Sandbar Blast to Celebrate 30 Years of Friends of the Kaw!

Sandbar Blast to Celebrate 30 Years of Friends of the Kaw!

Join Friends of the Kaw to celebrate 30 Years of protecting the Kansas River!

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Come join us for a Sandbar Blast! Wear your flip flops, casual river wear and join us for an afternoon of celebration on a Kansas River sandbar at Kaw River State Park in Topeka (pending river cooperation)! If the river is too high, we will be on land – same location at Kaw River State Park! This is a fundraiser, so thank you for your donation to our work to protect the Kansas River!

Enjoy the reunion with current and past FOK staff, board and friends. We will host the first screening of our 30 Year Anniversary documentary near sundown, enjoy food on the sandbar, local beer and music from Tricia Spencer & Howard Rains! You won’t want to miss it!

Ticket price includes entrance to the event, food, non-alcoholic beverages and a donation to Friends of the Kaw. Beer can be purchased on site. Ticket + SWAG + Donation include Friends of the Kaw Truck Hat, 30 Year Sticker, and a wildlife bandana designed by Lisa Grossman!

Children are welcome, however, if they are under age 12 they must wear a life jacket on the sandbar at all times.

Portable restrooms will be provided. BYOW (whatever you want) is welcome! No refund on tickets issued as this is a fundraiser.

It’s the most perfect time of year to get outside!


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2021 VIRTUAL Wild & Scenic Film Festival


Friday, February 26, 2021

Virtual Lobby Opens at 6:30 p.m., Films begin at 7:00 p.m.

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This year’s festival will be virtual, so you can watch right from your living room! This Festival benefits Friends of the Kaw!

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FREE Education Tickets, first come first serve.  Email request for FREE tickets to:  Courtesy of EVERGY’S GREEN TEAM!