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Monthly meetings typically consist of a short announcements followed by an informative program.
All meetings of the Fox Valley Group are open and free to the public. Please come join us!
Most meetings are held at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, just northwest of Appleton.
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April 10, 2014

Organic Lawn Care
April 2011 cover of Nature's Pathways magazine featuring Troy Reissmann

Troy Reissmann from Valley Organics will help us keep our lawn green the green way.

Troy Reissmann was featured on the cover of the April 2011 edition of Nature's Pathways magazine. He is passionate about healthy lawn care. The Valley Organics owner’s mission is to "save the planet, one lawn at a time." It sounds like a lofty goal, but he believes it’s possible. With equal parts perseverance and perspiration, along with a lot of help from his wife and three children, Reissmann truly believes that someday everyone will realize that customized, organic lawn treatments are a better alternative to traditional chemical-based services.




May 8, 2014

SPECIAL Program with Kenny Salwey
April 2011 cover of Nature's Pathways magazine featuring Troy Reissmann
This is a special program for us, and we must charge a modest fee of $5 per person or $12 (max) per family.

We will provide snacks. We will also have a silent auction and door prizes.

This event will be held in the Girl Scout building at Bubolz Nature Preserve.

Kenny Salwey is the last of a breed of men whose lifestyle has all but disappeared in this fast-paced, high-tech digital world. He earned a tough living with the land, close to Nature and the Mississippi River and using only his native wit. For 30 years, this weathered woodsman eked out a living running a trapline, hiring out as a river guide, digging and selling roots and herbs, and eating the food he hunted and fished. Today, Salwey is a master storyteller, environmental educator, keynote speaker, nature writer, and advocate for the Upper Mississippi River

He has presented his true-life adventures and words of natural world wisdom to adult and young adult audiences across the upper Midwest. By sharing his hard learned experiences, his respect for the Mississippi River, and his love of the natural world, Salwey hopes to inspire his audiences to protect this precious and fragile ecosystem. He lives in Alma, Wisconsin.

Kenny Salwey is the author of five books on his life of a river rat in the backwaters and bluffs of the Upper Mississippi River.

BBC put together a nice video you can watch online. It is called "BBC - Natural World - Mississippi, Tales of the Last River Rat". It is broken up into 10-minute parts, which you can link to after each part finishes. Here is the first segment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73sH2N-wWP4

Here is a 68 minute video, different than the one above. This one is a bookstore lecture entitled "Muskrat for Supper: Exploring the Natural World with the Last River Rat Kenny Salwey". Watch it here: http://vimeo.com/46242650

Here is an Iowa Public Radio program on Kenny Salwey: http://iowapublicradio.org/post/kenny-salwey-last-river-rat


In lieu of our traditionsl fundraiser auction during our May meeting we are having this very special program. The silent auction at this meeting will help with the expenses of bringing Kenny Salwey to our meeting. We anticipate a wonderful program.

Since we still need to raise funds for our group newsletter and other group programs we will be having a couple of brat fry fundraisers. We encourage you to help at those events.



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June 12, 2014

Richard Schoenbohm talks about kayaking the Fox River in a homemade kayak.

"I built a skin-on-frame Aleutian kayak that by its grace alone deserved a water journey. So, in the Spring of 2005, I launched it on the Upper Fox River at Portage and paddled to Oshkosh, a voyage back into Wisconsin history and nature. Over ten days, I shared a river loved by Belted kingfishers, Mascouten Indians, John Muir, and today's denizens of villages strung along its course."

Sketch of the Fox River by Richard Schoenbohm



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