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 Come join us for the 2nd Annual Paddle Assistant Workshop! If you have your own kayak and want to join us as a Paddle Assistant on our Kansas River Paddle Trips, then come learn about how you volunteer, what we do and meet the crew!

Saturday, March 11, 2017
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Eudora Parks and Recreation
1630 Elm St, Eudora, KS 66025

Some of the things you can expect…..learn how to help us on the river, how to read the river, and this year we will have instruction on how to throw a rope and what to do when a boat tips in the river!

Admission is FREE….just a willingness to learn about how you can volunteer with FOK…and have fun!

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IMG_1507As part of our current Johnson County Stormwater Education Grant we are recruiting and training volunteers for three Stream Teams to test water in three tributary streams of the Kansas River.  We need 4 to 6 volunteers for each Stream Team and we tentatively plan to test the water quality of Turkey Creek, Mill Creek and Cedar Creek.  The training for the Stream Teams will be on Sunday, April 2 from 1:00 to 4:30pm at the Pickard Conference Room at the Johnson County Central Reserve Library at 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212.

The training workshop will be taught by our Educational staff and you will learn to perform non-chemical and chemical tests, and also the procedure to seine and identify macro invertebrates (insects that live in the water.) At 2:30 teams will travel to their test sites with an educational staff member and perform the water quality tests and record the results.  Teams will choose dates to meet again in May, June and July to perform the tests again and compare the results. Friends of the Kaw will provide all the testing equipment for the Stream Teams.  For more information or to reserve a spot for the training email Laura at or call 913 963 3460.




IMG_2117 (1)As part of Friends of the Kaw’s EPA Environmental Justice Small Grant, we are holding a training for volunteers to help us with future Kids About Water (KAW) classes on Tuesday, March 7 from 4:30 to 6pm in the 2nd floor conference room of the Bethany Medical Building at 21 N. 12th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. The workshop will be held before the monthly Kansas City Kansas NAACP meeting.

For more information or to make a reservation for the training or KAW class please call Laura Calwell, our Education Director, at 913 963 3460 or email to You will learn how to assist trained instructors help students do non-chemical and chemical tests, and also the procedure to seine and identify macro invertebrates (insects that live in the water.) Friends of the Kaw education staff will assist our high school interns from J.C. Harmon and Wyandotte High Schools (also a project sponsored by our EJ grant) train volunteers on March 7.


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