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Creek explorations,

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cleaning up,

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creek restoration,

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and FUN!

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Events Calendar

Please join us at any of the educational or creek clean-up events listed below.  This page contains the latest information on the City of Santa Rosa's Storm Water Team’s activities in the community.  For help organizing a creek clean-up with your neighborhood, school, community group, or business please call (707)-543-3845 or email ableifuss@srcity.org.  Creek clean-ups are great community service projects for students (Need Service Hours?).  All children must be accompanied by an adult for all events.

 Storm Water and Creeks Calendar

First Saturday Cleanup on Prince Memorial Greenway (ages 5 to adult)
On the first Saturday of every month help take care of restored Santa Rosa Creek flowing through the heart of downtown. The Greenway provides a home for river otter, kingfishers, egrets, and steelhead trout as well as parks, public art, and recreation along the six mile creek trail. Clean-up supplies provided.

Date: First SATURDAY of each month, Next up is March 4th!

Time: 10:00 AM - noon

Location: Meet at Olive Park.

Contact: For more information visit www.firstsaturdaycleanup.org.

Park-A-Month Volunteer Program (family friendly)
Discover a new park every month. The Park-A-Month Volunteer Program offers fun, family-friendly events where residents can make a difference in their parks. For students looking for volunteer opportunities to earn community service hours, we recommend checking the listings on the Parks Volunteer Hub page. You can sign up online!

Date: The 2nd Saturday of the month from March to October.

Time: 9:00 AM - noon, rain or shine

For Details: Click Here

Flat Rock Park Volunteer Days (ages 8 and up)
Help take care of the Brush Creek Restoration Area and Flat Rock Park. Learn about native California riparian plants and how they provide food and shelter for fish and wildlife. Heavy rain cancels, in light rain the work continues.

Date: Saturdays February 25 and March 18, 2017

Time: 9:30 - 11:30 AM.

Location: Meet at Flat Rock footbridge near 4227 Flat Rock Circle (east on Hwy 12 past Brush Creek Rd, rt on Streamside Drive, rt on Wayvern Dr.

Contact: Alistair Bleifuss at 543-3845 or creeks@srcity.org.

Public Flood Control Tour (ages 8 to adult)
The Sonoma County Water Agency invites our community to participate in a free half day tour of our regional flood control facilities located throughout Sonoma County. Attendees will learn about the operations and many benefits of flood control facilities, such as Spring Lake and Matanzas Creek reservoirs. Get your behind-the-scenes look at how flood control efforts have shaped Sonoma County by signing up for a tour today. Seats are reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis. Sign-up on the website.

Date: Saturday, March 4th; Friday, March 10th; Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: See below.

Contact: To view available tour times and to register for a public tour, please visit sonomacountywater.org/tours/.

Laguna Stewardship Day for Families (all ages)
Bring the kids! Join us in restoring critical wildlife habitat while enjoying the outdoors with your family. No experience necessary. Tasks depend on the weather and may include planting native trees, weeding, and tending to restoration plantings. Tools, training & hearty snacks provided. Bring gloves and water. Wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. Only heavy rain cancels!

Date:Saturday March 11, 2017

Time: 9:00-11:00 AM Volunteer projects and 11:00-noon Optional natural history walk.

Location: Meet at Laguna Treatment Plant 4300 Llano Road.

Contact: Denise Cadman at 543-3408 or dcadman@srcity.org. Groups of 8 or more, please RSVP!

Colgan Creek Volunteer Day (ages 8 to adult)
Help the community cleanup and nurture the restored Colgan Creek. Learn about the many native California plants that grow along creeks and help them establish a foothold in their first year. Tools and refreshments provided.

Date: Saturday April 8, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM-Noon.

Location: Meet at Elsie Allen High School parking lot, 599 Bellevue Ave.

Contact: Alistair Bleifuss at 543-3845 or creeks@srcity.org.

Sierra Park Creek Clean Up (ages 6 to adult)
Continue the care of this little creek with Strawberry School, scouts, and neighbors on Bennett Valley Clean Up Day. Call Bennett Valley Vision for info on other neighborhood projects 545-2224.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM.

Location: Strawberry School, 2311 Horseshoe Drive.

Contact: FOR MORE INFORMATION visit http://bennettvalleyvision.blogspot.com/ or email creeks@srcity.org.

Earth Day on the Greenway (ages 5 to adult)
Celebrate Earth Day's 47th birthday on the Prince Memorial Greenway. Help with a cleanup of Santa Rosa Creek, native plant care, and trail maintenance. Tools and refreshments provided. Afterwards join the Earth Day Festival at Courthouse Square. Find out more at www.srcity.org/earthday/.

Date: Saturday April 22, 2017

Time: 9:30- 11:30 AM.

