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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 21 - 29 as "Creek Week".  This will be a time of fun and adventure, with educational activities for everyone at your local creeks and nature areas.  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!

Safe Medicine Round-Up Week
In celebration of National Pollution Prevention Week, September 16 to 20, the Russian River Watershed Association (including Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Windsor, Ukiah, and the Sonoma County Water Agency) and the City of Petaluma are once again sponsoring the Safe Medicine Disposal Round-Up Week! Unwanted medications should not be flushed down the toilet or discarded in the trash. When medications are improperly disposed of, they can end up in the landfills and water supply where they might harm wildlife and disrupt the environment. For information on drop-off site locations please click here.

All Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

Date: For information on the date and locations these drop-off sites please click here.

29th Annual Sonoma County Coast and Creek Clean Up (all ages welcome)
Help keep creeks and beaches clean! Join the 29th Annual Sonoma County Creek and Coast Clean Up. Santa Rosa’s 90 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 link to  Coastwalk or call 707-829-6689.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013

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@ci.santa-rosa.ca.us.

Laguna de Santa Rosa Cleanups
Also part of the 29th Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day are two cleanup sites hosted by the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. For information and to register for these two sites go online to http://coastwalk.org/volunteer/coastalcleanupday/.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013

Time: 9:00 AM - noon.

Contact: For information and to register for these sites go online to Coastwalk.org.

Mendocino Coast Cleanup
Be part of a campaign to clean up Mendocino County's beaches, creeks and the rivers. Contact Jez Anderson at 707-962-0470 or find info online at the Mendocino County Land Trust site.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013

Time: 9:00 AM - noon.

Contact: Jez Anderson at 707-962-0470 or find info online at the Mendocino County Land Trust site.

Gibson Creek Cleanup
Friends of Gibson Creek will be removing trash and garbage from Gibson Creek in Ukiah. Registration is at 9 am at Oak Manor Park. Thanks to a generous donation from RRWA, FOGC will be providing lunch at 12:30 PM to participants. Contact 707-463-2721 for more information.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013

Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

Contact: 707-463-2721 for more information.

Santa Rosa Creek Family Insect Exploration (all ages welcome)
A family-friendly outing of exploration and outdoor fun on Santa Rosa Creek with LandPaths. Connect your youngsters 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. Pre-registration required at www.landpaths.org or call 707-544-7284.

Date: Saturday September 21, 2013

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM.

Location: Meet at the Olive Park footbridge, near 136 Orange Street, Santa Rosa.

Contact: Pre-registration required at www.landpaths.org or call 707-544-7284.

Turtle Talk (all ages welcome)
Join Dr. Nick Geist, Professor of Biology, Sonoma State University for an informative talk about the native and introduced turtles found in our local creeks. Western pond turtles are the only native turtle in Sonoma County, but their numbers have plummeted over the last century. Dr. Geist will discuss the challenges we face in keeping these ancient animals from extinction, show you how to identify them and other non-native species you are likely to encounter, and talk about how research at Sonoma State is helping reverse the turtles' decline.

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM.

Location: Meet at the Olive Park footbridge, 1698 Hazel Street.

Contact: Alistair Bleifuss at 707-543-3845 or ableifuss@ci.santa-rosa.ca.us.

Art Walk along Santa Rosa Creek (all ages welcome)
Join Tara Matheny-Schuster, the City of Santa Rosa's Recreation and Parks Arts Coordinator on an art walk along the Prince Memorial Greenway. See and learn about the many sculptures and murals located along Santa Rosa Creek and nearby in the downtown area.

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM.

Location: Meet at Depot Park in Railroad Square (9 West Fourth Street).

Contact: Tara Matheny-Schuster at 707-543-4512 or tarams@srcity.org.

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 descend down to the creek bed over large rocks and may walk across the creek (water several inches deep). Bring your own flashlight. This tour is not suitable for children under 8 years. There will be two tours; 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm.

Date: Monday, September 23, 2013

Time: Two one hour tours at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm.

