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SAVE THE DATES SEPT 20-28 FOR Creek Week

Creek Week is a week-long celebration of our local creeks.  Throughout the Russian River and Santa Rosa Creek areas, cities, counties and other stewardship organizations are coming together to declare September 20 - 28 as "Creek Week".  This will be a time of fun and adventure, with educational activities for everyone at your local creeks and nature areas.  See below for a variety of activities you can join in on the fun.  All our creeks are a rich and diverse system which provides water supply, wildlife habitat, flood capacity, recreation, and aesthetic values to all who live in and visit them.

Pollution, trash and debris damages the aesthetic and biological qualities of local waterways, impacting current efforts to restore and enhance habitat for fish and wildlife.  The health of our creeks and rivers depends on us. Look through the events below for ways to enjoy, learn and care for your creeks.   Children should be accompanied by an adult for all events.

 Check out these Great Events!

30th Annual Sonoma County Coast and Creek Clean Up (ages 5 and up)
Help keep creeks and beaches clean! Join the 30th Annual Sonoma County Creek and Coast Clean Up. Santa Rosa’s 100 miles of creeks flow to the Russian River and then out to the Pacific Ocean. Up to 80% of ocean debris originates from land-based sources. Gloves, tools, and snacks provided. Come out and enjoy your creek! For beach clean up information call 707-829-6689.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM - noon.

Location: Meet at Doyle Park at the Doyle Park Drive entrance, south of Sonoma Ave.

Contact: Alistair Bleifuss at 707-543-3845 or ableifuss@srcity.org.

Santa Rosa Creek Cleanup (ages 5 and up)
Help keep creeks and beaches clean! Santa Rosa’s 100 miles of creeks flow can carry trash and debris to the Russian River and then out to the Pacific Ocean. Sonoma County Water Agency will be leading this cleanup of a lower reach of Santa Rosa Creek.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM - noon.

Location: Meet at Santa Rosa Creek @ Stony Point Rd.

Contact: Alistair Bleifuss at 707-543-3845 or ableifuss@srcity.org.

Santa Rosa Creeks as seen from Taylor Mountain Regional Park (ages 8 and up)
Come explore the headwaters of Kawana Springs/Colgan Creek. This is a fun filled hike from Colgan Park through neighborhoods and winding up to the headwaters in Taylor Mountain Regional Park where we will be able to see the entire watershed. A prominent country landmark, Taylor Mountain provides sweekping views of the Santa Rosa Plain, and its oak woodlands, meadows, wetlands and springs are habitat for a variety of wildlife. Learn more about this unique watershed while getting in a moderately strenuous four mile hike. Bring comfortable walking shoes, water, sunscreen, hat, snack and bagged lunch.

Date: Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM - noon.

Location: Meet at Taylor Mountain Regional Park Parking Lot.

Contact: Sean McNeil at 707-543-4225 or smcneil@srcity.org.

Colgan Creek Restoration Walk
The Colgan Creek Restoration Hike is a guided walk along the restoration reach of this important creek in Santa Rosa. The hike will start on the creek in front of Elsie Allen High School, which is currently being restored, and travel upstream 1.2 miles toward the project limits which is planned to be restored soon. This is a unique opportunity to see and learn about the Colgan Creek Restoration Plan and see the results of the first phase and the plans for phase 2 and phase 3 of the project. The hike is family friendly and will cover approximately 2.5 miles along a relatively flat unpaved trail.

Date: Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

Time: 5:30-7 PM.

Location: Colgan Creek (meet at Elsie Allen High School Parking Lot).

Contact: Sean McNeil at 707-543-4225 or smcneil@srcity.org.

Brush Creek Restoration Walk
Join City Biologist Steve Brady and learn about Brush Creek and the progress of the 1999 creek restoration project between Flat Rock and Highway 12. The area was an earthern flood control channel that was restored to a more natural stream with in-stream habitat features and native riparian plantings. Meet at Flat Rock Circle and the footbridge over Brush Creek. The walk will be on level terrain on paved trails.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Time: 5:30-7 PM.

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

Contact: Alistair Bleifuss at 707-543-3845 or ableifuss@srcity.org.

Piner Creek Walk
Join Creek Stewardship Coordinator Alistair Bleifuss for an evening stroll along Piner Creek. Learn about balancing flood control with the natural habitat that creeks provide in our urban environment. This is a great opportunity to offer your suggestions to help keep our creeks healthy and safe. The walk is on level terrain on gravel trails.

Date: Wednesday Sept. 24, 2014

Time: 5:30-6:30 PM.

Location: Meet at Valdes Drive and Piner Creek.

Contact: Alistair Bleifuss at 707-543-3845 or ableifuss@srcity.org.

Paulin Creek Walk
Join teacher, hiker, and environmental advocate Carol Vellutini for a walk through the Paulin Creek Preserve. Carol started the first beach clean ups in Sonoma .County, led numerous outings for the Sierra Club, and has been a steady voice to protect the beauty and natural treasures of Sonoma County.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Time: 5:30-7:30 PM.

Location: Meet at the East end of the County parking lot across from Chanate Road and Sutter Hospital.

