October, 2008
Creek Week 2008

Creek Week is October 2-12!

Creek Week is an annual series of events which highlight our local creeks and watersheds and the many ways to enjoy, restore and protect them. The event is coordinated by the City of Santa Barbara Creeks Division and County Project Clean Water, with events hosted by several community organizations.  There are some great opportunities to get involved in this year’s events, including creek clean-ups, habitat restoration, water quality monitoring, bird walks and family creek exploration. Check out the highlights in this newsletter!

View Creek Week Flyer

Habitat Restoration Opportunities

- Saturday, October 4, 9am-noon: Coal Oil Point Reserve Tour & Habitat Restoration~ Join a guided tour through the Reserve's various ecosystems followed by habitat restoration. Meet at the benches in front of the Cliff House. Call 893-5092

- Sunday, October 5, 9am-noon: Arroyo Hondo Fish Passage Tour & Habitat Restoration ~ Join the Land Trust for Santa Barbara to tour the newly constructed fish passage and participate in habitat restoration. Meet at the preserve, 101S to Caltrans call box 101-409; or 101N to call box 101-412. Call 567-1115

-Friday, October 10, 10am-1pm: Community Planting Day at Oak Park ~ Help clean and re-vegetate a section of Mission Creek at Oak Park. Meet at the south end of Oak Park near the parking lot. Lunch is provided for volunteers. Call 897-2606

Creek Fun for the Family

-Thursday, October 2, 4-6pm: Creek Exploration, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ~
explore the Museum's creekside habitat and see what wonders you can discover in your own backyard. 682-4711X170

-Saturday, October 4, 1-4pm: Eco-Fair & Carnival at Washington Elementary. Fun games and educational activities for the family!

-Monday, October 6, 4-5:30pm: Pershing Park Creek Exploration with Housing Authority of Santa Barbara, People's Self Help Housing and Agua Pura. Join in for a creek clean-up, water quality testing and art. Call 730-118 for more information.

-Sunday, October 12, 11am-4pm. Watershed Celebration & Creek Week "Closing Ceremonies" at the Watershed Resource Center. Bring the family for fun activities, Chumash tomol and storytelling, water bugs and more! Call 884-0459X16

Creek Clean-Ups

There are many creek clean-ups planned as part of this year's Creek Week. You can join the Environmental Defense Center on October 8 to help clean up Mission Creek, or join the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara to clean Lighthouse Creek on the Mesa. There are several creek clean-ups planned in Carpinteria as well as in Goleta along Hospital & Devereux Creeks. Check the website for complete listings and find the creek clean-up nearest your neighborhood!

And More Events!

Other Creek Week Highlights:

* Bird Walk at the Harbor with Santa Barbara Audubon
* Water Quality Sampling with SB Channelkeeper
* Beach Run with UCSB Coastal Fund
* Tree Plantings with the City of Goleta
* An Ellwood Mesa clean-up at Sperling Preserve
* and More!

Check the website or local papers for a complete calendar

"Green Home~Blue Ocean" Community Forum

Wednesday, October 8, 6-8pm at the Cabrillo Pavilion, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd.

A free community forum focusing on simple things you can do to protect ccean water quality, with guest speaker Darla Inglis, Director of the Central Coast Low Impact Development Center. Enter to win prizes including a rain barrel, compost bin, native plants and more! Refreshments provided.

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