rozell to reserve your spot…. 785-537-3030 marcia@manhattan.org.
  • Come join us on all of our paddle trips if you have your own canoe or kayak….just RSVP with the Riverkeeper so you can learn about the logistics.   We will always kindly take a donation to help cover costs and further our work on the Kansas River!  For all of our paddle trips other than the FREE events, we ask for a $30 donation for a paddle spot.  Children in the middle of a canoe ride for free.  All money donated through our paddle programs benefits the Kansas River!
  • For more information, call 785 312 7200 or visit our web site at www.kansasriver.org.  Must RSVP for paddle trips….email:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org for reservation.  Sign up for our newsletter on our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter under FRIENDS OF THE KAW.

 The Kansas River

map-of-river The Kansas River (known locally as the Kaw) begins at the confluence of the Republican and Smoky Hill Rivers near Junction City. It flows 173 miles to Kansas City where it joins the Missouri River. The Kaw watershed drains almost the entire northern half of Kansas and part of Nebraska and Colorado (53,000 square miles). It is the world’s largest prairie based river system.