Location: Meet at the Olive Park footbridge. Near 105 Olive Street. On-street parking.

Contact: Alistair Bleifuss at 543-3845 or creeks@srcity.org.

Whitewater Rodeo on Santa Rosa Creek (ages 5 to adult)
Build a toy boat and race it down the shallow rapids. Laughs and prizes, everyone is a winner! Wear shoes that can get wet (no sandals). Don't have time to build a boat? Materials and assistance will be available that morning to craft your own vessel.

Date: Saturday June 10, 2017

Time: 10:000-11:30 AM.

Location: Meet at the Pierson Street bridge, near #5 Pierson St. between W. 3rd St. and W. 6th St.

Contact: Alistair Bleifuss at 543-3845 or creeks@srcity.org.

Creek Activities Sponsored by Non-City Organizations
The following creek events are not sponsored by the City of Santa Rosa. Please note that the City has not verified any of the information listed below and you are encouraged to contact the event's sponsors for any and all information or questions regarding these events.

Get Involved with the Laguna Keepers
Laguna Keepers are the Laguna Foundation's habitat restoration volunteers. Each month from September to May, they give the Laguna a little hands-on love! Volunteers assist in willow sprigging, exotic plant removal, native plant and tree planting, trails construction and maintenance, and restoration project monitoring. Little or no experience or knowledge is needed, training is provided. Keepers meet at locations throughout the Laguna on a Saturday, 9am - noon. Dress for dirt. Snacks are on us, but do bring gloves, water, and a friend! No RSVP required. Only heavy rain cancels.

Date: The Laguna Stewards program runs from September-May.

Time: Typically 9:00 AM - Noon

Contact: Brent Reed, Restoration Projects Supervisor at (707) 527-9277 x101 or email brent@lagunafoundation.org.

Celebrating World Wetlands Day: Laguna Kayaking or Hiking Adventure with Laguna Foundation Staff and Guides
In celebration of World Wetlands Day, we're getting outdoors to experience the Laguna up close and personal, and we'd love to have you join us! If the Laguna water level is high enough and if the weather is cooperative (not too windy or too rainy), we'll go kayaking. Otherwise, we'll go for a hike instead, rain or shine. We'll let you know the day before which activity we'll be doing so you can plan accordingly. $50 Pre-registration required through the LandPaths website: www.landpaths.org.

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Time: 9:00AM - noon

Location:

Contact: $50 Pre-registration required through the LandPaths website: www.landpaths.org.

Cordage-Making Materials and Techniques Workshop with Charlie Kennard
Enjoy a delightful day full of hands-on learning in Heron Hall and around the peaceful Laguna Environmental Center grounds with master weaver, Charlie Kennard. String and rope are made from various parts of many native plants, taking on distinctive appearances and fragrances. We will learn about the different types of fibers, process a variety of plants used by California Indians and others, and use several techniques to make cordage with them. Never be at the end of your rope again! $85. Pre-registration required: through the Laguna Foundation website: www.lagunafoundation.org.

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

Location:

Contact: $85 Pre-registration required through the LandPaths website: www.landpaths.org.

Opening Reception for NEW Heron Hall Art Exhibit "Birds of the Laguna" Paintings by Diana Majumdar
This beautiful exhibit features local artist Diana Majumdar's mixed media and encaustic paintings of birds and landscapes of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. In this show Diana explores the connections between humans and birds in Sonoma County. She combines various media into the finished painting: watercolor, ink, graphite, collage, and chine cholle. Then she seals the surface with wax and paints on top of it with oils. FREE. No RSVP necessary. Light snacks provided.

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017

Time: 3:00-5:00pm

Location:

Contact: FREE. No RSVP necessary. More information through the LandPaths website: www.landpaths.org.

Laguna de Santa Rosa: Historical Ecology and Landscape Change Presentation with Robin Grossinger and Sean Baumgarten, San Francisco Estuary Institute
Join us for a look back in time at the Laguna as it existed 150 years ago. The Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed has been highly modified over the past century and a half, transformed by urbanization, agricultural development, logging, and many other land and water use changes. Nevertheless, remnants of the historical landscape persist, and the Laguna remains a vital ecosystem for a wide range of native plants and animals! $10. Pre-registration required: through the Laguna Foundation website: www.lagunafoundation.org.

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Location:

Contact: $10 Pre-registration required through the LandPaths website: www.landpaths.org.

 

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Please help clean-up creeks. Trash does not belong in them! CLICK ON THE NEWT TO LINK to Recreations Activities Guide for all the Creek Stewardship Activities listed there.  It's a ready to print one page list of most of our clean-ups and activities!

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Photograph of children with trash removed from the creek during a creek clean-up
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