The FREE Kid's Eco-Exploration Guides will be filled with fun eco-friendly activities, reusable items, and so much more! For adults, we will be giving away FREE WaterSmart Toolkits that include flow bag’s, dye tabs, and additional water-saving resources.
Drive-thru, pop your trunk, and be on your way – it’s that easy to celebrate Earth Day with us!
Remember, masks are required.
*To prevent the spread of COID-19, this is a drive-thru only event. Participants must remain in vehicle at all times.
You know where trash lurks in your neighborhood that, with a few people, could be easily cleaned up. Volunteer as household groups participate in our Earth Day Neighborhood Cleanup.
Whether you live right next to a creek or a mile away, all our neighborhoods and streets have storm drains that flow into the closest creek. Take part in the neighborhood cleanup to stop trash from entering our creeks through your neighborhood storm drains.
Cleanups in neighborhoods, parks, along quiet streets, and along local creeks can be done safely with a pair of gloves and a bucket or trash bag. Use common sense. If it is too dangerous or icky – leave it and let us know. Go slow to find all the trash around and watch out for injection needles and other sharp objects such as nails, wire, and broken glass.
** Need trash pickers, gloves, bags, and/or full trash bag pickup? Find an injection needle or need other assistance? Let us know at email@example.com or 707-543-3845.
Ideally, you can dispose of trash in your household garbage. Let us know if other arrangements are needed. If something is too big, too heavy, too foul, or too hard to access, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-543-3845
Water Savings Calculator
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In Santa Rosa there is always a creek nearby to enjoy. Let’s see what surprises our guides find as they explore a few of these creeks. Afterwards, set out on your own safari to find a creek. Creeks run through many parks. Creeks are next to schools. Creeks are crossed by streets more than 200 times. 35 miles of trails follow creeks. There are 20 footbridges over creeks. How many steps to your nearest creek?
100 miles of creeks flow through Santa Rosa. Look for the “Ours to Protect” creek identification signs to discover creeks throughout the city. Find the creeks in your neighborhood, 35 miles of creek trails, and more information in the Creek Trails of Santa Rosa Map and Guide.
Earth Day is celebrated during the spring migration of many bird species. Millions of songbirds are on the move, heading north to their breeding grounds. Local birds are also getting ready for the huge job of nest building and raising a family. We can help by providing some extra food for birds.
Popsicle Stick or butter knife (fingers work too!)
Hang in a tree where birds have some protection and cover
Enjoy watching the birds!
Muffin Tin Scavenger Hunt
Printable Scavenger Hunt (PDF)
Crayons or Markers
Muffin Tin or Egg Carton
Print out scavenger hunt PDF
Cut out the images and place into muffin tin or egg container cups
Use the muffin tin or egg carton to hunt for objects in each cup
Have fun exploring!
Personalize Your Own Ours to Protect Creek Sign
We use the iconic “Ours To Protect” image to connect with the theme of “Ours To Protect”. This activity invites participants to find the Our to Protect closest to their home and explore both physically (taking a creek walk) and mentally “What are we protecting the creeks FROM? Who and what are we protecting the creek FOR?”.
Personalize your own Ours to Protect creek sign by clicking on the “Your Name” Creek box and writing in the name of your neighborhood creek or a creek name of your choosing. Decorate your sign with these creek images and other fun items you find.
A mandala is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning “circle” and is a a geometric figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. Making nature mandalas is a great way for children to become one with nature in a new and creative way.