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FDR Events and Meeting Schedule

FDR Calendar 2017

Board Meetings and Locations
  • December 7th, 2016 - EIC
  • January 25th, 2017 - FDR
  • February 22nd, 2017 - EIC
  • March 22nd, 2017 - FDR
  • April 26th, 2017 - EIC
  • May 24th, 2017 - FDR
  • June 28th, 2017 - EIC
  • July 26th, 2017 - FDR
  • August 23rd, 2017 - EIC
  • October 25, 2017 - FDR
  • December 6th, 2017 - EIC

Other Events
  • Belle Isle Cleanup - April 22, 2017
  • Rouge River Water Festival - TBA
  • IWRA Fundraiser - May 20, 2017
  • Island Fest - June 2-4th, 2017
  • River Days - June 23-25, 2017
  • Trenton Summer Festival - June 23-25,2017
  • River Cruise - September 7, 2017
  • Pte. Mouillee Waterfowl Festival - September 16-17, 2017
  • Hawkfest - September 16-18, 2017
  • Detroit River Water Festival - October 19th, 2017 More Info - Be a Volunteer/Sponsor
  • Annual Meeting Dinner - October 5, 2017
  • Pips Painting Fundraiser - November 29, 2017
  • Holiday Party - December 14, 2017
  • Shiver on the River - February 3, 2018
  • Riverkeeper Dinner - April 7, 2018
  • River Clean-up - April 21, 2018

Shiver on the River

February 3, 2018

On the first Saturday in February each year, the Friends of the Detroit River hosts the Shiver on the River. The Shiver is a family oriented event, designed to bring people down to the river and to Belle Isle Park, and to educate people about the importance of the river and the need for effective stewardship of the river and its environs. The event is based at the historic Belle Isle Casino, and involves most of the venues on the island, including the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, the Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the Dossin Museum, the Detroit Yacht Club, the Detroit Boat Club, and the U.S. Coast Guard Station. There are environmental displays and children's activities at the Casino, an ice rescue (weather permitting) demonstration by the Coast Guard, and other attractions at the various island sites. It is a great opportunity to get outside in the winter and discover the many wonderful attractions at Belle Isle Park. MORE INFO

Riverkeeper Dinner

April 7, 2018

The Detroit Riverkeeper Program is central to the mission of the Friends of the Detroit River, and the Riverkeeper Dinner each spring is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of FDR and the Riverkeeper Program. We have been blessed by the generous support of the Wyandotte Boat Club, which opens up their facility for our fundraising dinner each year. The event includes a delicious buffet dinner, a silent auction, and an informational presentation. It is the primary fundraiser for the Riverkeeper Program, and is a great networking event, with many of our members and friends in attendance. - VIEW FLYER

Lower Detroit River Cleanup

April 21, 2018

In late April each year, a flotilla of small boats ferries eager volunteers out to various islands and shorelines in the Lower Detroit River to collect the accumulated debris that has collected over the past year. This event is the Lower Detroit River Cleanup, and is based at Rotary Park in Trenton, thanks to the support of the City of Trenton. Over the years, the Cleanup has removed tons of trash from the lower river. The Cleanup is Riverkeeper Program project, and gives volunteers the opportunity to help make the river cleaner, as well as to get out on the river and to appreciate the need for stewardship of this valuable resource. Volunteers and the trash collected are returned to the park, where lunch is served. VIEW BROCHURE: MS Word --- PDF

Fall Dinner Cruise

September 7, 2017

One of the major social events of the FDR year is the Fall Dinner Cruise, which happens just after Labor Day each year. Attendees are treated to a wonderful dinner as they cruise the river and learn about river issues and projects. It is a pleasant evening, with FDR members and their friends mingling with other members and river supporters. This event helps to raise needed funds for FDR programs. The Cruise route alternates each year between upriver and downriver. We set out from downtown Detroit in even numbered years, and from Wyandotte's Bishop Park in odd numbered years.

Detroit River Water Festival

October 19, 2017

The Detroit River Water Festival is a day-long educational event designed to help middle school students learn about our most precious natural resource – clean, fresh water. Students from the Detroit area will come together to learn about the Detroit River.

The Detroit River Water Festival is offered to help educate school students about the importance and beauty of the water around us and how it impacts our daily lives. The Water Festival provides students with hands-on activities, taught by top level academic instructors and water quality professionals designed to expose students to a wide variety of water related issues. Through attending the Water Festival students gain an understanding of the diverse topics related to our water resources including ecosystems, social studies, the geosphere and the hydrologic cycle. By being an active participant in the Water Festival students and adults learn the central role water and the Detroit River play in the region's economy and quality of life and begin to understand their lifetime role as stewards of this remarkable precious resource.

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