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Almond Blossoms on the Parkway
Saturday, March 3
| Clean Up @ Howe Ave
Join us for Spring Clean Up on 4/7 instead!
Invasive Plant Removal Thursday, March 15 | 8-10:30am | Info
Invasive Plant Patrol Classroom Training
Thursday, March 15 | 2-4pm | RSVP
Native Garden Work Day @ ARPF
Saturday, March 17 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Trail Work Day @ Mile 10-North
Event Sunday, March 25 | 12-4pm | Info
CCB Fellowship Riverside Walk @ Sunrise (Sighted Guides & Aid Station Volunteers)
Thursday, March 29 | 2-4pm | RSVP
Native Garden Work Day @ ARPF
Clean Up Saturday, April 7 | 9am-12pm | Register
Spring Cleanup @ Various Sites
Invasive Plant Removal Invasive Plant Removal Work Day Work Day Clean Up Clean Up Event Special Event

Pictured: Volunteers at our Northgate Blvd River Cleanup
During the short month of February, we had 173 volunteers put in 480 hours of hard work! Volunteers removed 12,567 pounds of trash (including more than 9,000 from our Northgate Blvd cleanup) and 4,496 invasive red sesbania plants from the Parkway. We also had volunteer groups join us from SMUD and PG&E!

Heads up! The American River Parkway Foundation has updated its volunteer policy for minors:

Youth volunteers are welcome at most ARPF volunteer events. Any minor younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult AND must have an up-to-date youth liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian on file with ARPF. Minors age 16 and 17 can attend volunteer events unaccompanied, but must have a youth liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian on file with ARPF.

Questions? Email us!

Come to one of our Sustainable Saturday events and get a Parkway Steward t-shirt! We now have youth t-shirts (size medium) as well as adult sizes small - xxx-large.

Get yours at our next Sustainable Saturday on March 17th clearing trails along Mile 10-North! Click here for our full calendar (please note, t-shirts will not be distributed at Spring Clean Up).

This month, we're pleased to highlight Omega Nu Sorority, volunteer stewards of Mile 19-North. Omega Nu started volunteering with the American River Parkway Foundation in 2000 and has carried on its legacy of stewardship for 18 years!

Tell us briefly about yourself (and/or organization) to the point that you’re comfortable.
Omega Nu Sorority was originally started at San Jose High School and currently has 12 chapters in Northern California. The Sacramento chapter (Kappa Tau) was founded in April 1905. We've transitioned from originally high school aged sisters to young adults. The main purpose is community engagement and philanthropy. Our chapter has 22 members. Pat Scharrer, longtime Parkway clean up participant was just awarded a lifetime members in Omega Nu after 30 years of service.

Describe your connection to the Parkway. What does the Parkway mean to you (this is left intentionally vague)?
We have always felt a strong connection to the environment, and the river, and everything else associated with that. Many members bike and walk on the river. We greatly enjoy going to the Parkway, so even though some of us do not live close by we feel called to keep it clean for people to enjoy year-round.

What initially drew you to ARPF? Why have you continued volunteering?
We strive to have hands-on work in addition to our fundraisers and other passive engagements. Diane Heinzer attended the Great American River Clean Up in 2000 and went back immediately to propose the Adopt-A-Mile Program to Omega Nu. We thought it a great idea and have been stewards of our current mile since.

Do you have a favorite Parkway memory or experience?
Every time we are out, we have people thanking us and asking about us. People who use the Parkway appreciate what we are doing, and that's why we've continued for nearly two decades.

Last year, ARPF brought in a guest speaker, a young man who runs a clean-up program on the Mississippi River*. He spoke about his work and showed a film documenting the work on the Mississippi. He encouraged ARPF Mile Stewards. I especially enjoyed this.

*Chad Pregracke, Living Lands and Waters

How would you describe your volunteer experience? Would you encourage others to volunteer on the Parkway?
Absolutely I would encourage others to volunteer with ARPF. We do clean ups, but ARPF has so many great programs, like planting plants and pulling weeds, that I think are wonderful.

