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FDR Events and Meeting Schedule

FDR Calendar

Board Meetings and Locations
  • January 23rd, 2019 - FDR
  • February 27th, 2019 - EIC
  • March 27th, 2019 - FDR
  • April 24th, 2019 - EIC
  • May 22nd, 2019- FDR
  • June 26th, 2019 - EIC
  • July 24th, 2019 - FDR
  • August 28th, 2019 - EIC
  • October 23rd, 2019- FDR
  • December 4th, 2019 - EIC

Other Events
  • Shiver on the River - February 1, 2020
  • Riverkeeper Dinner - March 28, 2020
  • River Clean-up - April 25, 2020
  • Rouge River Water Festival - TBA
  • IWRA Fundraiser - TBA
  • Island Fest - TBA
  • River Days - TBA
  • Trenton Summer Festival - TBA
  • Pte. Mouillee Waterfowl Festival - TBA
  • Hawkfest - TBA
  • Detroit River Water Festival - TBA
  • Annual Meeting Dinner - TBA
  • Holiday Party - December 12, 2019

Shiver on the River

February 1, 2020

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

March 28, 2020

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. - VIEW FLYER

Lower Detroit River Cleanup

April 25, 2020

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


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: