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December 2017 Newsletter

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December 2017
Workday Saturday, December 9 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Native Garden Workday @ ARPF
Workday Saturday, December 16 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Restoration Site Workday @ Northrop Ave

Monday, December 4, 11, 18 | Closed Event
Meristem Workdays @ Sacramento Bar

Cleanup Saturday, January 6 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Sustainable Saturday Cleanup @ TBD
Invasive Plant Removal Invasive Plant Removal Workday Work Day Cleanup Clean Up Event Special Event

ARPF Office Closures
The ARPF office will be closed for the holidays December 25th, 26th and January 1st.

Volunteers at Harrington
Pictured: Volunteers help plant native plants at Harrington River Access

Thank you to the 343 volunteers who contributed 1,119 hours to the American River Parkway in November. Volunteers removed 709 lbs of trash and 9,063 invasive plants (red sesbania and Chinese tallow), and helped at Run the Parkway.

Volunteers also planted 250 native plants, including goldenrod and primrose, at the Harrington River Access.


100,000 Pounds

The American River Parkway has seen a heavy increase of trash and debris in recent years. Volunteers have removed over 100,000 lbs so far in 2017, doubled from the 50,000 lbs removed in 2016.

Thank you to our hard working and dedicated volunteers, backed by the financial support of our community, for removing trash from the Parkway to make it a more enjoyable and safe space for all.

Show that you take pride in the Parkway and CLEAN IT! Click here for a calendar of upcoming events.

Discovery Park
Sac State Cleanup AmeriCorps Cleanup

Denise Nelson Denise Nelson

Meet longtime Invasive Plant Patrol volunteer, Denise Nelson. Since she began volunteering with the Parkway Foundation in 2012, Denise has spent 229.5 hours removing invasive plants and trash from the American River Parkway!

Tell us briefly about yourself, and describe your connection to the Parkway. What does the Parkway mean to you?
I am a library media teacher at a local elementary school. I visit the trails along the American River Parkway frequently…It is a place of serenity where one can easily make friends of other river visitors or spend solitary time contemplating life, with exciting moments of discovery, like a killdeer's nest or a family of otters passing by.

What initially drew you to ARPF?
I first heard about the American River Parkway Foundation at a presentation given by Bill Griffith. Since [then,] I have joined the ranks of "weed warriors,” giving myself more motivation to walk along the parkway on weekends and during school breaks, observing the wildlife, and removing sesbania.  I have been at it for over five years now and have included star thistle in my removal efforts.  I also help remove trash left by others not quite as careful to preserve the natural beauty around us.

Why have you continued volunteering?
I continue to volunteer because I am fascinated by what I might see next at the river, and I want to help maintain this valuable resource for future generations as well. I am thankful for this treasure and want to give back, and I encourage others to help care for this resource that is here for all of us.  There are many ways to volunteer...One can commit to as little as a few hours [as practical].

Do you have a favorite Parkway memory or experience?
Some of my favorite memories by the river involve finding nest sites, usually because the babies are so noisy calling for food.  I also enjoyed watching grebes bring food to their eager babies and was amazed that such little creatures could swallow a crawdad whole.  Every season there is more to see and learn.

Click the button below to read Denise's full bio!

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Campfire Outdoor Ed Site
Our partnership with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) continues to successfully provide outdoor environmental education to under-represented youth. SCOE's STEM program has served over 2,000 4th to 7th grade students from Title I schools to-date in 2017.

Meanwhile, the American River Parkway Foundation continues to raise funds for the program and make improvements to the site to ensure an enjoyable outdoor experience at no cost to the schools. Most recently, the Parkway Foundation added ten new tables that were installed under the shaded structures, which were built last year.

New Tables New Tables

Mutt Mitt
Mutt Mitt Stations
As you enjoy time with your family along the American River Parkway this holiday season, please remember to pick up after your pets. Through the Pups in the Park program, the Parkway Foundation provides "Mutt Mitt" dog waste removal bags at 16 stations (including 2 added this year at Sacramento Bar and Sailor Bar) along the Parkway. Click here for a map - Mutt Mitt stations are indicated by paw prints.

Run the Parkway
Run the Parkway
Photo Courtesy of Sean Dulaney/SRA

Thank you to the 1,500 runners and 240 volunteers who joined the American River Parkway Foundation and the Sacramento Running Association on Sunday, November 5th for the 2nd Annual Run the Parkway! Runners from the Sacramento area and surrounding communities came together to support the region's favorite training ground - the American River Parkway.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the American River Parkway Foundation's trail maintenance program, which includes mowing grass and noxious weeds, replacing damaged or vandalized signs, and removing downed trees along the Parkway's 30+ miles of dirt trails.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the Sacramento Running Association, Capital Road Race Management and all of the sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and participants who made Run the Parkway a successful event.

Save the Date
Spring & Great American River Cleanups Ride
Summer Solstice Dinner & Auction Run
Ride Solstice Run
Saturday, April 7 & September 15, 2018 NEW DATE! Sunday, May 20, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 Sunday, November 4, 2018

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Holiday Shop
Give gifts that give back this holiday season! Check out our online store for t-shirts, parks passes, and Parkway art, or give the gift of an ARPF membership. All proceeds benefit the Parkway Foundation's programs.
ARPF T-Shirts Parks Passes Map
American River Parkway Shirts
Available in men's & women's, cotton & tech, XS-XL
Sacramento County Parks Pass
Year-round access to all Sacramento County Parks
American River Parkway Map
The perfect stocking stuffer!
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Parkway Art Jersey ARPF Membership
Parkway Art
Photos & pieces from local artists showcasing the Parkway (photo above by David Dawson)
Cycling Jerseys
Available in men's & women's, short-sleeved race (xs-2xl) & club (xs-3xl) fits
ARPF Membership
Tax-deductible, annual donation that supports the Parkway Foundation
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Partner Highlight

Hosting a holiday party? Consider Rubio’s Coastal Grill with a full menu for any crowd. Click here for a catering menu and to learn about their commitment to sustainable seafood. You can also visit the Rubio’s location in Gold River with easy access from the American River Bike Trail near the Sunrise Blvd. River Access (map).

Cap Tap Colleen Watters River Rat
University Auto Kinetic Visit Rancho
Hot Italian Refill Madness Fleet Feet
American River Raft Rentals

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

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