Location: Meet at Prince Gateway Park (Santa Rosa Ave and Sonoma Ave).

Contact: Jill Scott at 707-543-4246 or jscott@srcity.org.

Fish Spotting (all ages welcome)
Join National Marine Fisheries Service, Sonoma County Water Agency and City Fisheries biologists to see and learn about 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.

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM.

Location: Meet at the Olive Park footbridge (1698 Hazel Street).

Contact: Alistair Bleifuss at 707-543-3845 or ableifuss@ci.santa-rosa.ca.us.

Kawana Springs/Colgan Creek Headwaters Hike (ages 8&up)
Come explore the headwaters of Kawana Springs/Colgan Creek. This is a fun filled docent-led 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 county landmark, Taylor Mountain provides sweeping 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: Saturday, September 28, 2013

Time: 10:00 AM -1:00 PM.

Location: Meet at 2064 Bedford Street at Colgan Creek Park.

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

Russian River Watershed Cleanup
This is a full morning campaign along 55 miles of the Russian River from Cloverdale to Duncan's Mill. Get involved by participating or contributing to this enormous effort. For more information visit www.russianrivercleanup.org or call 707-887-2302.

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013

Contact: For more information visit www.russianrivercleanup.org or call 707-887-2302.

West Forks Russian River Walk and Cleanup
Volunteers are needed to join teams that will clean up the West Fork of the Russian River from Redwood Valley to the Forks confluence. Teams will gather at Taylor's Tavern in Redwood Valley at 9 AM then disperse to assigned river reaches for trash collection and deposition. For more information visit http://mcrcd.org/events/.

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013

Contact: Cathy Monroe cathymonroe@gmail.com or Shelley Janek shelley.janek@mcrcd.org or visit www.mcrcd.org/events/ for more information.

Rohnert Park Creek Cleanup
The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps and the Sonoma County Water Agency are hosting a creek cleanup in Rohnert Park. For more information contact Ryan Pedrotti at Ryan.pedrotti@scwa.ca.gov or call 707-521-6209.

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013

Contact: For more information contact Ryan Pedrotti at Ryan.pedrotti@scwa.ca.gov or call 707-521-6209.

Remote Control Rock Crawlin! (all ages welcome)
Come out to Santa Rosa Creek under U.S. Highway 101 in the Prince Memorial Greenway to see a North Bay R/C Rock Crawler Club event. Competitors will race against the clock on multiple courses from 9:30 am to 1 pm. For more information contact Jake's Performance Hobbies at 707-586-3375 or visit their website at http://www.jphracing.com.

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2013

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM.

Location: Meet under U.S. Highway 101 along Santa Rosa Creek in the Prince Memorial Greenway.

Contact: For more information contact Jake's Performance Hobbies at 707-586-3375 or visit their website at http://www.jphracing.com. .

Piner Creek Stewardship for Creek Week
ALL AGES ARE WELCOME to learn about and tend our Piner Creek watershed.
1:30 pm Everyone meets at Movement Oasis. We walk together to Piner Creek for orientation and clean-up activities.
3:30-4:30 pm Enjoy Watershed Education with Naturalist Stephanie Lennox and FREE snacks for all volunteers back at Movement Oasis.
Please bring gloves and water. Tools and waste bags provided. Click Here for a event flyer. Co-sponsored by Movement Oasis, the Creek Stewardship Program of Santa Rosa and the Sonoma County Water Agency. .

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2013

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 PM.

Location: Meet at Movement Oasis at 1808-B Empire Ind Ct, Santa Rosa 95403, off Coffey Lane just one block north of Piner Road.

Contact: For any questions contact Lead Steward Michelle Keip at 707-544-2673 or click Here.

 

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Cleaning the creek
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Handmade boat racing
Having Fun

Kids hiking along Santa Rosa Creek
Hiking

Girl looking for insects creek side
Exploring

Woman and girl planting vegetation
Planting

Students ready to take picture of fish in creek
Learning