Join us in our work for the Kansas River by donating to Friends of the Kaw this #GivingTuesday!

Donate here: https://tinyurl.com/yc3sqm2u

#GivingTuesday refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the holiday season.

This #GivingTuesday, please consider giving to Friends of the Kaw. When you donate, we will work to:

• Advocate for the Kansas River and its environs.
• Protect the Kansas River and its water quality, including a drinking water source for over 800,000 Kansans.
• Discover the Kansas River by promoting recreation on the Kansas River Water Trail.
• Cleanup the Kansas River every chance we get!
Please join us – we need your support! Together, let’s protect this Kansas treasure.

#GivingTuesday #kansasriver

Friends of the Kaw – Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Friends of the Kaw Announces NEW Dates for Wild & Scenic Film Festival for the 10 Year Anniversary!

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), in 2003.  The film festival has evolved into the largest environmental film festival in the nation.  The annual event each January in Nevada City, CA kicks off the nationwide tour to over 140 cities. We think the films are just too good, and the messages too powerful to keep them to ourselves. Come watch and see for yourself!

This Festival benefits Friends of the Kaw! We are hosting the 10th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and all proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of the Kaw and the Kansas Riverkeeper Program.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019  @ 7:00 PM

K-State Union (Forum Hall)
918 N. 17th Street
Manhattan, KS 66506

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 7:00 PM


5724 136th Terr.
Overland Park, KS

Friday, March 1, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

Liberty Hall
644 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Learn more about the Wild & Scenic Film Festival


Sowing Seeds – Restoration at Lawrence River Trail

Sowing Seeds –

Restoration at Lawrence River Trail

It’s finally time to spread seeds over the reclaimed areas of the Lawrence River Trail. Thanks to our volunteers, we’ve cleared the invasive species from over 4 acres of forest this fall! Now, we need to fill those spaces with the seeds of native grasses and wildflowers. With your help, we’ll disperse the seeds and rake them gently into the soil. They’ll rest all winter and sprout in the spring, helping to protect those areas from re-invasion. Please join us for this heart-warming work. It’s low tech and all ages are welcome! If you have a rake, bring it. We’ll bring the rest. Dress appropriately for working outside – close toed shoes are a must! Note: Given the season, please join our volunteer email list to stay up to date on the schedule for this event. If we have to cancel, we’ll email that group. We’ll also keep this page up to date. Meeting location: https://goo.gl/maps/624Eb7qwXS82
Thank you for joining us to protect and preserve the Kansas River! We hope to use this project as a demonstration of how we can use native plants to protect the water quality of the Kansas River, which is a source of drinking water for over 800,000 Kansans! Thank you to the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council for funding this project!

Grateful for Your Support!

Grateful for Your Support!


Thank you to our members, friends and colleagues for making BEERS OF THE KAW 2018 a SELL OUT and a success for the Kansas River!  Join us in also thanking the beer vendors of the Kansas River Watershed, food vendors, and our sponsors that make it all happen!  Thank you – and mark your calendars for November 3, 2019!  

Beers of the Kaw 2018


Sunday, November 4, 2018

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Abe & Jake’s Landing

Lawrence, KS

Supporting FrienBeers of the Kaw - BEERds of the Kaw, our Riverkeeper Program and our work for the Kansas River!  Tickets on sale NOW:




We are hiring at Part-Time Development Director!

We are hiring a part-time Development Director!

Friends of the Kaw – Development Director

October 1, 2018

Friends of the Kaw (FOK), a 501(c)(3) organization, is seeking an ambitious individual with strong interpersonal skills to help grow our organization’s capacity to advocate for and protect the Kansas River. This individual will establish a development plan and lead the organization’s fundraising activities and will report directly to the Kansas Riverkeeper & Executive Director.


The position will develop and oversee the fundraising program to secure the long-term financial future of FOK and the Kansas Riverkeeper program. In that capacity, the individual will:

  • Assist Kansas Riverkeeper and the Board of Directors to establish a development plan and strategy for the organization in relation to fundraising
  • Collaborate with the Riverkeeper and the Board on the management and planning of fundraising and membership events
  • Collaborate with the Riverkeeper and the Board to identify prospective individual and corporate donors and develop and execute strategies to establish and cultivate those relationships
  • Maintain ongoing communications with private and corporate donors to increase engagement and appreciation of FOK’s mission
  • Ensure timely and accurate report and gift acknowledgement deliveries to funders
  • Design and implement strategies for fundraising with individuals and organizations (matching funds, buckets of funds, estate giving)


  • Proven interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and concisely (both in writing and orally) with a variety of audiences
  • Personal characteristics associated with successful fundraising professionals, including a vigorous work ethic, sound judgment, impeccable integrity, demonstrated initiative, intellectual curiosity, personal and professional stamina, and the temperament to work effectively and productively with colleagues, donors, and volunteers
  • Experience with and commitment to using computer-based donor/member management systems in support of fundraising efforts
  • Experience working with non-profit boards is a plus
  • Passion for the Kansas River a big plus!

