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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 October 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

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, October 1, 2016!

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.

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 October 15, 2016

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.

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 November 12 AND December 10, 2016

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.

9th Annual MLK National Day of Service on Piner Creek (all ages welcome)
Bring out your friends and community spirit to help clean up Piner Creek. Heavy rain cancels, in light rain the work continues. Tools and snacks provided.

Date: Monday January 16, 2017

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM.

Location: Meet at 3215 Coffey Lane, on-street parking nearby on Bluebell Drive.

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 and are currently off-season for the summer.

Time: Typically 9:00 AM - Noon

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

Family Birding in the Laguna with Lisa Hug
Take a walk with your whole family in the Laguna de Santa Rosa and learn about the birds of the area. Watching birds is a great way to spend time with your loved ones. It doesn't matter if you are marveling over the huge size of the Great Blue Heron, or admiring the colors on the tiny Lesser Goldfinches, it is a fun activity for people of all ages. FREE. Pre-registration required through the LandPaths website: www.landpaths.org.

Date: Sunday, June 12, 2016

Time: 9:00 - 11:30AM

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.

Messengers of Summer: Sonoma County's Dazzling Dragonflies Workshop with author and dragonfly expert, Kathy Biggs, and special guest Kevin Munroe
Join us as we welcome summer with a special day-long workshop with dragonfly-experts Kathy Biggs and Kevin Munroe. We'll start with a morning presentation by Kathy Biggs in Heron Hall, lunch by the dragonfly-rich pond at the Laguna Environmental Center, followed by fun-filled time in the field. $55. Pre-registration required: through the Laguna Foundation website: www.lagunafoundation.org.

Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30PM

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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 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!

Photograph of volunteers with a tire removed from the creek during a creek clean-up
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