Fox River Watershed

From the tiny creek running through your neighborhood to the mighty Fox River that defines the towns along its banks, we’re working in the water, on the streets, and in open spaces with people across these communities to improve the health of the Fox River Valley.

Fox River Initiative

Connecting communities to the beauty, diversity, and importance of the Fox River in order to inspire stewardship and care for the natural environment.

Through this Initiative, we inspire residents, leaders, youth, and communities to see their river more deeply, connect with the river, and ultimately act to care for the river. This initiative is addressing the health of the Fox River in a variety of ways, by: educating youth to community leaders; guiding communities to sustainable landscaping practices; sharing the breadth of diversity that is supported by the Fox River; connecting people to nature through art; and encouraging people to interact with the river that anchors our communities.

Fox River Presentation Series

Fox River illuminated by sunset

Learn about the wonders found in and around this iconic waterway.

River Clean-Ups

Kids stand on top of table surveying trash cleaned up from river

Help care for the Fox River by joining us for clean-up events along the river.


A woman sits cross-legged by a river

Get outside to harness the healing power of nature.

Art of the Fox

Art of the Fox was originally begun to connect people and communities to the beauty, diversity, and importance of the Fox River through art. It started with a series of plein air paintings by artist-in-residence Joel Sheesley that shared both iconic and little-known views of the Fox River on canvas in all seasons. To continue the celebrations of this beautiful and vital waterway, The Conservation Foundation is now embarking on public art installations. The goal is to create artistic features that are accessible, celebrate diverse local voices, and connect people to place and nature.

Our first public art installation will be in Downtown Batavia in partnership with Water Street Studios’ Batavia Public Art Initiative. Read more here!

Stories in the Fox River Watershed

Restoring a Woodland

Kane County

See the results of Susan and Tim’s dedication to restoring their wooded home property. They’ve created a vibrant oasis for spring wildflowers and native birds.

Saving Belrose Farm

LaSalle County

Explore a one-of-a-kind, high-quality natural area with sandstone bluffs, a slot canyon, and a mile of frontage along the Fox River–now protected in perpetuity.

Conservation Community

Kendall County

Learn how Autumn Creek Homeowner’s Association naturalized their detention ponds to cut down on landscaping costs and create beautiful spaces for residents to enjoy.

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