2018 EVENT SPOTLIGHT

Board of Directors Meetings
3rd Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm

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 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.

Sturgeon Brew Fundraiser
War Water Brewery, May 31, 5 – 8pm

Join us at War Water Brewery for a festive fundraiser party to kick off the Blue Water Sturgeon Festival! Support us with a $20 donation at the door to receive your exclusive festival pint glass, 2 beer tickets or 1 wine ticket, and a door prize ticket. Sip on the tasty Resurgin’ Sturgeon Rye, view live sturgeon in fish tanks, meet Lake Sturgeon biologists and researchers, and take home some Sturgeon Festival prizes! Hope to see you there! Thanks for your support!

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.

The Big Give
June 12

We are participating in The Big Give, a 24-hour online giving rally, by utilizing the St. Clair Community Foundation webpage on June 12. Help the Blue Water Area’s largest environmental non-profit with your donation and show the water some love! Your donation shows support for the nonprofit you care about, The Big Give will take place June 12 at 12:00 a.m. through June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

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