4th of July, Astronomy & Wine

4th of July Boat Ramp Updates

DeSoto Boat Ramp update from the City of De Soto:  We are gearing up for the City’s annual 4th of July at Riverfest event with the band, vendors, and fireworks show on the evening of July 4th.  The boat ramp at De Soto’s Riverfest Park will be closed from 6:00 p.m. on the evening of July 4th, until 6:00 a.m. on the morning of July 5th.  Due to the fireworks setup and the perimeter that must be maintained, the boat ramp must stay closed as no one will be able to enter or exit during that time frame.

Cedar Creek Boat Ramp update from Johnson County Parks & Recreation:  This boat ramp will be closed Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4.

Come join us again this year for

ASTRONOMY & WINE

Tickets on sale now….two showings this year!

Friday, October 7 & Saturday, October 8

The evening begins at 7:00 pm both nights. Tickets are $50 per person and proceeds benefit the Kansas River!  

Come and enjoy an evening under the stars at Middle Creek Winery!   Enjoy a tour of the night sky with one of the largest private telescopes in Kansas by Dan Johnson.  Dan has been a volunteer instructor at Kansas City’s Powell Observatory for over 20 years.   Purchase your tickets online via our paypal account!  Contact the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org or call 785.312.7200.




Astronomy & Wine

Riverfront Cleanup Project – SUCCESS

Volunteers worked Saturday morning, June 25th, to clean up the river banks in Lawrence below Springhill Suites. Volunteers collected:

18 bags of trash and 23 bags of recyclables including plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass bottles, cardboard, metal, wire, an old used cemented wheelbarrow, a backpack, clothing, a styrofoam minnow bucket, and many other things.

Thank you to all who took the time out of their Saturday to come down and help keep our river clean! And a special thank you to Cale Ruiz for the volunteering his talents to take photos!

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Ready to Paddle the Kaw?  

See if one of these events will work for you!  

  • Sunday, July 10 – Kansas River Cleanup Paddle from DeSoto to Cedar Creek, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This event is FREE and paid for by our Johnson County Stormwater Grant!  You must RSVP to the Riverkeeper:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  First come, first serve – 16 spots available! THIS IS ONE SPOT AWAY FROM A SELL OUT!  You can still join us if you have your own kayak or canoe!
  • Saturday, July 16 – Little Apple Paddle from Manhattan to St. George, times TBD. Contact Marcia Rozell to reserve your spot…. 785-537-3030 marcia@manhattan.org.
  • Sunday, July 24 – Kansas River Cleanup Paddle from DeSoto to Cedar Creek, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This event is FREE and paid for by our Johnson County Stormwater Grant!  You must RSVP to the Riverkeeper:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  First come, first serve – 16 spots available!
  • Saturday, July 30 – Lawrence Greenwish Group! Come join us for a paddle on the Kaw from Lecompton to Lawrence from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  We ask for a $30 donation for a paddle spot, kids in the middle of a canoe ride free!  RSVP to the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  We must have 16 paddlers reserved to have the trip!  Sign up today!
  • Saturday, August 6 – Water Matter’s Day in Manhattan at the city pool!
  • Saturday, August 20 – Koehler Group! Come join us for a paddle on the Kaw from Lawrence to Eudora from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.  We ask for a $30 donation for a paddle spot, kids in the middle of a canoe ride free!  RSVP to the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  Contact Riverkeeper:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org to see if there are spots available 2 weeks prior to date.
  • Saturday, August 27 – Let’s Paddle the Kaw! Come join us for a paddle on the Kaw from DeSoto to Cedar Creek from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  We ask for a $30 donation for a paddle spot, kids in the middle of a canoe ride free!  RSVP to the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  We must have 16 paddlers reserved to have the trip!  Sign up today!
  • Saturday, September 10 – Jayhawk Audubon Society! Come join us for a paddle on the Kaw from Lecompton to Lawrence from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Contact Riverkeeper:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org to see if there are spots available 2 weeks prior to date.
  • Saturday, September 17 – Homes to Watershed Paddle! Details to come!
  • Saturday, September 24 – Great KAW Adventure Race! All day event of running, biking and paddling the KAW!  Event is from Eudora to DeSoto and back….mark you calendar!
  • Saturday, October 1 – UMKC Geology Class Paddle Trip from DeSoto to Cedar Creek, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Contact Riverkeeper:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org to see if there are spots available 2 weeks prior to date.
  • Sunday, October 2 – SMUUCH Paddle Trip from DeSoto to Cedar Creek, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Contact Riverkeeper:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org to see if there are spots available 2 weeks prior to date.
  • Astronomy & Wine is BACK!! Two dates this year….come join us Friday, October 7 or Saturday, October 8 for wine under the stars!  Tickets will go on sale July 1st!  Stay tuned for details!
  • Saturday, October 8 – Sierra Club! Come join us for a paddle on the Kaw from St. George to Wamego from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  We ask for a $30 donation for a paddle spot, kids in the middle of a canoe ride free!  RSVP to the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  We must have 16 paddlers reserved to have the trip!  Sign up today!
  • Saturday, October 15 – Let’s Paddle the Kaw! Come join us for a paddle on the Kaw from Wamego to Belvue from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  We ask for a $30 donation for a paddle spot, kids in the middle of a canoe ride free!  RSVP to the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  We must have 16 paddlers reserved to have the trip!  Sign up today!
  • Saturday, October 29 – Little Apple GLOW Paddle…details to come. Contact Marcia Rozell to reserve your spot…. 785-537-3030 marcia@manhattan.org.
  • Sunday, November 6 – “Beers of the Kaw”, a beer tasting event at Abe & Jake’s Landing, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm….save the date!

