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October 2017 Newsletter

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October 2017
Cleanup Saturday, October 7 | 8:30am-12pm | Sign Up
Bayside Church Cleanup @ Discovery Park
Invasive Plant Removal Saturday, October 7 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Stinkwort Removal @ Ancil Hoffman
Event Viewpoint Photographic Art Center | Map
"Picturing the Parkway" Exhibit
Through Saturday, October 7 | Info
Invasive Plant Removal Saturday, October 21 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Burn Restoration @ Sacramento Bar
Run the Parkway @ William B. Pond Park
Saturday, November 5 | Register
Invasive Plant Removal Invasive Plant Removal Workday Work Day Cleanup Clean Up Event Special Event

Great American River Cleanup
31st River Valley, BPSA Scouts
Pictured: 31st River Valley, BPSA Scouts volunteer at the El Manto cleanup site.

Thank you to our site captains, sponsors and volunteers for making the 2017 Great American River Cleanup (GARCU) a success! On September 16th, 1,850 volunteers joined us to remove 14,238 pounds of trash from 20 sites along the American River Parkway.

GARCU is coordinated in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission's Coastal Cleanup Day on the 3rd Saturday of September each year. Mark your calendars for the 2018 GARCU on Saturday, September 15th!

GARCU Numbers
Thank You Cleanup Sponsors
Rose Foundation Whole Foods Republic Services
Balanced Body Milgard CA American Water
Blue Shield Rubios DART

A huge THANK YOU goes out to our Site Captains, without whom this event would not be possible:

Cynthia Woods, Michael Medvin & Anthony Bento; Colleen Watters, Bill Hambrick & Leigh Rutledge; Becky Neal & The Bike Hikers; Patricia Fullwood & Cal Expo; Leslie Laudon and Kurt & Connor Burris; Sac State Housing; Heidi, Nancy & Sacramento Valley Returned Peace Corps Volunteers; Greg Bitner & John Williams; Pete Spaulding; Gay Jones & Butterfield Riviera East Community Assoc.; Alex Berwick; Karen Reynolds; Madeline Journey; Chris Balaam; Chris Cullen; Haley Gonzalez & Sacramento Running Assoc.; Jen, Celeste & Yoga Seed Collective; Laura Drath & Nimbus Fish Hatchery; Linda McDonald & FOLFAN; Tom Biglione; Brad Freelove & Dolphin Divers

And thanks to these groups, and many more, for helping make this year's cleanup a success:

916 Hugs & Helping Hands, AHG Troop 77, Alpha Phi Omega - Kappa Sigma, American River Charters, American Society of Civil Engineers, Bank of America, Bio 1 Team 4, Black & Veatch, Boy Scout Troops 53, 287, & 447, BPSA 31st River Valley, Cal Poly Alumni - Sacramento Chapter, CCAA Field Study Day, Circle K International at Sacramento State, College Track Brotherhood, Creative Connections Art Academy, Cristo Rey High School, CSUS Biology, Daily Heart Walkers, El Camino FHS - EPI, Fem Dems Community Service Committee, Foothill High School, George Washington Carver High School, Girl Scout Troop 349, Golder Associates Inc., Gold River Discovery Center Community Service, Hertz Corporation, Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ), Jesuit High School, Northridge Elders, Queenie, Reef Alliance, RPians, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, Sacramento Bike Hikers, Sacramento Charter High School, Sacramento Fish & Wildlife Service, Sacramento River Cats - Cats Care, Sacramento Running Association, Sacramento Triathlon Club, Sac State Hydrology, Sac State Softball, Sac State Track & Field Team, Sconeferry, Sierra Nevada Journeys,, TeamZ, The BIC (Because I Care) Group, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, The Von Foxies, Valley Key Club, Youth on Course/GBHS Outdoors

256 volunteers also contributed 639.5 hours during other events in September. Volunteers removed 1,552.5 lbs of trash and 51,964 invasive plants including red sesbania, stinkwort, tallow, and catalpa from the Parkway. We welcomed groups from Stantec, California ISO, Bargas Environmental Consulting, and Crowe Horwath. Volunteers also helped at the 14th annual Ride the Parkway cycling event on September 10th. September Stats

Equestrian Trail Patrol Equestrian Trail Patrol

Meet the American River Volunteer Equestrian Trail Patrol (ARVETP), volunteer stewards of Mile 3-North! The ARVETP, founded in 1995, assists Sacramento County Regional Parks in patrolling Parkway trails to ensure security and safety for all park users.

ARVETP members have been long-time stewards of the American River Parkway, starting as Volunteer Mile Stewards of Mile 10-North in 1998. Check out this short bio by Sue Fossum, ARVETP member and past ARPF board member, or click the "Read More" button for the full article on our website!

What ARPF programs do you support?
The ARVETP has been a Mile Steward since at least 1998. Until 2017 trail patrol members have been responsible for Mile 10, but this last year chose to take on becoming the Mile Stewards for Mile 3N as this mile was identified as needing a lot of care.

Describe your connection to the Parkway. What does the Parkway mean to you, and why do you volunteer with the ARPF?
Being able to ride along on the equestrian/hiking trail, meeting and talking with people you encounter, being a part of nature and also being a steward of all that the Parkway has to offer - is a treasure.  Members of the ARVETP take their role seriously and are proud to be volunteer stewards of the Parkway.

How would you describe your volunteer experience? Would you encourage others to volunteer on the Parkway?
ARVETP members get to not only ride their horses when on patrol (which is fabulous in itself!), but also get to meet and talk with many users of the Parkway, providing them with information about the trail and education on trail rules that keep all users safe. Members also participate in trail cleanups and are involved in trail maintenance.

