Four Rivers Environmental Coalition Events and Projects

A River Gathering

June 20-22, 2013

to celebrate the ecology, beauty, and recreation

of our region’s greatest natural assets.

Download Registration Packet and event information

 The Four Rivers Environmental Coalition and Rock Valley College are hosting a three-day festival to celebrate the ecological, recreational, cultural and aesthetic value of the rivers in our region and to offer ways in which people can work to preserve them as resources and places of inspiration.

Learn about, explore and celebrate the wetlands, rivers, trails and woods and all that make their homes in north western Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Here is your chance to visit some of the Midwest’s highest quality and culturally significant rivers and surrounding habitat. Join your n neighbors and visitors, bring your back packs and be ready for three full days of guided tours, hands-on workshops, wonderful people, distinctive art and music, and beautiful rivers.

Opening night reception with key note, author Brian Doyle, will be at Cliffbreakers Resort. Rock Valley College Stenstrom Center will be A River Gathering headquarters for presentations and exhibitor/vendor booths and workshops. Field trips, clinics, demonstrations and performances will be held at various sites on the Rock, Kishwaukee, Sugar and Pecatonica Rivers. This event is family-friendly and children’s entertainment and activities will be geared for children age 4+.


 Into the Wild natural areas series in

The Rock River Times
2010- 2011

Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet In Peril Community Book Discussion
October 30, 2010

Co-Sponsor Public Forum for Winnebago County Forest Preserve candidates (with Blackhawk Sierra Club)
September 27, 2010

Annual Earth Day Community Celebration with Rock Valley College
April 24, 2010

Celebrate Earth Regional Earth Day Events Campaign
April – May 2009 and 2010

Winnebago County Fair exhibit
August 2009 and 2010

Co-Sponsor of 2009 Winnebago County Green Business Awards
May 2009

Leave No Child Inside series in
The Rock River Times, 2009

BioBlitz, Day of Discovery
Byron Forest Preserve
May 17 2008

Green Harvest Partnership with Cliffbreaker’s Restaurant to support local environmental organizations
August – September 2007

BioBlitz, Day of Discovery
Page Park, Rockford, IL
May 11, 2007

Operation Migration Whooping Crane Conservation Public Presentation
October 10, 2006 at Burpee Museum

Publication of Educator’s Guide to FREC Environmental Education Programs
March 2005

Four Rivers For Life poster project
April through December 2005

Chemical Free Lawn Maintenance
June 2004

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