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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 JUNE 4th!

Time: 10:00 AM - noon

Location: Meet at Olive Park.

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

NEW! First Saturday Prince Greenway Tours (all ages)
On the first Saturday of February through August of 2016 learn about history, art, plants, and more during a stroll along the Prince Greenway with Bill Montgomery. Bill will share tales of Santa Rosa and throw in a pinch of wildlife friendly landscaping in urban environments.

Date: First SATURDAY of each month (February to August)

Time: 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Location: Meet at Olive Park near 105 Olive St..

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

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 18, 2016

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM.

Location: Meet at 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, 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: Saturdays Feb. 20, Mar. 12, Apr. 16, and May 14, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - Noon

Location: See Event Calendar.

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

Nestward Migration: Delta Pond Rookery Walks, Docent-led walks to visit a Double-crested Cormorant nesting site
At a hidden Laguna location off Willowside Road, not usually open to the public, is an impressive nesting colony of Double Crested Cormorants with some Great Blue Heron friends, too. Laguna Docents will lead informative walks along the Laguna trails to the nesting site! $15 per person. Pre-registration required. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Laguna Walks and Classes

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016

Time: two walk times to choose from: 8:00am and 8:45am

Location: Details sent upon registration.

Contact: Anita Smith, Public Education Manager and Heron Hall Manager at (707) 527-9277 x110 or email anita@lagunafoundation.org.

Opening Reception! Natural Inspirations: The Russian River Watershed in Fabric, Fiber Arts Exhibit by the Pointless Sisters Art Quilt Group
Heron Hall's newest art exhibit, Natural Inspirations: The Russian River Watershed in Fabric, consists of new quilts created for a recent exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, reflecting the diversity of the watershed and highlighting the agriculture, wildlife and natural resources of the area, including the Laguna de Santa Rosa. FREE. No RSVP necessary.

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016

Time: 3:00-5:00pm

Location: Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Contact: Anita Smith, Public Education Manager and Heron Hall Manager at (707) 527-9277 x110 or email anita@lagunafoundation.org.

Full Moon Exploration of Irwin Creek with Laguna Foundation Staff
During this special evening walk on the full-moon, our Restoration & Conservation Science Director Wendy Trowbridge & our Executive Director, Kevin Munroe will give a behind the scenes look at restoration work under way along Irwin Creek. We will also focus on the critters large and small that come out at dusk and the plants used in restoration work that support wildlife, water quality and us all. FREE. Pre-registration required through LandPaths: www.landpaths.org

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016

Time: 8:30am-1:00pm

Location: Meet at Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Contact: Pre-registration required through LandPaths: www.landpaths.org.

Spring Birding in the Laguna, Birdwatching and Natural History Walk with Lisa Hug
In this last class of Lisa's spring birding series, we will celebrate Spring by exploring another non-publicly accessible corner of the Laguna. In April-May, the resident songbirds awaken and the colorful migrants arrive from Central America with their vibrant songs. This series is suitable for all skill levels, from beginning birder to advanced. $45 per person. Pre-registration required. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Laguna Walks and Classes

Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016

Time: 8:30am-1:00pm

Location: Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Contact: Anita Smith, Public Education Manager and Heron Hall Manager at (707) 527-9277 x110 or email anita@lagunafoundation.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
Photograph of children with teddy bears removed from the creek during a creek clean-up