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!

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.


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!


Kansas River Cleanup

Kansas River Cleanup in partnership with The Nature Conservancy!

Date:  Saturday, April 1, 2017

Meet:  8th Street Boat Ramp, Lawrence, KS

Time:  9:00 am to Noon

Come join Friends of the Kaw and The Nature Conservancy to do a litter pickup along the Kansas River in downtown Lawrence! We need to get the trash picked up before the spring rains come and float them down the river….so join us for a day to clean up the community. Meet at the 8th Street Boat Ramp and we will divide into two groups to conquer each side of the river – north levee at Bowersock and the south bank below Springhill Suites.

Wear old clothes, sturdy shoes for walking on rocks and weather appropriate gear. Bring a water bottle….we will have a refillable water jug as well as snacks! Children are welcome with an adult.

Contact Dawn Buehler at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org or call 785.312.7200 for more information!

Thank you!


Thank you to everyone that came out to our 2nd Annual Paddle Assistant Workshop!  We learned a lot and made some new friends !  Be sure to email the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org if you want to be a Paddle Assistant this season on the river!

Paddle Workshop



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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 friendsofthekaw@gmail.com 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 friendsofthekaw@gmail.com 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.


Manhattan Town Center Community Fair

Manhattan Town Center Community Fair

Come see Friends of the Kaw at the Manhattan Community Fair on Saturday, February 4 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Manhattan Town Center!  We hope to see you there!

Manhattan Comm Fair

Kaw Valley Eagles Day 2017!

Kaw Valley Eagles Day 2017! 

Come see Friends of the Kaw and join the fun at the 21st Annual Kaw Valley Eagles Day on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.  Admission is free….located at FREE STATE HIGH SCHOOL, 4700 Overland Drive, Lawrence, Kansas.  See you there!

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