28th Annual Creek Week Schedule of Events

It’s Time to Spotlight Community Creeks

28th Annual Creek Week: EARTH, WATER, SKY – CREEKS!

Sacramento— Mark your calendars! Friday, April 6th to Saturday, April 14th, 2018 for the 28th annual Creek Week. Don’t miss out! There is always something for everyone during Creek Week! Make plans to participate in one or more of the many fun and educational activities for all ages and volunteer at the annual community-wide cleanup and celebration!

Splash Off

April 6th, 11 am – Noon

Join us as we Splash Off Creek Week! We thank our sponsors and recognize the 2018 Creek Stewart award winner– Mira Loma High School for their Arcade Creek Project.

Powerhouse Science Center. More information at http://www.creekweek.net/activities.html.

Bufferlands Birds & Blooms Tour

Saturday, April 7th, 8:30 am – 10:30 am

The Fishhead Lake mitigation wetlands and surrounding uplands are home to waterfowl, songbirds and raptors. Native wildflowers bloom in early spring. Visitors will receive a packet of native flower seeds. Meeting location is weather-dependent. More information at http://www.creekweek.net/activities.html.

Arcade Creek Exploration

Saturday, April 7th, 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon

Explore Arcade Creek’s “creek zone” with biologists. Learn about riparian habitats, diversity and see first-hand how scientific tools are used. Del Paso Regional Park Natural Area.

More information at http://www.creekweek.net/activities.html.

Water Wonderful World

Saturday, April 7th, 10:30 am

Explore the local waterways. Take a hike to the river and learn about its journey; see the kinds of animals living in and along its edge, and learn the importance of keeping our local waterways clean. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More information at http://www.creekweek.net/activities.html.

Living in Water

Sunday April 8th 1:30 p.m.

Discover the hidden world of water insects and polliwogs! Using catch and release activities get a close-up look at these amazing little animals living in our ponds and local waterways.

Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More information at http://www.creekweek.net/activities.html.

 Mather Vernal Pool Public Tours

Critter Walks: Sunday, March 4th & 18th at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Flower Walks: Sunday, April 8th & 29th at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

Join Sacramento Splash for a 2-hour tour of the Mather Field vernal pools. Vernal pools are so diverse and a wonder to see!

In March, the vernal pools should be filled with water to view the unique critters that can only live in this rare habitat.

In April, the warmth of the sun evaporates the water giving rise to the flower phase. Depending upon factors like the soil and hydrology conditions, each pool will showcase its own unique assortment of critters and flowers. More information at http://www.creekweek.net/activities.html.

West Nature Area Tour at former McClellan AFB

Tuesday, April 10th, 10:00 am – Noon

Take a tour of the West Nature Area at the former McClellan Air Force Base. Visitors will learn about the long-term conservation plans for this 220-acre wildlife preserve and their ongoing remediation and restoration efforts including the site’s natural resources and protected species, as well as habitat management like beaver dam-building activity and invasive plants.

More information at http://www.creekweek.net/activities.html.

Creatures of the Creek

Wednesday, April 11th 6:00 pm until dark

Join Bufferlands biologists on a walking tour of Morrison and Laguna Creeks. Explore the restored habitats of the Bufferlands in search of the animals which call the local creeks their home. Sightings of fish, turtles, herons and beavers are all possible as we roam this unique area! The meeting location is weather-dependent. More information at http://www.creekweek.net/activities.html.

Steelhead Creek Beaver Pond Walk

Wednesday, April 11th, 6:30 pm

Early evening is the best time to see beaver activity and lots of other local wildlife. Take a stroll with Mary Tappel through Wolfe Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. NOTE: this event will be cancelled in the case of heavy rain. More information at http://www.creekweek.net/activities.html.

Clean Up and Celebration!

Saturday, April 14th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Find clean up locations and register online at http://www.creekweek.net/volunteer.html

First We Clean!

9 am – Noon, County-wide

Volunteers are needed for trash and debris removal on Clean-up day!

Then We Celebrate!

Noon – 2 pm, Carmichael Park

Free Lunch & T-shirt for volunteers

Exhibits, fun activities & contests

Red Shoe Productions Entertainment

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