CREEK WEEK, SEPT. 16-24
Sonoma County: Volunteer to remove trash and debris from creeks in the Russian River watershed. Events are planned in Cotati, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Windsor, Guerneville and on ocean beaches in Bodega Bay. Details are available at the Russian River watershed association website, rrwatershed.org.
COASTAL CLEANUPS, SEPT. 16
Sonoma County: Join volunteers in removing trash from beaches, rivers and creeks in the annual California Coastal Clean-Up, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Doran Beach, Steelhead Beach, Sunset Beach and Maxwell Farms regional parks and at Larsen Park in Sonoma County. Contact john Ryan at 707-565-3356. Visit parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov for locations.
OLD GROVE FESTIVAL, SEPT. 16
Guerneville: Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods’ 12th annual Old Grove Festival at the Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve, 17000 Armstrong Woods Road 4:30 to 9 p.m. features Americana and bluegrass live music in the open air Redwood Forest Theater, beer, wine, and food. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Full details and reservations available at stewardscr.org. Call 707-869-2015.
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT, SEPT. 16
Santa Rosa: Meet Marin County photographer Dave Strauss at a free opening reception and exhibit of his wildlife photography 3 to 5 p.m. at Heron Hall in the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road. Light snacks and drinks provided. Strauss’ “Form and Color: It’s Wild Out There” will be on display through Jan. 3. Visit lagunadesantarosa.org for details.
WOMEN’S RETREAT, SEPT. 16-17
Santa Rosa: Explore the landscape of Pepperwood Preserve, 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, at the hilltop Dwight Center for Conservation Science and the Bechtel House retreat cabin Saturday 2 p.m. through 1 p.m. Sunday. The event includes a guided 1 to 3 mile hike with forest bathing, nature art activity, catered dinner, yoga class and catered brunch. Bring a tent or sleep in the Bechtel House. For ages 18 and up. $150 per person and $130 for Preserve members. Register at pepperwoodpreserve.org.
FAMILY HIKES, SEPT. 16
Santa Rosa: Learn about plants and animals and participate in a science project during a family hike at 1 or 3 p.m. at Spring Lake Regional Park, 393 Violetti Road. Meet at the Environmental Discovery Center. Parking $7 or free to Sonoma County Regional Parks members.Visit parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov.
SURFING LESSON, SEPT. 17
Bodega Bay: Get your first surfing lesson from an experienced surfer and lifeguard at Doran Beach Park, 201 Doran Beach Road 9 a.m to noon. Swimming experience, a wet suit and booties required. Wet suit and booties available for rent for $15. The surfing lesson is $10 and parking is $7. Registration required. Call 707 565-3080 or visit parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov.
GO FISHING, SEPT. 17
Santa Rosa: Introductory, family-friendly fresh water fishing class 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Spring Lake Regional Park. Bring your own gear or use a loaner pole. Meet at the boat dock at Violetti Road. $10, registration required at parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov. Parking $7.
SWIFT RETURN, SEPT. 21
Healdsburg: Celebrate the migratory stop of the Vaux swift. Bring a dish for a 5:30 p.m. potluck then caravan to a location where thousands of swifts return to their resting ground at twilight. Bring a lawn chair, binoculars, plates and utensils and dress for a chilly evening. Parking $7. Call 707-565-2041 for information or visit parks.sonomacounty.ca.org.