The position is part time with potential growth to full time.  Some night and weekend work will be required, particularly during membership and fundraiser events, so schedule flexibility is required.  The candidate must have a personal computer, phone, and transportation available for business use, with the expectation of a negotiated stipend towards these costs. Salary offered will be commensurate with experience.

Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter to info@kansasriver.org. Please include “Development Director” in the subject line of your application package. All questions or inquiries should also be sent to info@kansasriver.org with a different subject line. 

Review of applications will begin 31 October 2018, but will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Anticipated start date is negotiable, but the ideal candidate will be available to start working by January 2019.

Kansas Riverbank Project – Volunteer Work Days Announced

Kansas Riverbank Project – Volunteer Work Days Announced


Sign Up for Volunteer Work Days for our Kansas Riverbank Restoration Project!

Sign up for volunteer work days here:  Volunteer Work Days Fall 2018

Contact us at riverbank@kansasriver.org for questions or to bring a group!

Location for work days:  https://goo.gl/maps/wJDT8dfyQd62

September 15, 2018 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am

October 4, 2018 from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

October 21, 2018 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

October 27, 2018 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

November 1, 2018 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

November 10, 2018 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am

November 18, 2018 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm


Learn more Here!  Sign up for our volunteer event email!


2018 Douglas County Natural & Cultural Heritage Grant




LAWRENCE, KS (June 27, 2018) – Friends of the Kaw is pleased to announce it has been awarded the 2018 Douglas County Natural & Cultural Heritage Grant for its project “Protecting the Watershed of Douglas County through History, Education and Action”.

“Despite many successes in restoring the Kaw, the most neglected piece of the Kansas River’s ecosystem is the connection between the riparian buffer and the water quality of the river”, said Dawn Buehler, Kansas Riverkeeper with Friends of the Kaw.  “The riparian buffer is the last line of defense to filter out pollutants.”

Along with our partners, including local ecologist Courtney Masterson, the work will include removing invasive plants and then planting natives using history as a guide on Kansas Riverfront property owned by the City of Lawrence and managed by Lawrence Parks & Recreation and the Lawrence Mountain Biking Club. Tree saplings will be provided by Kansas Forest Service and the project will include a kiosk to be designed by Westar Energy’s Green Team to educate about the effectiveness of native plants and their benefit to water quality in the Kansas River.

In combination with this project, the team will involve the residents of Douglas County by hosting community educational paddle trips on the Kansas River to discuss the importance of riparian buffers to water quality, as well as bring Friends of the Kaw’s program Kids About Water (KAW) to schools in the county.  The KAW Project is a five-lesson water quality issues and actions curriculum that targets students in grades 6-12. Each lesson is aligned with the Kansas Next Generation Science Standards.  The community has the opportunity to be engaged and involved in the restoration process through hands-on volunteer opportunities. The work days will be educational and open to the public, allowing for transparency and communication throughout the project.

Project Partners:  Courtney Masterson, Botanist and Ecologist with Native Lands, LLC, City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation, Lawrence Mountain Bike Club, Westar Energy’s Green Team, and the Kansas Forest Service.

Thank you to the Heritage Conservation Council of Douglas County for the funding and support for this important project to restore the riparian and protect the Kansas River.


For over 27 years, Friends of the Kaw has been the only non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Kansas River.  Our mission is to advocate, promote, educate and engage the Kansas River.

Protect. Advocate. Discover.  #Kansas River.

For Media Inquiries Please Contact:
Dawn Buehler
Kansas Riverkeeper
Friends of the Kaw

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DeSoto Boat Ramp – 4th of July Closure

DeSoto Boat Ramp – 4th of July Closure

Please make note the DeSoto boat ramp at Riverfest will close on Tuesday evening, July 3rd, at 9:00 p.m. for Wald Fireworks to begin their display set up for the City’s annual 4th of July at Riverfest. The boat ramp will reopen on Thursday, July 5th, at 8:00 a.m. Please share this with your family and friends who use the boat ramp.

FOK Cleanup Begins with Manhattan Battery Casings

FOK Cleanup begins in Manhattan with Battery Cases scatter on the sandbars from Manhattan to St. George on the Kansas River

1000 lbs. of battery cases made from rubber…scattered on sandbars from Manhattan to St. George…picked up via canoe and hauled them out….we started the cleanup that will take more trips, but Saturday, June 2, 2018 we put a dent in it with 12 of our Kaw River Guides and volunteers! Please join me us thanking these folks for giving up their Saturday to cleanup our Kansas River!  Stay tuned as we schedule more of these cleanups!

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