2018 EVENT SPOTLIGHT

Board of Directors Meetings
3rd Wednesday, 7pm - 9pm

Friends of the St. Clair River Board of Directors meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the River Rat building on the Blue Water River Walk. We welcome anyone at any time to drop into a meeting, participate in a meeting by sharing your ideas, or please ask about joining with other like-minded environmentalists passionate about making the Blue Water Area cleaner and greener! Request a board information packet today.

Stewardship Steering Committee Meetings
4th Wednesday, 7pm - 9pm

Friends of the St. Clair River Stewardship Steering Committee meets the 4th Wednesday every month through the fall and winter, locations vary. We welcome anyone at any time to drop into a meeting, participate in a meeting by sharing your ideas, or please ask about joining with other like-minded environmentalists passionate about making the Blue Water Area cleaner and greener! A Steward denotes a person who makes a contribution (time, knowledge, skills, funds) to benefit the St. Clair River ecosystem or to build relationships between the river and the community. Teaching children about the natural world is stewardship, and so is picking up trash, developing your knowledge of native and invasive plants, and stream monitoring. We hope you’ll find being a Steward a rewarding part of your life! Request a volunteer information packet.

Blue Water Reptiles & Amphibians
January 24, 6pm - 7pm

Friends of the St. Clair River continues their free educational speaker series with “Reptiles & Amphibians of the Blue Water Area". The slide show presentation will be led by Dave Dortman, a local expert naturalist. Dave will discuss local herpetology biology, identification, and importance. You don't want to miss this! This family-friendly presentation is 45 minutes and meets at the St. Clair County Administration Building Auditorium, 200 Grand River Avenue, Port Huron.

Winter Bird Blast
February 24, 9am - 12pm

Join Friends of the St. Clair River, in partnership with the Blue Water Audubon Society, for our 4th Annual Winter Bird Blast! Families are welcome to participate in one or both of the activities to learn about local winter birding opportunities, take a bird hike along the St. Clair River shoreline, and paint a Long-tailed duck winter scene.

Bird Talk & Walk – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Donation suggested Studio 1219 Painting Party – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., $45 fundraiser

The Bird Talk & Walk is at the St. Clair County Administration Building Auditorium, 200 Grand River Ave, Port Huron and is free (donations appreciated). It begins at 9:00 a.m. with a Blue Water Birding presentation by the Blue Water Audubon Society. Participants then bundle up from 10a.m. – noon for hiking the St. Clair River shoreline, a birdwatcher’s paradise! Suggested items to bring include a field guide, binoculars, and a camera, however a limited supply will be provided. Participants should dress warm!!! Hot beverages will be provided.

The Painting Party is from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Studio 1219. The party is a fundraiser as a portion of the fee is given to Friends of the St. Clair River. It is open to all ages and abilities and pre-registration is required through Studio 1219 at www.studio1219.com or 810-984-2787.

Winter Bird Blast Painting Party
February 24, 1pm - 3pm

Join Friends of the St. Clair River for our 4th Annual Winter Bird Blast! Families are welcome to participate in one or both of the activities to learn about local winter birding opportunities, hike along the St. Clair River shoreline, and paint a Long-tailed duck winter scene. The Winter Bird Blast activities are:
Bird Talk & Walk – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Donation suggested
Studio 1219 Painting Party – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., $45 fundraiser

 

The Painting Party is from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Studio 1219. The party is a fundraiser as a portion of the $45 fee is given to Friends of the St. Clair River. It is open to all ages and abilities and pre-registration is required through Studio 1219 at www.studio1219.com or 810-984-2787.

Blue Water Invasive & Native Plants
Wednesday, March 28, 6pm - 7pm

Friends of the St. Clair River continues their free educational speaker series with “Look Out! Invasive and Native Plants of the Blue Water Area". The slide show presentation will be led by Mike Sobieski with The Stewardship Network. This presentation is 45 minutes and meets at the St. Clair County Administration Building Auditorium, 200 Grand River Avenue, Port Huron.

