The Valley of the Fox Group is one of 14 groups comprising the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club. Chartered in 1992, the group draws its membership from the Fox River Valley and the counties of Kane and Kendall.

Biennial Fox River Cruise, September 12th!

Yes, the paddlewheel cruise is back! So mark your calendar and get your tickets before they're sold out!

Join us as we cruise down the Fox River on the beautiful St. Charles Belle, a 19th-century replica paddlewheel steamboat. Experience gorgeous views of the unspoilt forest preserve that lines the river, while you enjoy a gourmet dinner and live entertainment.

Speaker: US Representative Bill Foster (District 11)
Music by jazz guitarist Nate Stelton

Saturday, September 12, 2015
6:00-8:00pm (boarding begins at 5:30pm)
Pottowatomie Park
St. Charles, IL

Directions and map:

$75 single ticket
$125 pair of tickets

For ticket purchasing and RSVP, please contact Fran Caffee at


VOF Monthly Meetings

Why stay home watching the tube when you could be sharing an experience with the prime outdoors club in the nation? Enjoy old friends and make new ones. Talk about the environmental issues currently in the Illinois Assembly. Check on upcoming outings. Sign up for your favorite volunteer projects.

Next VOF Meeting September 14, Batavia Public Library
Tar Sands Crude Passing Through Illinois

Community Environmental Council leader Dave Davis will talk about the Alberta tar sands crude oil being transported through Illinois via rail.

"We know that we are in a climate crisis. World experts have defined explicit goals to attack the crisis including leaving virtually all of the Alberta Tar Sands in the ground. Since Illinois has become the railroad sands super highway from Alberta to Gulf Coast export terminals we will examine our State's complicity, the dangers we face and ways we all can participate."

Dave Davis has taught for 34 years, math and more recently computer programming. He and his wife run a small computer software company near Oregon Il. Action on climate change has become a focus for them in the past decade. They have testified before the Department of State in Grand Island NE, opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, have taken part in many climate marches in the Midwest, Washington DC and NYC and Chicago. In their personal lives they have installed geothermal furnaces, installed a 12k solar PV array and converted to LED lighting. 

Monday, September 14th, 7:00pm
Batavia Public Library
10 S. Batavia Ave.
Batavia, IL 60510-2793
Directions to the Batavia Public Library

VOF monthly meetings are usually (but not always) held the second Monday of the month at 7pm at the Batavia Public Library except for the months of July, August, and December. The public is invited and refreshments are typically available. 

Last Meeting

Our June meeting was combined with an evening outing at the Fabyan Forest Preserve. The weather was superb, as we partook in snacks and briefly discussed outstanding issues in a picnic shelter, then went for a one-mile hike in the Fabyan woodland.

Call for Executive Committee Candidates For 2016

The VOF Nominating Committee is seeking Executive Committee (ExCom) member candidates for the two-year term starting January, 2016. This is the team who, with your input, makes decisions for our group. It's a rewarding and fun opportunity.

If you are interested, click here to email for information about the position and how to get on the ballot. Please respond by September 1, 2015.

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