Help Us Remove Trash and Improve Habitat in our Downtown Creeks

Saturday, May 14th  2016

8:45 AM – Noon

Meet at the Gazebo at Civic Park in Walnut Creek
(corner of Broadway and Civic Drive)

Continental Breakfast at 8:45

Registration at 9:00

Sponsored by the City of Walnut Creek and Friends of the Creeks


Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult
Under 18, parent or guardian must sign waiver form

Signed waiver forms are required for all participants – click here to download and print one
Click here to get a printable version of this whole page or here to get a flyer.

If you have questions, contact us by email at

More Information

Habitat Restoration . . .

A special arundo removal crew. Arundo is an invasive bamboo-like plant that chokes out plants that are good for wildlife. Removing arundo is one of the most effective things we can do to improve the habitat. We will cut the arundo, pass the stalks up to top of bank, and load them into a dumpster. Must be 14 or over.

Butterfly habitat maintenance. Every year we need to tidy up the butterfly habitat and pull weeds.

In General . . .

Registration begins at 9:00. It saves time if you have already completed your waiver form, but of course the forms will be available on site. If you are under 18, your parent or guardian must sign the waiver think ahead.  Free parking passes will also be available. You will be assigned to a crew; each crew will clean one part of the creeks downtown.

You must be at least 7 years old to participate.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Many types of garden gloves are suitable, from stiff leather ones to cloth to anything between. Latex gloves can be useful for picking up small items.

Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes or sneakers that you do not mind getting dirty or wet. Long sleeves and pants will protect you from the underbrush. Other items to consider are a hat, sunscreen, and water.

It is not necessary to bring gardening tools. Occasionally clippers or a pole for loosening trash stuck in trees can be useful.

Occasionally bad weather causes us to cancel the creek cleanup for your safety. If it has been cold or has rained a lot just before the cleanup date, the water may be too cold or too high. If the weather has been doubtful the week before the cleanup, we will make a decision on Thursday whether to cancel the event. Check this website or the Contra Costa Times for an announcement.