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February 2018 Newsletter

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February 2018
Clean Up Saturday, February 3 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Clean Up @ Northgate Blvd Access, Ages 18+
Work Day Saturday, February 24 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Work Day @ Native Plant Garden
Clean Up Saturday, March 3 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Clean Up @ Howe Ave
Invasive Plant Removal Invasive Plant Removal Work Day Work Day Clean Up Clean Up Event Special Event
Sustainable Saturdays
Join us for volunteer events on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of every month at various locations along the American River Parkway (some months will be adjusted for special events and holidays).

Questions? Email us!

Paradise Beach Cleanup
Pictured: Volunteers with their haul at our first cleanup of 2018 at Paradise Beach
Thank you to the 156 volunteers who contributed 469.2 hours to the American River Parkway in January. Volunteers removed 1,385 pounds of trash and 10,466 invasive plants, including red sesbania, Spanish and French broom, and Chinese tallow. We also welcomed a volunteer group from Improve Your Tomorrow to help prepare the Campfire Outdoor Educational Site for students. January Numbers

New Board Members
John is the Governmental Relations & Public Affairs Representative for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company. At PG&E, John serves as the primary government/public affairs contact for the greater Sacramento Region working with various Community Leaders/Groups, aids the various lines of business (Gas, Electric, Renewables, etc.), oversees the day-to-day operations of various projects/company initiatives and coordinates with counterparts throughout California.

John also serves as PG&E's community relations representative for the area and serves on a variety of nonprofit boards and community initiatives.

A graduate of CSU Sacramento, John lives in Sacramento County with his wife and two children.

Why I Love the Parkway
The American River Parkway is the hidden jewel of the Sacramento region. The Parkway serves as the best opportunity for my family and I to get away and really connect with nature.

Jim retired in 2006 after 40 years in sales and marketing with Weyerhaeuser Company. Since retiring, he has been an active volunteer with St. Michael's Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California serving on several boards and committees. Jim enjoys photography, biking, running, hiking and traveling.
Why I Love the Parkway
My wife and I have used the parkway frequently since moving to Sacramento over 30 years ago. The parkway and the bike trail are a tremendous asset to the entire Sacramento area. During a visit to the parkway on any given day, one may see turkeys, deer, coyotes, snakes, squirrels, hundreds of birds, bikers, walkers, runners and people from infants to elderly adults. What a wonderful gift!

The American River Parkway does not have a voice, but we do. A huge thank you to our Board of Directors, who volunteered their time on January 31st at our Strategic Planning Retreat to help create a long-term vision for the American River Parkway Foundation and the Parkway.

Click here to see our current Board of Directors.

Congregation B'nai Israel Congregation B'nai Israel
Meet Congregation B'nai Israel, volunteer mile steward of Mile 17-North. Since 2004, Congregation B'nai Israel has cared for their mile with more than 1,000 volunteer hours. Read a snippet from our interview with representative Todd Mendell, or click the "Read More" button for the full article.

Tell us briefly about your organization.
Congregation B'nai Israel is a Reform Synagogue on Riverside Boulevard in Sacramento. Founded in 1849, it is the oldest Synagogue west of the Mississippi River.

Describe your connection to the Parkway. What does the Parkway mean to you? What initially drew you to ARPF and why have you continued volunteering?
Basic to Reform Judaism is the concept of “Tikkun Olam” - Repairing the Earth. It is a belief that we have an obligation to leave our planet in better shape than we found it. It is with that belief that we decided to adopt Mile 17 along the American River Parkway in July 2004. We chose the Parkway because many of our congregants were familiar with it and using it. Since then, enthusiastic congregants meet in the spirit of Tikkun Olam to enjoy nature while nurturing an important community ecological resource. 

