Volunteer Opportunities

Are You Interested in Becoming a Volunteer with Friends of the KAW?

We are looking to create a list of folks that are interested in volunteer work with Friends of the Kaw – if you would like to be included on an e-mail distribution list please email the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org. We will send out an email periodically when we have volunteer opportunities and you can choose if, when and how you would like to help Friends of the Kaw!

In the meantime, while we are working on that list, we have several opportunities for involvement and could use some volunteer assistance. Please see opportunities below.

Booth Volunteers Needed:

Topeka Gives – Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Located inside Fairlawn Plaza Mall – 21st and Fairlawn. We could use a few volunteers throughout the day to help us talk to folks and take donations to Friends of the Kaw!

Boulevardia – Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 11am to 5pm and Sunday, June 21, 2015 from 12 to 5pm. Located in the historic West Bottoms, Kansas City! We need folks to help us talk about Friends of the Kaw!

Paddlers Needed – 4 to 6 per event – Locations tentative:

Wednesday, June 10 from 12:30 to 3:00pm at either Kill Creek Lake or Lake Lenexa – Lawrence Girls and Boys Club

Wednesday, June 17 from 12:30 to 3:00pm at either Kill Creek Lake or Lake Lenexa – Lawrence Girls and Boys Club

Wednesday, July 1 from 9am to 1pm at either Wyandotte County Lake or Lake Lenexa – Wy Co Girls and Boys Club

Wednesday, July 8 from 9am to 1pm at Lake Lenexa – KCMO Boys and Girls Club

Wednesday, July 22 from 9am to 1pm at Lake Shawnee, in Topeka – Topeka Girls and Boys Club

Wednesday, July 29 from 9am to 1pm at Lake Shawnee, in Topeka – Topeka Girls and Boys Club

*We are also asking for Float Assistants for our float trips…if you are an experienced paddlers and you have your own kayak…and you are interested in floating with Friends of the Kaw…please email the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org for details! Our float schedule is on our website at www.kansasriver.org

Cleanup Float and Float Schedule

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO CANOE OR KAYAK THE KANSAS RIVER….
BUT NEED SOME HELP?

We have several cleanup floats scheduled including one this coming Saturday, May 9, 2015!  See our most current schedule below…

When you join our cleanup float, you will help us pick up trash in the Kansas River and on sandbars. We will set you up with a canoe or kayak, life jacket, paddle and a full crew of experienced paddlers and guides to help you learn as you go!  We will also stop on a sandbar and enjoy a hotdog and marshmellow roast!  So take a look at your calendar…and email Dawn Buehler, the Kansas Riverkeeper to sign up!  We have a limit for each float, so hurry and RSVP!

FOK Float Schedule

Friends of the Kaw has lots of opportunities to get on the river this spring and summer.  Many of the floats are paid for by grants so boat rental is free on a first come, first serve basis - participants must RSVP.  For educational floats scheduled by specific groups, any boats not used are available for the public to rent. RSVPs can be made two weeks before the float date.  Folks with there own boats are welcome to join any float but should RSVP to Dawn (our new Kansas Riverkeeper) in case there are last minute changes.

Saturday, May 9  from Cedar Creek to Edwardsville from 8:30am to 4pm. We will provide 5 canoes and 5 double kayaks at no cost on a first come, first serve basis but participants MUST RSVP with Dawn or at 785 312 7200. This is an activity of our Johnson County Stormwater Grant.

Saturday, May 30 - Konza Rotary Float in the Manhattan area from 10am to 4pm. We will make the decision to float either Ogden to Manhattan, Manhattan to St. George or St. George to Wamego two days before the float depending on the predicited wind conditions. Contact Dawn to inquire about available boats for this float after May 16 or for more information.

Sunday, May 31 – Eudora Community Float!  Details coming soon…so stay posted and mark your calendar!

Saturday, June 6 - Cleanup Float from De Soto to Cedar Creek from 10am to 2:30pm.
We will provide 5 canoes and 5 double kayaks at no cost on a first come, first serve basis but participants MUST RSVP with Dawn or at 785 312 7200. This is an activity of our Johnson County Stormwater Grant.

Sunday, June 7 - Shawnee Mission Unitarian Fellowship float from De Soto to Cedar Creek from 1 to 5pm.  Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after May 24 or for more information.

Saturday, June 20 (Rescheduled) - Cleanup Float from Lawrence to Eudora from 10:00 am to 4:00pm.  Meet at the 8th Street Access Ramp. We will provide 5 canoes and 5 double kayaks at no cost on a first come, first serve basis but participants MUST RSVP with Dawn or at 785 312 7200. We will provide transportation to take participants back to Lawrence after the float. This is an activity of our Douglas County Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant.

Friday, July 3 - Mennonite Conference float from De Soto to Cedar Creek from 2 to 5:30pm. Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after June 19 or for more information.

Saturday, July 11 - Cleanup Float from De Soto to Cedar Creek from 10am to 2:30pm.
We will provide 5 canoes and 5 double kayaks at no cost on a first come first serve basis but participants MUST RSVP with Dawn or at 785 312 7200. This is an activity of our Johnson County Stormwater Grant.

 

THANK YOU FOR COMING OUT TO THE WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL!

We hope that you enjoyed the festival this year!  It was a pleasure to meet all of you and we hope that you will join us on an upcoming float, choose to volunteer or become a member – however you wish to be involved with Friends of the Kaw…we would love to have you join our team!

Congratulations to Jeannie Hawley – the big winner of the Kayak giveaway on Friday night!  Jeannie was thrilled and very surprised to win the kayak. Best wishes in your new journey with the kayak!

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