Come join us on all of our paddle trips if you have your own canoe or kayak….just RSVP with the Riverkeeper so you can learn about the logistics.   We will always kindly take a donation to help cover costs and further our work on the Kansas River!  For all of our paddle trips other than the FREE events, we ask for a $30 donation for a paddle spot.  Children in the middle of a canoe ride for free.  All money donated through our paddle programs benefits the Kansas River! 

For more information, call 785 312 7200 or visit our web site at www.kansasriver.org.  Must RSVP for paddle trips….email:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org for reservation.  Sign up for our newsletter on our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter under FRIENDS OF THE KAW.

We need volunteers like YOU for our Paddle Experiences with the

Boys & Girls Club!

Freedom Frontier Paddling Experiences with Boys & Girls Club:

These are paddling experiences that we do with the Boys & Girls Club.  We have 3 stations where the kids rotate.  One is to seine for macros, do freddie the fish activity, and then paddle in the canoes/kayaks.  For all dates we need some paddlers.  In this role you will be in a canoe or kayak with a young person and teach them how to boat around the lake.  We will need 4-5 helpers at each event.  Let me know if you can help with any of these great events! For all events, Dawn, Laura & Kate will be there.  Thanks!

 

Tuesday, July 12 – Independence Group (10:00 am to 1:30 pm) – shelter by the boat ramp at Lake Lenexa

Tuesday, July 19 – Independence Group (10:00 am to 1:30 pm) – shelter by the boat ramp at Lake Lenexa

Wednesday, July 20 – Manhattan Group (10:00 am to 1:30 pm) – Reserve Shelter 1 at Lake Shawnee

Tuesday, July 26 – KCK Group (10:00 am to 1:30 pm) – Beach Shelter at Wy Co Lake

Wednesday, July 27 – Olathe Group (10:00 am to 1:30 pm) – shelter by the boat ramp at Lake Lenexa

RSVP to the Riverkeeper at 785.312.7200 or email:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org!

Did you see that George Frazier’s new book is out? “The Last Wild Places of Kansas”….get your copy today! Lots of great information on Kansas outdoor adventures, including the Kansas River!

The Last Wild Places of Kansas is the first book since Dave Murphy’s Paddling Kansas to take a deep look into issues related to the rivers of Kansas. The book tells the almost scandalous story of the Meek vs. Hayes supreme court case which led to the strange situation where almost every Kansas river – except the Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas rivers and certain short stream segments above public reservoirs – are “renegade streams.” To legally float these streams, you need to get permission from every landowner on both sides for your entire float (in the book the author tries to do just that on the upper Marais de Cygnes). Luckily, our state’s riparian jewel, the Kaw, isn’t blacklisted.  The book chronicles a float of the upper Kaw during the flood of 2009 to retrace the footsteps of eccentric French explorer Etienne de Veniard Sieur de Bourgmont deep into the homeland of the Kansa tribe in 1724. It also tracks the resurgence of the Kaw in the last 20 years, including interviews with former river keeper Laura Calwell, legendary Kansas paddler T.J. Hittle, and many others.

