Re-Opening: Spring Events Announced!

Re-Opening: Spring Events Announced!

Friends…the last few months have been challenging for everyone not just in Kansas, but around the world.  We are finding new ways to keep moving forward,  In the spirit of this, we have developed some events in May & June 2020 with some new FOK COVID-19 Guidelines.  You can read the Friends of the Kaw COVID-19 Guidelines HERE.

Spring is here!

Spring is here!

We hope to see you all this spring, summer and fall and help you find a way to connect to the Kansas River! Our calendar is full and we will have sign-ups soon. Check out what we have planned on our CALENDAR

Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2020

Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2020

Watch the trailer!

Join us for our 11th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival! 4 Cities, 4 Nights, 1 Inspiring Film Festival! Tickets on sale now:

River Protector Endowment Campaign

River Protector Endowment Campaign

Choose your favorite section, become a River Protector!
173 Miles from Junction City to Kansas City

Friends of the Kaw along with our Board of Directors and Staff, are proud to announce our RIVER PROTECTOR CAMPAIGN! 

The Friends of the Kaw Endowment Fund was created in 2003 by the Board of Directors with generous donations from our members and supporters and we’ve already raised almost a third of our goal. 

Friends of the Kaw’s goal for the Endowment Fund is to provide long term sustainability of the organization and use the interest from it to provide for the KANSAS RIVERKEEPER position forever, for the Kansas River. 

Join our RIVER PROTECTOR PROGRAM to protect and preserve the Kansas River forever by “adopting” your favorite stretch of the river.  Give anonymously or be recognized on our donor roll as a River Protector.

A one-time $1,000 per-mile donation to the Endowment Fund allows you to “adopt” a one-mile stretch of the Kansas River. 

You can learn more today at BEERS OF THE KAW, or contact our Development Director, Mike Norris, or our Executive Director, Dawn Buehler, to learn more. 

Mike Norris, Development Director

Friends of the Kaw

P.O. Box 1612, Lawrence, KS 66044

PH: 785.917.3869 or

It’s time to make a difference.

Join us to protect the Kansas River–Forever.

BEERS OF THE KAW!  Online Tickets

 Join us for our 4th Annual


Sunday, November 3, 2019

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Abe & Jake’s Landing

Lawrence, KS

Supporting Friends of the Kaw, our Riverkeeper Program and our work for the Kansas River! 

Tickets are on sale NOW! 

You can purchase your tickets ONLINE,  or from our friends at Sunflower Outdoor & Bike in downtown Lawrence or at Compass Point, home of the Dirty Girl Adventures in NOTO in Topeka

Tickets have sold out the last 3 years, thanks to our supportive friends!  Get your tickets today….and join us to toast the Kansas River!   

4th of July – De Soto Ramp Closed on Kansas River

Our Team


Team Meeting as we kick off our 2019 crazy and fun-filled schedule!

Here’s a glimpse of what’s ahead this year…..

19 Educational River Trips 
7 River Cleanups
16 Kids About Water Education Classes
7 Boys & Girls Club Paddle Experiences
12 Riverbank Restoration Work Days…..
and much more!

We have a full program and a great TEAM to lead our journey for the Kansas River!

(Pictured L-R) Back Row: Dawn Buehler, Kansas Riverkeeper & Executive Director; Laura. Calwell, Education Director,; Mike Norris, Development Director; Front row: Brian Schath, Intern Programs; and Denise Kidder, Education Specialist.

Come join us.
Protect. Advocate. Discover.


Kansas River Cleanup



Celebrate Earth Month by giving back to the Kansas River! Join The Nature Conservancy, Friends of the Kaw and the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association on Saturday April 27 to pick up litter along the river in Lawrence.

We’ll meet at the 8th Street boat ramp in north Lawrence and spread out from there.

Let us know you’re coming! RSVP at



LAWRENCE, KS (March 19, 2019) – Friends of the Kaw is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant from the MDRT Foundation through their Worldwide Grant Program.  This grant is awarded to assist Friends of the Kaw with the project “The Great River Cleanup:  Recover & Restore the Kaw”.

“We have worked for over 20 years to cleanup the Kaw and some of our biggest challenges lie ahead”, said Dawn Buehler, Kansas Riverkeeper and Executive Director with Friends of the Kaw.  “We continue to cleanup tires, old boats and battery cases all along the Kansas River”.

The cleanup projects will be started in 2019 and we plan to engage our robust volunteer force to assist with the projects.  Local communities, volunteers, fisherfolk, kayakers, and river enthusiasts all come together to keep our river clean.  We appreciate the assistance from the MDRT Foundation to fund this important work for the health of the Kansas River.

Kansas businessman, Duayne Madl, a member of the Million Dollar Round Table organization, sponsored the grant application and award.

About MRDT Foundation:

The MDRT Foundation is the charitable arm of the Million Dollar Round Table, The Premier Association of Financial Professionals. The MDRT Foundation helps MDRT members maximize their philanthropic efforts in their own communities and worldwide. The mission of the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation is to increase member and industry participation and to give funds to worthwhile charitable organizations throughout the world.


Friends of the Kaw is 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. 

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