Open 9 am - 5 pm

Pay-what-you-can Registration

We are committed to connecting Chicagoans to the Chicago River ecosystem to foster a community dedicated to restoring and protecting it. Register for the program by paying what you can—from $20 up to $100. 

As you pay what you can, we appreciate your generosity to ensure that our mission to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world remains resilient through all times. We thank you for your support!

Individual Chicago Kayak Tours

Group Chicago Kayak Tours

What to Bring

We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle, hat, and sunscreen and wearing weather-appropriate outdoor clothing and shoes.

About the Program

Kayak for Conservation was developed in partnership with environmental not-for-profit Urban Rivers, Shedd’s River Islands contribute to the “Wild Mile” project—the first mile-long floating eco-park on the Chicago River. Along the way, you’ll learn about the Chicago River ecosystem, discover the native wildlife above and below the water’s surface and learn how this new habitat is benefiting native wildlife.

Kayak for Conservation FAQs


Varies by program


Check back in 2024!

Meeting location

Kayak Chicago: 1220 W LeMoyne, Chicago, IL 60642


Individuals: Pay-what-you-can registration ranging from $20–$100 per participant, we recommend $45, the base cost of the program

Groups: $375 groups up to 8 / $750 groups of 9-15


Contact us by email or call 312-692-2737