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Nature is Open!

Nature is Open!

Nature boosts our physical and emotional well-being. Nature helps calm and comfort during difficult times. Now, more than ever, time outside is essential. Thankfully, Nature Is Open! Share photos or video as you get outside to help motivate your friends to stay healthy.

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Rain Barrel Sale for Earth Day 50th Anniversary

Rain Barrel Sale for Earth Day 50th Anniversary

Save water, save money! One great way to celebrate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary is to add a rain barrel to your home. With five colors available, there’s a color for every home. Pre-order today at a 20% discount, with four convenient pick-up dates.

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Learn to Listen for Frogs & Toads!

Learn to Listen for Frogs & Toads!

Alert: Frogs are already calling this year! For surveyors or anyone else who wants to learn frog calls, use this new app that member Kathy Albleson created. If you want to survey your neighborhood contact Sally Petrella spetrella@therouge.org, and get froggin’!

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#Nature Is Open!

One of the healthiest things you can do is to get outside in nature. Studies show that time spent outside boosts our physical and emotional...
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PARC Capital Campaign

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The FOTR Wish List

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COVID-19 Update

March 13, 2020 Important update regarding our COVID-19 response Dear Friends, The safety and health of our program participants, volunteers, staff and community is our...
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Friends of the Rouge

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Friends, here's this week's featured #NatureIsOpen photo. A big thanks to the Dearborn Mom who shared a picture of her fairy house architect at work outside! Remember, #NatureIsOpen and just one step outside your door. Share your photos @friendsoftherouge to inspire your friends & neighbors to get outside and stay healthy. Please practice safe social distancing. Stay safe and be well! therouge.org/nature-is-open/ ... See MoreSee Less

Friends, heres this weeks featured #NatureIsOpen photo. A big thanks to the Dearborn Mom who shared a picture of her fairy house architect at work outside! Remember, #NatureIsOpen and just one step outside your door. Share your photos @friendsoftherouge to inspire your friends & neighbors to get outside and stay healthy. Please practice safe social distancing. Stay safe and be well! https://therouge.org/nature-is-open/

04/02/20

Friends of the Rouge

Thank you Pure Oakland Water! You make the Rouge River healthier & cleaner with your generous support of the Friends of the Rouge Biological Monitoring Program! www.pureoaklandwater.org/ ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Pure Oakland Water!  You make the Rouge River healthier & cleaner with your generous support of the Friends of the Rouge Biological Monitoring Program! http://www.pureoaklandwater.org/

04/01/20

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Our Services

Friends of the Rouge in ACTION

Rouge Rescue

Rouge Education Project

River Restoration

River Monitoring

Rouge River Water Trail

Our annual river clean up

Since 1986, volunteers have removed large quantities of trash from the river. Public perception shifted from the river as an open sewer and a place to dump trash to its restoration including invasive plants removal, installation of native plantings, and stabilization of stream banks.

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School-based environmental education

We involve elementary, middle, and high schools from across southeastern Michigan. Students learn about the Rouge River in class, and then perform hands-on scientific exploration of the river on a field trip to its banks. They are encouraged to take action to restore and protect the river.

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How we care for the land

How we care for the land impacts water quality in our local lakes and rivers. The River Restoration program teaches residents of the watershed how to manage their land to improve water quality and to provide wildlife habitat through hands-on projects and educational events.

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Residents become citizen scientists

This program engages residents to become citizen scientists, collecting data about the health of the watershed through biological indicator species (bugs, frogs, fish, etc.) that reflect the long-term health of the watershed. As water quality improves, bugs frogs and fish are returning.

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Along 29.25 miles of the Lower Rouge

FOTR is currently working with local partners to develop a water trail on 29.25 miles of the Lower Rouge from Canton to the Detroit River. Much of the river corridor is protected within Wayne County Parks, making it ideal for the development of launches and amenities.

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Volunteer to Make a Difference

Friends of the Rouge began as a volunteer organization, so volunteerism sits at the core of mission to serve the Rouge River watershed.

Become a Member

Be part of the legacy. Support the vital work we do by helping us meet critical milestones for programs that make a lasting impact of the Rouge River watershed’s health.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Get involved! Support our diverse programs through sponsorships that have the power to make real and lasting change for the health of the Rouge River watershed!

Networking to Build Community

Our community stakeholders, partners, and alliances make our watershed healthier! Thank you to all who make a difference by caring about the Rouge River.

Financial Transparency

We adhere to all federal and state regulations, produce annual financial audits, submit all reporting documents in a timely manner with clear accounting methods and record keeping.

FAQs

Curious about something in the Rouge? We may already have an answer to commonly asked questions regarding our organization or the watershed. Check out our FAQs HERE.

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