THE SMITHSONIAN WATER/WAYS EXHIBIT at EUDORA!

THE SMITHSONIAN WATER/WAYS EXHIBIT
at EUDORA!

COME JOIN US AT THE OPENING of the SMITHSONIAN WATER/WAYS EXHIBIT at EUDORA!

Join us for the dedication and Grand-Opening Ceremonies celebrating the arrival of the traveling Smithsonian Museum’s “Water/Ways” exhibit at the Eudora Community.

Saturday June 24th at 11:00am

Eudora Community Museum at 720 Main St., Eudora, KS.

From the Eudora Area Historical Society:

Please join us for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, short speeches, the first tours of the “Water/Ways” exhibit on our newly rehabilitated 2nd story, and free refreshments. This will be the first time our new addition and second story are open to the public. Eudora has never had an opportunity like this before, you don’t want to miss seeing the Smithsonian in Eudora! If you can’t make the grand opening event, the exhibit will be at the museum until August 6th. The museum will be open Tues.-Sun. from 10am to 5pm.

“Water/Ways” focuses on the numerous relationships between people and water. How has water shaped our history and traditions? How does it impact our daily life? What does the future hold for water? We have also develop a companion exhibit to “Water/Ways” that relates to the history of water and Eudora. The companion exhibit will have a focus on the Kansas River in Eudora and the devastating 1951 Flood.

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The Merc Co+op’s Change for our Community Program

FOK is the Change Recipient of

The Merc Co+op’s Change for our Community Program in June!

Thank you to all that have visited The MERC and rounded up to FOK and the Kansas River!  

Friends of the Kaw is honored to be the Change Recipient of the The Merc Co+op‘s Change for our Community Program that gives shoppers the opportunity to donate their pocket change to local community organizations each time they shop. Each month, The Merc Co+op chooses a different Change recipient and all donations collected that month go to that specific organization.

Friends of the Kaw is the month of JUNE! Please support The Merc, Lawrence’s cooperative, community-owned grocery store and round up for FOK!  Learn more here:  http://www.themerc.coop/donations

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FOK and LL Bean Partnership Events

FOK AND LL BEAN PARTNERSHIP EVENTS

 

TURNER BOAT RAMP CLEANUP IN
PARTNERSHIP WITH LL BEAN

Come and visit with YOUR Kansas Riverkeeper on Thursday, June 22nd at 6:00 PM at the LL Bean Store located at 4401 W 119th St, Leawood, Kansas and learn about the Kansas River!  Then…..

JOIN US…..LL Bean and FOK to do a river cleanup project at the Turner Boat Ramp! Wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate gear. Bring a water bottle. We will provide gloves, trash bags and recycle bags!

LL BEAN

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De Soto Boat Ramp – 4th of July Holiday

DE SOTO BOAT RAMP
4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY

The City has begun preparations for the annual 4th of July at Riverfest fireworks event on Tuesday, July 4th! Please note the Kansas River boat ramp access at Riverfest will be CLOSED from 6:00 pm on Monday, July 3rd, until 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 5th, for the fireworks staging area. Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to seeing you at Riverfest for a fun night of food and craft vendors, the Good Sam Club Band, and another terrific night of the City’s fireworks display.

Sustainable Rivers Program!

The Kansas River has been accepted into
The Sustainable Rivers Program!

FOK friends…..we have a really wonderful thing to tell you…..

Friends of the Kaw has signed on as a partner and is pleased to announce that the Kansas River has officially been accepted into the Sustainable Rivers Program!

The Sustainable Rivers Program is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and The Nature Conservancy partnership. It represents an ongoing effort to reoperate Corps dams to achieve more ecologically sustainable flows, while maintaining or enhancing project benefits. The project is being carried out under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Corps and the Conservancy.

Work will begin this summer to start the literature review and to start to understand historical flows on the Kansas River. Together, with partners all along the river, we will all work to bring the river to a healthier place that meets the needs of the communities. Won’t you please join us in congratulating the Kansas River on acceptance in this very important program? We held a kick off meeting recently and this group came together – representing agencies, non-profits, industry, etc. to discuss the program. This is a long term project that could take years to accomplish….but we hope to see some benefits to the river system within the next decade!

We are thrilled to be a part of this great project for our river – thank you to The Nature Conservancy in Kansas and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters! Stay tuned as we move ahead….we will keep you posted!

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The Merc Co+Op’s Change for our Community Program in June!

The Merc Co+Op’s Change for our Community Program in June!

FOK is the Change Recipient of
The Merc Co+op’s Change for our Community Program in June!

 
Guess what’s coming in June? Friends of the Kaw is honored to be the Change Recipient of the The Merc Co+op‘s Change for our Community Program that gives shoppers the opportunity to donate their pocket change to local community organizations each time they shop. Each month, The Merc Co+op chooses a different Change recipient and all donations collected that month go to that specific organization.

Friends of the Kaw is the month of JUNE! Please support The Merc, Lawrence’s cooperative, community-owned grocery store and round up for FOK!  Learn more here:  http://www.themerc.coop/donations

Winesong at Riverfest 2017!

Winesong at Riverfest 2017!

Come and join FOK to support the DeSoto Rotary’s Event
WINESONG AT RIVERFEST 2017

This event has sold out in the past, so get your tickets!
This SATURDAY JUNE 3RD is the event! 

Buy tickets:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2881586
*Get your tickets today….this event has sold out before!

Friends of the Kaw has been a past recipient of this fun event that benefits local organizations and programs.

Sample, buy and enjoy Kansas wines from wineries from throughout Kansas.

Enjoy music and complimentary appetizers.

View and purchase work from selected local artists.

The De Soto Rotary Club began Winesong at Riverfest in 2012 as it’s signature fund raising event. The De Soto Rotary Club supports many local, regional, and international projects.

FOK will be there – be sure to stop and see us!

Check out the website:  http://www.winesongatriverfest.com

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Kansas River Inventory

Kansas River Inventory

 

We are excited to announce that we received a grant from REI to work on the River Inventory this summer! We will be paddling the entire 173 mile long river to record data about the river to use in our work. Our summer intern, Tracey, and I will be doing the entire thing! What a great summer this will be!
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Meet our Summer Intern!

Meet our Summer Intern!

 

Hello, my name is Tracey Funk and I can’t wait to be working with you all this summer. I am a rising junior at KU working towards a B.S. in Ecology. In the long run, I’m hoping to continue on the academic track within the field of river ecology or restoration. At KU I’ve done my best to stay involved in multiple activities, including working in Dr. James Thorp’s river ecology lab, playing trumpet in the Marching Jayhawks, and being on the executive board for my Scholarship Hall. Last summer I interned with the Education Department at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center, and I’m looking forward to continuing working with public outreach and education with Friends of the Kaw this summer.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Eighth Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Get your tickets now!

Friends of the Kaw is hosting the eighth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Thursday, May 4th and Friday, May 5th. All proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of the Kaw and the Kansas Riverkeeper.

The event will feature lots of door prizes and a raffle for a stand-up paddle board!

Visit the Wild & Scenic event page to learn more about the films being shown, the raffle, how to get free tickets for students, and to purchase tickets.

See you there!

W&S