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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!

30th Annual International Coast and Creek Clean Up - Spring and Matanzas Creeks (ages 5 and up)
Help keep our creeks and beaches clean! Join the 30th Annual International Coast and Creek Clean Up and clean Spring and Matanzas Creeks at Doyle Park! Hosted by the City of Santa Rosa. 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 AM - 12 PM.

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 Creeks as seen from Taylor Mountain Regional Park (ages 8 and up)
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. Along the hike we will pass through Colgan Creek and Todd Creek watersheds, but we will also see Santa Rosa Creek, Cooper Creek, Matanzas Creek and many other creeks. This is a moderately strenuous four mile hike. Bring comfortable walking shoes, water, sunscreen, hat, and snacks. Parking is free with a Regional Parks Membership pass or $7 for a day pass.

Date: Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

Time: 9 AM - 12 PM.

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 at Colgan Creek in front of Elsie Allen High School, which is currently being restored, and travel 1.2 miles upstream toward the project limits where a restoration will be starting soon. This is a unique opportunity to see and learn about the Colgan Creek Restoration Plan and view 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 Park and Highway 12. The area was restored from an earthen flood control channel to a more natural creek with improved instream 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).

Contact: Steve Brady at 707-543-3919 or sbrady@srcity.org.

Piner Creek Walk
Join Creek Stewardship Program 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 an interpretive and history filled 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. Wear light hiking boots for the rougher sections of the hike.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Time: 5:30-7:00 PM.

Location: Meet at the East end of the County parking lot across Chanate Road from Sutter Hospital. Call for directions if needed.

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

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.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Time: 9AM- 12PM.

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

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

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 walk along Santa Rosa Creek between Prince Gateway Park and Olive Park and stop to enjoy the fun and exciting creek activities along the way (for more information see the event listings below). Visit our informational booths to learn eco-crafts from the Environmental Discovery Center, learn how to protect the water in our creeks and source of your drinking water from the Sonoma County Water Agency, find out how the National Marine Fisheries Service is protecting fish like salmon and steelhead trout, ask Forgotten Felines how the feral cats in your neighborhoods can be cared for, and see if you can you tell the difference between tap and bottled water while your parents learn how to conserve water and save money. Free parking available at the City Hall Parking Lot (100 Santa Rosa Ave, across from Prince Gateway Park) and at Parking Garage 12 (555 1st Street, 1 block north of Prince Gateway Park).

Date: Saturday Sept. 27, 2014

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.


Passport and Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Games
Take a tour around the creek and get your passport stamped at each stop! As you explore and participate, collect at least six stamps and win a prize! As you walk, try and find everything on the self-guided scavenger hunt list!


Time: 10 AM-2 PM.

Location: Get your Passport Game Card and a Scavenger Hunt packet at the Stormwater and Creeks booth in Gateway Park or the Hydration Station in Olive 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.


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. 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.


Time: 11AM-12PM and 1-2PM.

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 youngster with the outdoors as we explore and discover the exciting world of aquatic insects. Easy walk and exploration. Rubber boots are optional. Register with LandPaths at www.landpaths.org.


Time: 11-12PM and 12-1PM.

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, mosaics, and murals located along Santa Rosa Creek.


Time: 11:30 AM.

Location: Meet at Prince Gateway Park.

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.


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

Location: Meet at the Olive Park footbridge..

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.

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 lead this clean up of Santa Rosa Creek. Gloves and tools provided. Come out and enjoy your creek!

Date: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Time: 9 AM - 12 PM.

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

Contact: Ryan Pedrotti with the Sonoma County Water Agency at 707-521-6209 or ryan.pedrotti@scwa.ca.gov.

Sierra Park Creek Clean-up
Continue the care of this little creek with Strawberry School, scouts, and neighbors on Bennett Valley Clean Up Day.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Time: 9-11 AM.

Location: Sierra Park Creek (meet at Strawberry School).

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


 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