Do you have a favorite Parkway memory or experience?
Anytime being out on the trail, on your horse is a favorite memory and experience!

Click here to learn more about joining the Trail Patrol!

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Summer Intern Highlight
Colette & Kat Theo & Melissa Colette & Elijah
Colette & Kat help install multi-use trail signs Theo & Melissa remove red sesbania along the river's edge Colette & Elijah stand beneath a large arundo plant

Meet our summer interns: Theo, Elijah, Kat, Melissa, and Colette. This crew spent 411.5 hours of their summer giving back to the American River Parkway and gaining experience in the environmental science field. They assisted ARPF staff with restoration sites, invasive plant management, trail maintenance, and our Native Plant Garden. Read on for a couple of quotes from our interns!

“I loved the opportunity to work in the field and tangibly improve the parkway, even in little ways. I am grateful for the experience, both developing skills and meeting new people, and I enjoyed working as part of a team. I feel that the internship improved my understanding of the riparian (and surrounding) ecosystems.” - Theo

“I received a lot of new knowledge, I was able to provide a service to my community, and I made several new friends.” - Elijah

Internships Available
We're recruiting Fall/Winter 2017 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

Viewpoint Gallery
"Picturing the Parkway: Celebrating the American River Parkway in Photographs" Exhibit
Through October 7, 2017

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center's "Picturing the Parkway" exhibit is still open through Saturday, October 7th! The exhibit features a juried selection of approximately 60 photographs made within the American River Parkway, exploring its landscapes and rivers-capes, its varied wildlife, and the many ways people use and enjoy this “jewel of the Sacramento region."

Don't miss out on this beautiful exhibit, showcasing our region's greatest recreational civic amenity! Viewpoint Gallery is located at 2015 J St (map) and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 12-5pm.

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Parks Passes

Parks Passes
Did you know the Parkway Foundation has 26 partners that sell Sacramento County Parks Passes throughout the region? For every pass purchased through one of our vendors, $5 is donated to the Foundation. Check out our map here for a vendor near you!

You can also purchase a pass online by clicking the "Buy Now" button below.

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Ride the Parkway

378 cyclists and 45 volunteers gathered together in support of the American River Parkway on Sunday, September 10th for Ride the Parkway! The weather was beautiful, the barbecue lunch was delicious, and The Republicrats rocked the crowd. Thank you to our riders, volunteers and sponsors for helping to raise more than $40,000!

The net proceeds from this event benefit the American River Parkway Foundation's Invasive Plant Management Program. Removing invasive plants helps us to increase recreational access to waterways and trails, reduce fire fuels along the Parkway, and improve the biodiversity of plants and animals.

Check our website or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for Ride the Parkway 2018 announcements!

A special thank you to our top sponsors, Hub International and Retinal Consultants, for your generous support.

California Cascade Building Materials, Delta City Drywall, Eye Site Sacramento, Frank M. Booth Inc., Laser & Skin Surgery Center of Northern California, Mogavero Architects, R3 Consulting Group Inc., Sacramento Bike Hikers, Safeco Insurance, Stoel Rives, Wickland

Run the Parkway
Volunteers Needed
Sunday, November 5, 2017 | William B. Pond Park

We need your help at the second annual Run the Parkway on Sunday, November 5th! Volunteer opportunities include packet pickup, setup, parking, aid stations (groups only), course marshals, finish line expo, finish festival, tear down and more. All volunteers receive a free t-shirt!

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Hosted by the Sacramento Running Association to benefit the American River Parkway Foundation, Run the Parkway is the ideal time for Sacramento runners to give back to the most popular training spot in town. Plus, it's the official training run for the California International Marathon! Choose from a 20-miler, half marathon, or un-timed fun run/nature walk (register).

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Parkway Art
David Dawson Photography Crude Elegance Stan Phillippe Photography
Photography by David Dawson Crude Elegance by Gene McKinnon Stan Phillippe Photography

Visit our office (map) to check out our exhibit of local Parkway art! All art is available for purchase in person or through our online store with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the American River Parkway Foundation (shipping not available, orders must be picked up by the purchaser).

Photography by David Dawson: David has been volunteering with the Parkway Foundation since 2003 (14 years!) and has dedicated more than 446 hours over the years alongside the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, Mile Steward of mile 6 north. 4 photographs of his are featured in our office, and some of David's work can be seen at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center's "Picturing the Parkway" exhibit through October 7.

"Crude Elegance" Assemblages by Gene McKinnon: Gene incorporates natural elements from the American River Parkway. 3 pieces are available for purchase in our office. Gene is also a local photographer, and has photos on display at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center's "Picturing the Parkway" exhibit.

Stan Phillippe Photography: ARPF board member Stan Phillippe spends his free time photographing the American River Parkway. Check out Stan's photo of the river at 80,000 cfs at our office!

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Ride Jerseys
Ride the Parkway cycling jerseys are still available! We've teamed up with Voler Cycling Apparel to bring you a new design. Proceeds benefit the American River Parkway Foundation.
Jersey Front Jersey Back

Club Fit:
Men's & women's short-sleeved, sizes XS-3XL, 3/4 hidden zipper

Race Fit:
Men's & women's short-sleeved, sizes XS-2XL, full length hidden zipper

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Partner Highlight
Sportsman's Warehouse We're pleased to announce our newest Sacramento County Regional Parks Pass vendor, Sportsman's Warehouse! If you're in the Rancho Cordova area and need a pass, they are ready to take care of you at 2344 Sunrise Blvd (cash and checks only). For a map of all 28 locations, click here.
Cap Tap Colleen Watters River Rat
University Auto Kinetic Visit Rancho
Hot Italian Rubio's Fleet Feet
American River Raft Rentals

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

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