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FDR Events and Meeting Schedule

FDR Calendar

Board Meetings and Locations
  • January 22, 2020 - FDR
  • February 26, 2020 - EIC
  • March 25, 2020 - FDR
  • April 29, 2020 - EIC
  • May 27, 2020 - FDR
  • June 24, 2020 - EIC
  • July 22, 2020 - FDR
  • August 26, 2020 - EIC
  • October 21, 2020- FDR
  • December 2, 2020 - EIC

Other Events
  • Shiver on the River - February 6, 2021
  • Riverkeeper Dinner - Postponed
  • River Clean-up - April 2021
  • IWRA Fundraiser - June 13, 2020
  • Island Fest - TBA
  • River Days - TBA
  • Trenton Summer Festival - June 26-28, 2020
  • Pte. Mouillee Waterfowl Festival - September 19-20, 2020
  • Hawkfest - TBA
  • Detroit River Water Festival - September 23-24, 2020
  • Annual Meeting Dinner - TBA
  • Holiday Party - TBA

Shiver on the River

February 6, 2021

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


Our Riverkeeper Dinner, scheduled for March 28, has been postponed due to the present health crisis presented by the coronavirus. With an abundance of caution, we have heeded recommendations from federal, state and local health officials, as well as the Governor, and agreed to postpone the event.

We hope to be able to re-schedule the event for the summer or fall, as conditions permit. Tickets purchased for the March 28 date will be honored for the re-scheduled dinner. Refunds will be issued to anyone by request. Of course, refunds will be available by request if the event is not rescheduled, which we do not anticipate.

We regret having to postpone the event. The Detroit Riverkeeper Program is central to the mission of the Friends of the Detroit River, and the Riverkeeper Dinner is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of FDR and the Riverkeeper Program. It is always such an enjoyable evening that we do not want to cancel it. We hope you will be able to join us at our to-be-determined makeup date. The event will still include a delicious buffet dinner, a silent auction, and an informational presentation. We will announce the new date as soon as we can confirm it. We thank you for your understanding. Any questions should be directed to the FDR Office, at (734) 288-3889.

Lower Detroit River Cleanup

Canceled, rescheduled for April 2021

Due to the present health crisis, we have decided to cancel this year's river cleanup event. Please join us next year, in April 2021.

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 FLIER

Detroit River Water Festival

September 23 & 24, 2020

The Detroit River Water Festival is an 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: