Monday, July 25, 2011

Clean Our Green" expands our connections with Spirit Creek

About 20 enthusiastic adults and kids showed up to tend Spirit Creek for the "Clean Our Green" event on July 16. Besides our regular creek clean-up, this time the group's first activity was to observe and appreciate the signs of progress of our efforts over the past 5 years stewarding Spirit Creek. This sparked conversation about dynamics between native and invasive plants and animals, wilderness corridors, the joys of being in nature and more. We envisioned a dedicated network of creek stewards in groups like ours, all "adopting" a stretch of creek to care for and being responsible for the 92 miles of creeks in Santa Rosa.

Other highlights of the event were Stephanie Lennox's joyful sharing of environmental education as we worked and Randy Urry's dip with nets into the headwaters which produced lots of bugs and "Surprise!" an abundance of crawdads hiding in the mud. Randy's sifting screens and magnifying glasses extended our lively hands-on inquiry into the macro invertebrates of Spirit Creek. Everyone agreed we want to have more of this kind of learning at our events in the future.

Reminder: Everyone's invited to the Spirit Creek Day Visioning meeting on Sunday July 31, 12:45 to 2pm in room 3. Come to be part of preparing for our 5th Annual spirit Creek Day on Oct. 1 or contact me, Michelle Keip, if you can't come to the meeting but want to participate at 544-2673 or

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How does it all get done?

The Center Leadership Team meets monthly to discuss administrative and facilities matters.

Did you know that you can read the minutes of all the meetings of our Center online at

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