Blue Water River Walk Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31, 10am

Friends of the St. Clair River is hosting their annual egg hunt and spring clean-up of the Blue Water River Walk! The event is centered on an egg hunt filled with nature-themed surprises and performing a little work to spruce up the River Walk sprinkled in with a whole lot of family fun. Participants should meet under the arch entrance at the north end of the Blue Water River Walk next to the Great Lakes Maritime Center, 51 Water Street, Port Huron. The egg hunt begins promptly at 10am. Pre-registration is not required. Children should bring a basket or bag to collect their eggs.

Earth Fair
Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28

Visit EarthDayFair.com for additional information.

Blue Water Butterflies
Wednesday, May 23, 6pm - 7pm

Friends of the St. Clair River continues their free educational speaker series with “Butterflies of the Blue Water Area". The slide show presentation will be led by Barb Ford, a local expert naturalist. This family-friendly presentation is 45 minutes and meets at the St. Clair County Administration Building Auditorium, 200 Grand River Avenue, Port Huron.

Run With The Sturgeon 5K & 1K Race
Saturday, June 2, 8am

Run With the Sturgeon is a 5K race and 1K fun run along the beautiful Blue Water River Walk on the shores of the St. Clair River in downtown Port Huron! Meet our Sturgeon Festival mascot, Seymour Sturgeon, who will be cheering you on! We are proud to be the Blue Water Area's first green race --- leave your footsteps, but not a carbon footprint! Our water station uses biodegradable cups and race packets are delivered in reusable cloth bags. All 5K participants receive a t-shirt, matching bag, and finishers medal. All 1K participants receive a medal, with an option to purchase a t-shirt. Awards are presented to the top three males and females in all age groups in the 5K. Stick around after the race for the award ceremony and to visit our live sturgeon touch tank. Funds are available for students through the Starting Line Youth Running Fund. Race proceeds benefit Friends of the St. Clair River, St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow Incorporated, and Starting Line Youth Running Fund. For more information, contact sturgeonfestival@stclaircounty.org or visit www.SturgeonFestival.com.

Sturgeon Festival
Saturday, June 2, 10am - 3pm

This free annual event is held on the shores of the St. Clair River in Port Huron and provides families with close encounters with our Blue Water Area Lake Sturgeon, affectionately known as the “Gentle Giants of the Great Lakes”. Since the Blue Water Area supports the largest population of threatened Lake Sturgeon anywhere in the Great Lakes, the Sturgeon Festival brings this unique viewing opportunity to thousands of families. The festival provides dozens of water-themed exhibits with hands-on activities, workshops, a live sturgeon touch tank, a Run with the Sturgeon 5K race, and our exclusive Huron Lady Sturgeon Cruises with live video allowing guests a view of sturgeon swimming on the bottom of the St. Clair River. For more information, contact sturgeonfestival@stclaircounty.org or visit www.SturgeonFestival.com.

Sturgeon Full Moon Viewing
Sunday, August 26, 7pm - 10pm

Experience the light of August's full moon, the Sturgeon Moon, from the top of the Fort Gratiot Light Station on Lake Huron in Port Huron! There will be lots of fun family activities all evening long. Tickets will be available early 2018. This is our 10-year anniversary party!

For more information about any of our events, please contact Kirsten Lyons, Stewardship Director, at 810-294-4965 or stewardship@scriver.org.

St. Clair County is a big part of what is known as the “Blue Water Area” which got its name from the St. Clair River – a river of incredible sapphire colors. If you live here or have visited here you know this to be true. Our passion for the St. Clair River runs deep here in the Blue Water Area, so welcome and thank you for stopping by!
St. Clair County contains some of the most valuable fresh water on earth and Friends of the St. Clair River is here to protect the future of these waters. Founded in 2007, Friends of the St. Clair River is a grassroots environmental non-profit providing fun, educational activities that connect our community to our water resources. We are the lead organization for advocating for water resource protection and restoration throughout St. Clair County.

Introducing families to our precious water resources is our business. Through education, monitoring, and restoration activities we are committed to helping families enjoy a day together in the great outdoors. We hope that this love of nature creates a lifetime of memories and stewards that will one day advocate for clean water too.

The St. Clair River is the Blue Water Area’s most significant natural feature. We invite you to get involved with us in celebrating the St. Clair River. Whatever you do, get out and show the water some love!

St. Clair River Area of Concern Health Report Card


Experience an aerial view of the Blue Water River Walk