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Creek explorations,

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cleaning up,

Photograph of children planting native plants, and trees for creek restoration
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 April 1st!

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

Santa Rosa Creek Cleanup Blitz (ages 6 to adult)
Join Clean River Alliance for our 4th and final March cleanup blitz on Santa Rosa Creek. The Alliance is working with the City's Creek Stewardship program to get as much trash out of the creek as possible. Meet at the Pierson Street Bridge, between West Third St. and West Sixth St., just west of Old Railroad Square. Pierson Street is two blocks long and narrow - please be respectful of neighbor's driveways. OK to park on one side of the bridge. Cleanup equipment, water & snacks provided. Bring your own water container. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. RSVP appreciated to Robin at 707-293-8050.

Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM.

Location: Meet near 8 Pierson St. between W. 3rd St and W 6th St, west of Railroad Square.

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

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.

Spring Birding in the Laguna - Bird Watching Adventures with Lisa Hug
In this birding series, we will celebrate Spring by exploring a different non-publicly accessible corner of the Laguna each month. In March we will enjoy the wide variety of waterfowl that utilizes the deep channels of the Laguna that the winter rains have brought. During the months of April and May the resident songbirds will awaken and the colorful migrants will arrive from Central America with their vibrant songs! $45 per class. Pre-registration required: through the Laguna Foundation website: www.lagunafoundation.org.

Date: Sundays, March 26, April 23, and May 21, 2017

Time: 8:30am-1:00pm

Location:

Contact: $45 per class. Pre-registration required through the LandPaths website: www.landpaths.org.

 

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 Join a Creek clean-up

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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 a child holding a boom box removed from the creek during a clean-up
Photograph of a child with household chemicals removed from the creek during a creek clean-up
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