The American River Parkway Foundation has partnered with the California Council of the Blind (CCB) to host a Fellowship Riverside Walk as part of the CCB 2018 Convention & Conference on Sunday, March 25th from 12:30-4pm. The walk will be hosted at Sunrise Recreation Area in Rancho Cordova and will feature 1/2-mile, 2-mile and 4-mile distances.

We're looking for 20 volunteers to serve as Sighted Guides for participants who are blind and low vision, and an additional 10 volunteers to assist with an aid station and the walk start/finish. Shift times will vary between 12-4pm. If you're interested in helping, send us an email.

We're recruiting 2018 interns! American River Parkway Foundation internships are unpaid positions (high school or college credit available) that provide hands-on experience in the environmental science and public relations fields.

Interested? Send a completed application and updated resume to

Grab your friends and family for our annual Spring Clean Up on Saturday, April 7th from 9am-12pm. Registration is open!

Sign up for one of 7 locations on the Parkway: Discovery Park, Northgate Blvd @ Hwy 160 (volunteers must be 18+), Howe Ave @ La Riviera Dr, Watt Ave @ La Riviera Dr, Ancil Hoffman Park, El Manto Dr Access, and Lower Sunrise Rec Area. Find a cleanup location near you:

Help us reach our goal of 500 volunteers - register now!

Ride: New Date
Early bird pricing ends on April 8th, so don't wait to register! Here are 3 reasons you should join us on May 20th at William B. Pond Park:

1. 15 Years of Riding
We're celebrating 15 years of the Ride, launched by Steve and Peggy Rex of REX Cycles as “The REX Ride” in 2004! Be a part of the Rex legacy by supporting your American River Parkway that you enjoy year-round with unlimited access.

2. Log May is Bike Month Miles
Help Sacramento finally reach its goal of 2 million miles this year. Log your bike month miles while supporting the Parkway - it's a win-win!

3. It's a Party
With ride distances for the whole family, a team competition, a delicious BBQ lunch with craft brews, live music with County Supervisor Phil Serna's band Unsupervised, a chance to win a New Belgium Fat Tire Cruiser and more - you don't want to miss this day full of fun!

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.


Rep the American River Parkway at Ride the Parkway and year-round! We have cycling jerseys available online through Voler in:
  • Men’s and women’s short-sleeved club fit, sizes XS – 3XL, 3/4 length hidden zipper
  • Men’s and women’s short-sleeved race fit, sizes XS – 2XL, full length hidden zipper

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Want to rep the American River Parkway wherever you go? Don't forget, we have t-shirts available! Shirts come in 4 themes (run, bike, kayak or fish), men's and women's fits, cotton and tech fabric, and in sizes small - x-large.

Order online by clicking the button below or purchase in our office (map)!

We've welcomed to the office a gorgeously detailed 9'x3' aluminum panorama of the American River Parkway at dawn near Rio Americano High School.

This piece is available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds benefitting the American River Parkway Foundation!

To purchase, contact Jamieson Scott at (530) 723-3747 or send him an email. Visit for more of Jamieson's work!
We're pleased to display this stunning photo (printed on canvas), "Coyote Medicine," taken by local photographer Guy Galante along the equestrian trail near Mile 12-North of the Parkway.

From the artist: "There is something very powerful and transformative when one's eyes meet a wild creature's eyes this closely."

To purchase, contact Guy Galante at (916) 995-0625 or send him an email. Visit for more of Guy's work!

Partner Highlight
Have you checked out Cap-Tap's new venture, the Capital Hop Shop? Centrally located downtown on the corner of I & 15th near the Memorial Auditorium (map), the Hop Shop features a 40+ tap craft beer bar with a full food menu. Be sure to check them out!
American River Raft Rentals Colleen Watters Fleet Feet
Visit Rancho Kinetic Refill Madness
River Rat Rubio's University Auto

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

American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF) | 5700 Arden Way Carmichael, CA 95608 | T: (916) 486-2773 | F: (916) 486-2779 | Email