Friends' online educational series - Chicago River Talks - is available on our YouTube Channel. The 45-minute interactive lectures spotlight the river's history, geography and ecology as well as water quality and land management issues. A complete list of the Chicago River Talks is available on Friends' webpage https://www.chicagoriver.org/about-the-river/resources.
Ecology Outreach Manager Mark Hauser hosts the program live at noon every Tuesday and Thursday through May 26.
Mark leads educational programming through the Chicago River Schools Network which reaches over 24,000 students on annual basis. Mark is a certified interpreter with over 20 years' experience in leading river, nature, and ecology programs. He received an M.S. in Natural Resources with a focus on environmental education from The Ohio State University.
Friends of the Chicago River is the only organization solely dedicated to the Chicago River system.
Since 1979, Friends has been working to improve the health of the Chicago River system for the benefit of people and wildlife and by doing so, has laid the foundation for the river to be a beautiful, continuous, easily accessible corridor of open space in the Chicago region.