2nd Annual River City Cook Off

posted Jun 2, 2011, 6:14 PM by Ramandeep Dulku

  • The 2nd Annual River City Cook Off will be held on Sunday, June 12th at Abe & Jake's Landing, 8 E. 6th St, Lawrence. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and restaurant tasting stations will be ready for business - NO LONG LINES (like last year). Cost will be $20 but if you don't want to eat you can just come and dance to the fabulous entertainment for $10. For information on sponsors please contact the Riverkeeper at (913) 963-3460.

Paddlecraft Saftey Course*

posted Mar 9, 2011, 12:33 PM by Laura Calwell   [ updated Mar 9, 2011, 12:45 PM ]

 - this is a FREE seminar offered by the U.S. Coast Gauard Auxiliary on Sunday, April 3, 1:00 to 5:00pm at Kansas City Sailing, 725 N.2nd Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.  "Paddle America" is an introductory course to meet the boater education needs for operating a canoe or kayak; provide information about how to be a safer, more comfortable and courteous paddler; and provide information on laws and regulations that apply to paddlecraft.  This is a 4 hour, 5 chapter course that concludes with a 30 question exam.  You must REGISTER to attend by calling or emailing Pam Chaffee - 785 550 4074.
* Text book is recommended but not required. It is available at the class for $10.

Breaking the Silence Conference

posted Mar 2, 2011, 12:58 PM by Ramandeep Dulku   [ updated Mar 3, 2011, 7:45 AM by Laura Calwell ]

A community based environmental gathering will take place on March 11 and March 12. This year’s conference themes will explore what we as the American public, should be environmentally educating ourselves, as well as our youth, our future leaders and/or voters. The Conference Issues and Concerns are: local watershed issues, a buy local first campaign, social responsibility, local energy efficiency efforts, minority employment concerns, environmental literacy, and volunteer opportunities.
Location and timings are below:
Fri., March 11, 5 - 10pm
Sat., March 12, 9am - 5pm
Reardon Convention Center
520 Minnesota Ave
Kansas City, KS 66101

More information.

Lawrence Eagles Day

posted Jan 17, 2011, 2:08 PM by Laura Calwell   [ updated Jan 17, 2011, 2:10 PM ]

Join us for the Lawrence Eagles Day: The Thirteenth Annual Eagles Day, sponsored by the Jayhawk Audubon Society in Lawrence, Kansas, on January 22, 2011, will celebrate the return of bald eagles to area lakes and rivers. There will be live bald and golden eagles and other wild critters to help us appreciate the return of these glorious animals.

It's an event for the whole family, featuring lots of hands-on educational and fun activities for kids as well as special presentations by renowned experts from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

And best of all, it's FREE!

Eagles Day is held at Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive, one block north of the intersection of 6th St. and Wakarusa Drive.

A map can be found here.

Topeka Audubon Presentation

posted Jan 8, 2011, 11:08 AM by Ramandeep Dulku

 Kansas Riverkeeper will be presenting a community mapping workshop on Tuesday, January 11  at 7:00pm at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4775 SW 21st St, Topeka, KS

De Soto Rain Garden

posted Oct 25, 2010, 5:47 AM by Laura Calwell   [ updated Oct 25, 2010, 5:52 AM ]

Ribbon cutting ceremony for Friends of the Kaw rain garden to be Sunday

The Friends of the Kaw will be cutting the ribbon on their new rain garden at the boat launch at Riverfest Park in De Soto at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24.

The garden is mostly funded by a grant from the Johnson County Stormwater Education initiative.

A community float will launch after ribbon cutting and will take out at Cedar Creek Access. There is no charge for the float but participants must RSVP in advance with the Kansas Riverkeeper at (913) 963-3460. Canoes and double kayaks (including PFDs and paddles) are available for this float at no charge, the float will depart at a approximately 1:30 p.m. and arrive at Cedar Creek access ramp at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The ribbon cutting ceremony and float trip will be canceled if it is raining or if thunderstorms or high wind is eminent.
Posted by Laura Herring October 22, 2010 at 10:38 a.m.

8th Street Lawrence Access Signage Project

posted Sep 27, 2010, 10:42 AM by Laura Calwell   [ updated Sep 27, 2010, 10:47 AM ]

On September 26th Friends of the Kaw unveiled our newest project, signs at Kansas River access ramps highlighting interesting local history and natural history. Best of all, we have a new map of the river and safety information for boaters. This is only the first of many that we plan to develop.
The authors-- Dr. Cynthia Annett (eagles), Dr. Dale Nimz (history) and Laura Calwell, the Kansas Riverkeeper (safety). The signs were designed by Temashio Anderson and Nasbah Ben. Kansas River map by Temsahio Anderson and Heidi Mehl. Funding from the Elizabeth Schultz Environment Fund and the Kansas Humanities Council. Photos from the Watkins History Museum and Mike Watkins, COE and

H2O Kansas

posted May 5, 2010, 3:50 PM by Dr. Cynthia Annett

H2O Kansas: Discover Our Ecosystems Art Exhibit for Children at the Topeka/Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604 for more information 785 580 4515 or
May 7 - June 18, 2010
H2O Kansas: Discover Our Ecosystems is an exploration of water for children of all ages. Experience the sights of Kansas waterways through the work of local artists Lisa Grossman, Barbara Waterman-Peters and Matt Needham.  This exhibit features photgraphs, prints, watercolor, oil paintings and interactive water experiments.
Learn the history of the Kansas River and how its ever-changing path has impacted Topeka. Discover a river bank and spot the animals that call this environment home. The library's 9th Annual Art Exhibition for Children encourages families to explore art together.

River City Cook Off!

posted Apr 26, 2010, 9:36 AM by Laura Calwell

River City Cook Off!

Event details

We are going to give five local chefs the opportunity to compete for the title of The River City Cook-Off Champion and winner of the Catfish Trophy. Food included with your ticket, free organic kids buffet and vegetarian options. The chefs are: Ken Baker (Pachamama's) Subarna Bhattachan (Zen Zero) Rafael Gonzalez (Global Cafe) Jeff Lewis (Angler's) Angel Alvarez (Tortas Jalisco) Whether you enjoy the sound of sweet jazz, folk, dirty blues or funky hip hop there is something for everyone. Ardys Ramberg & John Lomas, Danny Pound, Congo Square and Approach will be playing. There will be educational speakers from The Friends of the Kaw, a film screening about the oldest living Kaw Valley fisherman, a silent auction from local businesses and more information on how you can get involved.

Earth Day Events

posted Apr 13, 2010, 7:32 AM by Laura Calwell

Come join us for Earth Day!

Saturday, April 17 - Many fabulous Earth Day Celebrations - fun and environmental information and activities for all ages:

Prairie Village Earthfest, 10am – 3pm at Shawnee Mission East High School, 75th and Mission Rd., Prairie Village, KS.

Lawrence Earth Festival Parade starts at 11:00am on Massachusetts from downtown Lawrence to South Park.

Lawrence Earth Day Celebration, 11:30am - 4:00pm at South Park (east) 11th and Massachusetts in Lawrence.

Topeka Green Fair, 2:00 - 5:00 pm Topeka Shawnee County Puplic Library, Marvin Auditorium, 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

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