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Creek Week Celebration 2015 

SAVE THE DATES SEPT 19-27 FOR CREEK WEEK

Join us for Creek Week, a week-long celebration of our local creeks! Our creeks and rivers are part of a rich and diverse system that provides water supply, wildlife habitat, flood capacity, recreation, and aesthetic values to all who live near or visit them. The health of our creeks and rivers depends on us! 

Creek Week offers many opportunities to enjoy, explore, and care for your creeks, including exciting activities on Family Fun Day! See below for the list of activities so you can join in on the fun!

All children must be accompanied by an adult for all events. Free parking will be available for the Family Fun Day event at the City Hall Parking Lot (100 Santa Rosa Avenue, located across the street from Prince Gateway Park) and at Parking Garage 12 (555 1st Street).

 Check out these Great Events!

31st Annual Sonoma County Coast and Creek Clean Up (ages 5 and up)
Keep the beaches clean! Join the 31st 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. For beach clean ups contact Coastwalk at 829-6689.

Date: Saturday September 19, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m. - noon.

Location: Roseland Creek cleanup, meet at Pear Blossom Park, 2850 Pear Blossom Drive.

Contact: For local creek cleanups, Steve Brady at 543-3845 or sbrady@srcity.org.

31st Annual Sonoma County Coast and Creek Clean Up (ages 5 and up)
Keep the beaches and creeks clean! Volunteer for the 31st Annual Sonoma County Creek and Coast Clean Up along the Prince Memorial Greenway. Gloves, tools, and snacks provided. For beach clean ups contact Coastwalk at 829-6689.

Date: Saturday September 19, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m. - noon.

Location: Olive Park footbridge. Near 105 Olive Street. On-street parking.

Contact: For local creek cleanups, Alistair Bleifuss at 543-3845 or ableifuss@srcity.org.

6th Annual Creek Week Celebration (all ages)
A week-long celebration of our local creeks with educational and adventurous activities for everyone. Our many creeks are part of a rich and diverse system that provides water supply, wildlife habitat, flood protection, recreation and open space.

Date: September 19 through 27, 2015

Information: Check out the Creek Week activities below for times and locations.

Destination Yoga - Creek Walk to Flat Rock Park
Check in at 8:15 am. Walk starts at 8:30 am, sharp. Join us to explore not one, but three, creeks on this combo hike and yoga class. Take an "urban excursion" with experienced teacher Tiffany MacNeil, as we find hidden nature in Northeast Santa Rosa along Ducker Creek, Brush Creek and Santa Rosa Creek. We'll stop at Flat Rock Park for an al fresco yoga class. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.

Date: Sunday September 20, 2015

Time: Meet at 8:15 AM, Hike starts at 8:30 AM.

Location: Meet at the Montecito Center (6400 Montecito Blvd) in front of Ozzie's Grill.

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

Todd Creek Clean Up (ages 8 and up)
Join the Theta Chapter of Sonoma State University's Sigma Pi Alpha sorority to clean up along the trails of this hidden creek. Volunteer for as long as you can. Gloves, tools, and snacks provided. Please bring a water bottle.

Date: Sunday September 20, 2015

Time: 1:00 - 6:00 PM

Location: Todd Creek near 315 Bucks Road, 1 block north of E. Todd Rd. and 1 east of Santa Rosa Ave.

Contact: For more information call Stephanie at 707-206-5147 or stephanie@envirichment.com.

Brush Creek 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. The walk will be on level terrain on paved trails.

Date: Tuesday September 22, 2015

Time: 5:30-7:00 PM

Location: Meet at Flat Rock Circle and the footbridge over Brush Creek. On-street parking.

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

Colgan Creek Restoration Project Day
Join the Redwood Empire Trout Unlimited and the City of Santa Rosa to help clean up Colgan Creek and get the restoration site ready for the winter rains. We will pick up trash, install new plants and remove weeds. This event is open to everyone. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a refillable water bottle. We will provide gloves, trash bags, trash pickers and all the tools needed to install new plants.

Date: Wednesday September 23, 2015

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM.

Location: Meet at the creek trail near the corner of Burgess Drive and Bellevue Avenue. Parking is available on Bellevue and at Elsie Allen High School.

Contact: For more information contact Sean McNeil at 543-4225 or smcneil@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 September 23, 2015

Time: 5:30 -6:30 PM.

Location: Meet at Valdes Drive near the Piner Creek crossing. On-street parking.

Contact: For more information contact Alistair Bleifuss at 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 September 24, 2015

Time: 5:30-7:30 PM.