Do you have a favorite Parkway memory or experience?
Stewardship enables one to really get to know a mile of the parkway.  Our area is known as Rossmoor Bar, a meandering reach of the river in Rancho Cordova. There are several interesting trails…[and] a wide diversity of plant and animal life that occupy the parkway…

How would you describe your volunteer experience? Would you encourage others to volunteer on the Parkway?
We hold cleanups about 8 to 10 times a year, and have had a variety of individuals come out to help…Our mile has proven a popular way to enjoy nature and give back to the community.

We've been volunteering on the parkway for over 14 years. It's been a gratifying experience, and I think most of us get much more out of it than we give. If you belong to an organization that is looking for a way to give back to the community, you should certainly give the American River Parkway a try!

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Campfire Update
Campfire Site
The Campfire Outdoor Educational Site and the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE)'s STEM program served 2,211 4th to 7th grade students from Title I schools in 2017! This program is advancing our area’s education and providing youth an important outdoor educational opportunity that would simply not be possible without the partnership between SCOE and the Parkway Foundation.

Of the nearly 6,000 students that have experienced the Campfire Outdoor Ed Site since 2015, 29% are English learners; 35% are Latino, 14% black, 14% Asian, and 27% white; and 79% are socioeconomically disadvantaged (defined by SCOE, based on eligibility for the free and reduced lunch program).

The Parkway Foundation will continue to raise funds for the program and to improve the site in 2018 in order to provide under-served youth this impactful experience. Watch a video about the Campfire Site here or support the program through a tax-deductible donation here.


Get Social
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Super Saturday Cleanup
Super Saturday Cleanup
Our next Sustainable Saturday is a super cleanup at the Northgate Blvd River Access (map) this Saturday, February 3rd from 9am-12pm. This is a site heavily impacted by illegal camping and in high need of a pick-me-up! Help us clear trash and debris before potential winter flooding.

Volunteers must be age 18 or older. Please wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. If possible, please bring work gloves and a reusable water bottle to help cut down on waste. Click the button below to register!

Trucks/trailer also needed! If you have a vehicle to help transport debris from trails to the dumpster, please email

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Thank You Regional San
Regional San The American River Parkway Foundation is honored to receive a grant of $40,000 from the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District for our River Cleanup Program. Regional San is committed to protecting water quality in Sacramento as a sponsor of the Parkway Foundation's annual cleanups and by helping to purchase cleanup supplies and equipment.

Ride: New Date
May 20, 2018
Ride the Parkway
Ride the Parkway has moved to May 20th, so get ready to log those May is Bike Month miles and support the American River Parkway at the same time. Register now to take advantage of early bird pricing!
  • Fun for the whole family! Choose from 3 different routes: Cruiser (5 miles), Fixie/Single-Speed (12 miles), or Roadie (26+ miles)
  • Post-ride lunch with delicious Santa Maria-style BBQ from O'Connor's Woodfire Grill & Bar
  • Sip on local beer and cider while enjoying live music from Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna's band Unsupervised
  • Win prizes from local restaurants and bike shops, and check out booths from local bicycling vendors

Buy a Parks Pass, Get a Discount
Purchase a Sacramento County Parks Pass and get $5 off your registration! Select the Early Bird w/ Parks Pass option when you register.


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Partner Highlight
University Auto Hopefully your New Year’s resolutions are going well with self-improvements, but don’t forget about your car’s wellbeing when you drive back and forth to the Parkway. Swing by University Auto for all of your auto needs this winter.

The Parkway Partners program is aimed at connecting local businesses with the 8 million visits that occur on the American River Parkway each year. The Parkway Foundation highlights your business via Parkway Gatherings that bring patrons to your place of business, branded social media posts, recognition in our e-news sent to over 19,000 contacts, and the Parkway Foundation website. To learn more about the Parkway Partners program, email Chris at
Cap Tap Colleen Watters River Rat
American River Raft Rentals Rubio's Visit Rancho
Refill Madness Kinetic Fleet Feet

To find out how the Parkway Partners Program
can benefit your business, click here!

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