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Topeka Gives and South Steps

Join us and celebrate charitable giving at

Topeka Gives!

Topeka Gives

The Topeka Community Foundation will provide $73,500.00 in “match” money for contributions made to support 158 different nonprofit organizations in the community, including our own Friends of the Kaw! This is a kid-friendly, hands-on event with activities for all.

Event date: Tuesday, June 7rd, 2016

Time: 7am – 6pm

Place: Inside Fairlawn Plaza Mall – 21st St & Fairlawn

For additional information, contact the Topeka Community Foundation at 785-272-4804

Stop by and see us!

South Steps on Friday!

Come by and see us at the Kansas State Capitol on Friday, June 10th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

June 10th Poster


We need volunteers like YOU for our Paddle Experiences with
the

Boys & Girls Club!

Freedom Frontier Paddling Experiences with Boys & Girls Club:

These are paddling experiences that we do with the Boys & Girls Club. We have 3 stations where the kids rotate. One is to seine for macros, do freddie the fish activity, and then paddle in the canoes/kayaks. For all dates we need some paddlers. In this role you will be in a canoe or kayak with a young person and teach them how to boat around the lake. We will need 4-5 helpers at each event. Let me know if you can help with any of these great events! For all events, Dawn, Laura & Kate will be there. Thanks!

Thursday, June 9 – Topeka Group (10:00 am to 1:30 pm) – Reserve Shelter 1 at Lake Shawnee

Thursday, June 16 – Topeka Group (10:00 am to 1:30 pm) – Reserve Shelter 1 at Lake Shawnee

Tuesday, June 28 – KCMO Group (10:00 am to 1:30 pm) – shelter by the boat ramp at Lake Lenexa

Wednesday, June 29 – Lawrence Group (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm) – shelter by the boat ramp at Lake Lenexa

Tuesday, July 12 – Independence Group (10:00 am to 1:30 pm) – shelter by the boat ramp at Lake Lenexa

Tuesday, July 19 – Independence Group (10:00 am to 1:30 pm) – shelter by the boat ramp at Lake Lenexa

Wednesday, July 20 – Manhattan Group (10:00 am to 1:30 pm) – Reserve Shelter 1 at Lake Shawnee

Tuesday, July 26 – KCK Group (10:00 am to 1:30 pm) – Beach Shelter at Wy Co Lake

Wednesday, July 27 – Olathe Group (10:00 am to 1:30 pm) – shelter by the boat ramp at Lake Lenexa

RSVP to the Riverkeeper at 785.312.7200 or email: riverkeeper@kansasriver.org!

FOK Receives Grants and Last Wild Places of Kansas Book

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Get your Wild & Scenic film festival tickets!

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The Kansas Riverkeeper and Friends of the Kaw are Proud to Host Patagonia’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival for a Seventh Year on Thursday, May 5 at 7:00pm at Cinetopia Theatre at Prairie Fire, 5724 West 136th Terrace, Overland Park, … [Continue reading]

Topeka Green Fair and Other Events

Join us this Saturday, April 16 at the Topeka Green Fair Stop by and see what we have going on this year!    MANHATTAN is the PLACE TO BE this weekend! Come see the Reel Paddle Film Festival, then join us for the Little Apple Paddle on … [Continue reading]

Community Events Opportunities

Join us for these Community Events sponsored by our Johnson County Stormwater Quality Education Grant! Two Streamway Trail Litter Pickups on Sunday, April 3, 2013 from 12 noon to 4pm: Little Cedar Creek Streamway Trail – Meet at Firestone … [Continue reading]

Kansas Water, Energy, Land and Food Forum

Join us at the Kansas Water, Energy, Land and Food Forum! Engage in advocacy at the Kansas State Capitol! We would like to invite you to join Friends of the Kaw and our partners as we enjoy this day at the Capitol. We will have a table with our … [Continue reading]

Water Testing and Kids About Water Classes

Water Testing and Training for Kids About Water classes for Argentine Middle School As part of Friends of the Kaw's EPA Environmental Justice Small Grant, we are holding a training for volunteers to help us with our Kids About Water (KAW) classes … [Continue reading]