GENEVA – The Conservation Foundation’s spring membership and awards luncheon June 18 in Geneva will feature a presentation by Scott Johnson, who recreated his great-grandfather’s 1912 Fox River canoe trip 100 years later.
The luncheon is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverside Receptions set alongside the city's Fox River dam.
The original canoe trip from Oswego to Ottawa resulted in more than 50 black-and-white photographs taken by Oswego resident Dwight Young during a three-day period. Photographs from both trips are compared to show what has changed – and what has not – along the Fox River in the last century, and the river’s importance to generations of the Young family.
Young’s son, Dick Young, who was Johnson’s grandfather, was a lifelong Oswego resident and formerly worked as Kane County’s chief environmentalist. Two Illinois forest preserves are named after him — in Kendall and Kane counties — for his dedication to conservation issues.
Several awards will be presented to honor the dedication of those supporting TCF’s mission: two Mighty Acorns teachers will be recognized for their longtime involvement with the environmental education program; a local community will receive the Low Salt Award for reducing its salt usage on roads; and Director of Advancement Chere Hayes will be honored as she retires.
The Paul D. Pierotti Memorial Scholarship will be presented to two college students pursuing environmental careers. The scholarships are awarded each year through the DuPage Foundation.
The luncheon cost is $35 for TCF members and $50 for nonmembers. Reservations can be made online at theconservationfoundation.org/springluncheon or by calling 630-428-4500, ext. 110. Riverside Receptions is at 35 N. River Lane.
The Conservation Foundation is one of the region’s oldest and largest nonprofit land and watershed conservation organizations, with more than 4,000 members. Founded in 1972, TCF has helped preserve more than 35,000 acres of open space, restored and cleaned miles of rivers and streams, and educated thousands of youth by engaging them in nature and the outdoors.
Work is focused in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties. To learn more, visit theconservationfoundation.org.