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

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

FAMILY FUN DAY (all ages)
Celebrate our local creeks with these free family-friendly activities. Win a prize when you complete the Family Fun Day Passport! Enjoy the beautiful 0.42 mile walk along Santa Rosa Creek between Prince Gateway Park at Santa Rosa Ave and Olive Park. Stop to enjoy the fun and exciting creek activities along the way (for more information see the event listings below). Visit all our informational booths. See and touch tide pool animals at the Environmental Discovery Center with info. on parks and natural history of our area. See a river otter up close (stuffed treat). Sonoma/Marin Mosquito and Vector Control District will bring some live aquatic insects for kids to study, and we'll have erasable drawing boards and pens so that kids can draw what they see. Post a photo to their Facebook page, a winner will be chosen to receive an artist kit. Learn about yellowjackets, mosquitoes and rodents who are often found around our creeks. Find out how the National Marine Fisheries Service is protecting fish like salmon and steelhead trout and ask Forgotten Felines how the feral cats in your neighborhoods can be cared for. Come to Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue booth to learn about your local native wild animals! Touch fur and feathers, find out about what a wildlife rehabilitation center does, and see pictures of our patients.

Date: Saturday Sept. 26, 2015

Time: 10AM-2PM.

Location: Prince Memorial Greenway on Santa Rosa Creek between Prince Gateway Park (171 Santa Rosa Ave) and Olive Park (105 Orange St).

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

FREE PARKING AT CITY HALL LOT (100 Santa Rosa Ave, across from Prince Gateway Park) AND PARKING GARAGE 12 (555 1st Street, 1 block north of Prince Gateway Park).

Passport and Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Games
At each park ask questions at the display booths and join the events listed below so you can get your passport stamped! Collect at least six stamps and win a prize! As you explore the parks and creek areas, see if you can find everything on the self-guided scavenger hunt list!

FAMILY FUN DAY

Time: 10 AM-2 PM.

Location: Get your Passport Game Card and a Scavenger Hunt packet at the Hydration Stations in both Olive and Prince Gateway Parks.

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. You must be able to climb over a fence and large rocks to reach the creek bed. We will also walk across the creek (the water could be several inches deep). Bring your own flashlight. This tour is not suitable for children under 8 years.

FAMILY FUN DAY

Time: 10:00 AM and 1:00 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. 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: 10:00 and 11:00AM.

Location: Meet at the Olive Park footbridge.

Insect Exploration
A family friendly outing of exploration and outdoor fun on Santa Rosa Creek with LandPaths. Connect your youngsters to the outdoors & celebrate 'Creek Week' as we explore & discover the exciting world of aquatic insects along the Santa Rosa Creek near Olive Park. Easy walk & exploration. Rubber boots are optional. Register with LandPaths at www.landpaths.org.

FAMILY FUN DAY

Time: 12:00 PM and 1:00PM.

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 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: 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM.

Location: Meet at Olive Park..

C2: Alternative Services Booth and Lotería (Bingo)
C2/Nuestra Tierra will be promoting recycling for Sonoma County residents by giving out information on oil recycling, disposing of toxics properly, recycling of electronics, and water conservation. Also play Loteria (Mexican Bingo) for prizes.

FAMILY FUN DAY

Time: Loteria will be played at 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM.

Location: Meet at Prince Gateway Park..

Contact: For information on all these events contact Jenifer Piccinini at 707-543-4290 or jpiccinini@srcity.org

Creek Activities Sponsored by Non-City Organizations
The following is a list of other organization's creek events which 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.

Creek Clean-up near Ukiah
The Friends of Gibson Creek will hold their annual event on Saturday, September 19. Contact Linda at kaderli@juno.com for more information.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015

Contact: For more information contact Linda at kaderli@juno.com.

The Upper Russian River Clean-up
The Ukiah Area Upper Russian River Clean-up will be held on September 26. Last year, we removed 3 tons of trash and recycling from the river! We can do it again! Come out in sturdy closed-toed shoes and leather gloves. Can your group help with the event? Want to be a Team Leader? Contact Deborah at deborah.edelman@mcrcd.org for more information.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

Location: Meet at Taylor's Tavern in Redwood Valley at 9 AM

Contact: For more information contact Deborah at deborah.edelman@mcrcd.org.

 

 Join in the Fun

Cleaning the creek
Creek Clean Up

Picture of Brush Creek near Flatrock park
Destination Yoga

A picture of a cross section view of Roseland creek
Roseland Creek

Information table for Forgotten Felines with staffer talking to two children.
Forgotten Felines


 Father and sons looking for insects at the creek
Insect Exploration

Group looking for insects in the creek and on the bank
Find Insects in creek

Group in Gateway Park ready to go in a storm drain
Downtown Underground

Group in entering the large storm drain culvert
Downtown Underground2

Children looking at fish in the creek!
Fish Spotting

Children around a table making button signs!
Making Buttons

Children painting fish!
Art Projects

A turtle rests on a table during Turtle Talk
Turtle Talk

City staff talks about the Western Pond Turtle
Turtle Talk Two

Recycling information table and banner
Recycling Info

Child strolling in the creek!
Walk a Creek!