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FDR Events and Meeting Schedule

FDR Calendar 2015 - 2016

Board Meetings and Locations
  • October 28th, 2015 - FDR
  • December 2nd, 2015 - EIC
  • January 27th, 2016 - FDR
  • February 24th, 2016 - EIC
  • March 23rd, 2016 - FDR
  • April 27th, 2016 - EIC
  • May 25th, 2016 - FDR
  • June 22nd, 2016 - EIC
  • July 27th, 2016 - FDR
  • August 24th, 2016 - EIC
  • October 26th, 2016 - FDR
  • December 7th, 2016 - EIC

Other Events
  • Shiver on the River - February 4, 2017
  • Riverkeeper Dinner - April 1, 2017
  • River Clean-up - April 22, 2017
  • Belle Isle Cleanup - TBA
  • Detroit River Water Festival - October 19th, 2017 More Info - Be a Volunteer/Sponsor
  • Rouge River Water Festival - TBA
  • IWRA Fundraiser - TBA
  • Island Fest - June 2-4th, 2017
  • River Days - TBA
  • Trenton Summer Festival - TBA
  • River Cruise - September 7, 2017
  • Pte. Mouillee Waterfowl Festival - TBA
  • Hawkfest - TBA
  • Annual Meeting Dinner - TBA
  • Holiday Party - December 14, 2016

Shiver on the River

February 4, 2017

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 1, 2017

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.

Lower Detroit River Cleanup

April 22, 2017

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

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.

Interested sponsors and volunteers may visit our web-site for more information:

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.