100 Years Along the Fox River - Spring Membership & Awards Luncheon

Our apologies, but due to an overwhelming response we have had to
close the registration for this event.

Thank you so much!


We are looking forward to our Spring Membership & Awards Luncheon coming up on Tuesday, June 18th, 11:30am to 2:00pm at Riverside Receptions in Geneva.  As the storied Fox River rolls along just outside the window, our speaker Scott Johnson will present "100 Years Along the Fox River", helping us navigate his family's history and connection to the river through stories and photographs from two epic canoe trips down the Fox, the first taken by his great-grandfather in 1912 and the second taken by Young descendants, including Scott himself, a century later. 

Dwight Young crosses the Yorkville Dam on his 1912 Fox River canoe trip.

In 1912, Dwight Young, an Oswego resident (and father of famed local naturalist Dick Young) and a friend embarked upon a three-day canoe and camping adventure along the Fox River from Oswego to Ottawa, taking more than 50 time-stamped photographs of the river and the human and natural communities growing along its shores at the time.   One hundred years later, after discovering the slides from his great-grandfather’s journey in a long-forgotten box, Scott Johnson  joined other Young descendants to recreate their journey.  They camped in the same places and took photographs from the same vantage points (or as close as possible) at the same time of day as their vintage predecessors, giving us a fascinating record of what has changed, and not changed, along the Fox in a century’s time and telling the story of how the Fox River connects generations of the Young family.  Scott’s presentation is both captivating and funny—you won’t want it to end! And given the extraordinary contributions to the environment made by Scott's grandfather Dick Young and now Scott as a high school biology teacher, this is a powerful lesson in how our connection to nature helps shape who we and our future generations will become, and ties those generations together.

We’ll also be presenting the Pierotti Memorial Scholarships and giving recognition to some outstanding staff members, including our retiring Director of Advancement Chere Hayes.

Cost to attend the luncheon is $35/person for Members of The Conservation Foundation and $50/person for Non-Members.  Tables of 8 can be purchased for $250/Member Organization or $375/Non-Member Organization.

Registration has filled and is now closed.  Thanks so much for your interest!