Contact: Alistair Bleifuss at 707-543-3845 or ableifuss@srcity.org..

Sierra Park Creek Clean-up
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, Sept. 27, 2014

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM.

Location: Sierra Park Creek (meet at Strawberry School, 2311 Horseshoe Drive).

Contact: For more information on this or other projects call Bennett Valley Vision at 545-2224.

Kawana Springs Creek Cleanup
Help care for this future park site along Kawana Springs Creek! Volunteers will spread woodchips on the footpath, help clear weeds, pick up trash, and more. Tools and light snacks provided. Bring work gloves and water. For more information, contact Recreation Parks Volunteer Coordinator at 543-3279.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM- 12:00PM.

Location: Kawana Springs Creek park site (meet at Meda Avenue near Kawana Springs Rd).

Contact: For more information, contact Recreation Parks Volunteer Coordinator at 543-3279.

FAMILY FUN DAY (all ages)
Celebrate our local creeks with free family-friendly activities. All of our creeks are part of a rich and diverse system that provides water supply, wildlife habitat, flood protection, recreation and open space. Visit our information booths to learn eco-crafts from the Environmental Discovery Ctr, how to protect the water in our creeks, and source of your drinking water from the Sonoma County Water Agency. Find out how NMFS is protecting fish like salmon and steelhead trout and how the feral cats in your neighborhoods can be cared for. See if you can you tell the difference between tap and bottled water while your parents learn how to conserve water and save money. Enjoy the walk along Santa Rosa Creek between Gateway Park at Santa Rosa Avenue to Olive Park at Olive/Hazel/Orange Streets. SEE below for the adventures you can participate in:

Date: Saturday Sept. 27, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM-2:00PM.

Location: Prince Memorial Greenway (Santa Rosa Creek) between Gateway Park at Santa Rosa/Sonoma Avenues to Olive Park at Olive/Hazel/Orange Streets.

Contact: Jenifer Piccinini at 707-543-4290 or JPiccinini@srcity.org.

Passport and Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Games
Take a tour around the creek and get your passport stamped at each adventure or booth! Pick up your passport at any booth and then start your trip. As you explore collect at least six stamps for a prize!
Get a Scavenger Hunt packet at a Gateway Park booth. Then explore Prince Memorial Greenway to check off the items on the list. How observant are you? Have fun trying to find everything on the list!

FAMILY FUN DAY

Time: 10 AM-2 PM.

Location: Get your Passport Game Card and a Scavenger Hunt packet from one of the booths at Gateway or Olive Parks.

Insect Exploration
A family friendly outing of exploration and outdoor fun on the Santa Rosa Creek with LandPaths. Connect your youngster with the outdoors as we explore and discover the exciting world of aquatic insects. Easy walk and exploration made possible by LandPaths donors like you. Rubber boots are optional. Pre-registration required at www.landpaths.org or call 707-544-7284.

FAMILY FUN DAY

Time: 11-Noon & 12-1 PM.

Location: Meet at the Olive Park footbridge.

Turtle Talk
Come and learn about one of Santa Rosa Creek’s oldest residents, the western pond turtle. Learn about the history in of this species in California, and the efforts people are making to conserve them.  Participants will learn how to view turtles in the wild and how to identify our one native species.

FAMILY FUN DAY

Time: 12:30-1 PM and 1:30-2 PM.

Location: Meet at the Olive Park footbridge..

Art Walk along Santa Rosa Creek
Join Tara Thompson, the City of Santa Rosa's Recreation and Parks Arts Coordinator on a walk along the Prince Memorial Greenway to see and learn about the sculptures and murals located along Santa Rosa Creek and nearby in the downtown area.

FAMILY FUN DAY

Time: 11:30 AM.

Location: Meet at Prince Gateway Park.

Downtown Underground (ages 8 and up)
Take a tour of the huge underground culvert that runs under downtown Santa Rosa. This is a very fun and interesting tour! Wear your sturdy shoes for rocks and uneven footing getting into the culvert. We'll descend to the creek bed over large rocks and may walk across the creek (the water is several inches deep). Bring your own flashlight. This tour is not suitable for children under 8 years.

FAMILY FUN DAY

Time: 10-11 AM and 1-2 PM.

Location: Meet at Prince Gateway Park .

Fish Spotting
Join National Marine Fisheries Service, Sonoma County Water Agency and City biologists to see and learn about the fishes of Santa Rosa Creek as they sample along the Prince Memorial Greenway. Biologists will show different methods of capturing fish, explain the life cycles and interactions of the various species, and have underwater viewing scopes available for your use. This is a fascinating experience for youth and people of all ages. Rubber boots are optional.

FAMILY FUN DAY

Time: 11AM-Noon and 1-2 PM PM.

Location: Meet at the Olive Park footbridge.

 

 Join in the Fun

Cleaning the creek
Creek Clean Up


 Mother and kids looking for insects at the creek
Insect Exploration

Family Celebrating Local Art
Art Walk

Family explores under City Hall
Downtown Underground

Children touching a fish!
Fish Spotting

Residents enjoy panoramic views from Taylor Mountain
Guided Hike

A turtle rests on a table during Turtle Talk
Turtle Talk