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February 2017

Saturday, February 4
| 9am-12pm | RSVP
Super Saturday Cleanup @ Watt Ave (Map)

Sunday, February 5 | Register | Volunteer
SRA Super Sunday Run @ Sacramento State
Volunteers needed for parking & cleanup
*Runners may be on the levee between Guy West Bridge and Oak Meadow Park from 9am-10:30am.

Invasive Plant Removal Wednesday, February 15 | 8-10:30am | Info
Invasive Plant Patrol Classroom Training @ American River Parkway Foundation
Invasive Plant Removal

Saturday, February 18 | 9am-12pm | Info
Broom Removal @ Sacramento Bar

Invasive Plant Removal Invasive Plant Removal Work Day Work Day Cleanup Clean Ups Event Special Events
Sustainable Saturdays are back!
Join us on the first and third Saturdays of every month for volunteer events at various locations along the American River Parkway. We will host cleanups on the first Saturdays and habitat restoration events on the third Saturdays.* Questions? Email us!
*Some months will be adjusted for special events and holidays.

Sac Bar Volunteers
Pictured: Volunteers removing invasive plants at our Sacramento Bar wildfire restoration site.

January was a cold stormy month on the American River Parkway! Despite the weather, 30 volunteers contributed 88.75 hours working along the American River Parkway. Volunteers removed 315 French broom plants and 100 pounds of trash from the Parkway. Thank you to all who dedicated time and energy, rain or shine!



Wet weather and wind have hindered many of our ongoing projects in January. Here's what's on the horizon for volunteer projects:

  • ARPF office painting day
  • Power-washing & painting restrooms
  • Repairing post-and-cable lines damaged in flooding
Send an email to if your group might be interested in tackling a project! Please note, locations may vary and some of these projects may be time- or season-sensitive.

Elle Harlow

Elle Harlow

Meet Elle Harlow, our youngest Invasive Plant Management Steward. Elle has been volunteering with the Parkway Foundation at river cleanups and work days since 2011, and joined our Invasive Plant Patrol team in 2016 to help take care of the Ancil Hoffman Park area.

Read on to learn more about Elle!
"My whole life, I’ve loved nature and outdoor adventures, but as I’ve gotten older, and school and extracurricular activities have started taking up more and more time, my trips to the wilderness have become less frequent. To compensate, I’ve began spending more time at the American River, my local sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of my everyday life. Hence, when my mom suggested volunteering for the American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF) when I was ten, I eagerly agreed. My volunteer work with the ARPF has included trash cleanups, invasive plant removals, and native plant plantings.

"Last summer, looking to make a more extensive commitment, I became an Invasive Plant Steward for the ARPF. I am responsible for maintaining Ancil Hoffman Park, which requires basic knowledge of the different invasive plants along the parkway, surveying and mapping these plants, and coordinating and leading volunteers in removing them. Although this may sound like a lot of work, it really only requires working on the parkway for a few hours on a weekend morning a couple times a month.

"The time I spend mapping and pulling invasive plants is not only a nice way to volunteer and help your local community, but a great way to spend some time out in nature as well. I highly recommend that any of my fellow nature-lovers volunteer for the ARPF! For me, volunteering is also a way to explore my passion for environmental science by observing the wildlife and ecosystems along the American River.

"One of my favorite memories from being an Invasive Plant Steward occurred one morning, last summer, while Ashley, the ARPF volunteer coordinator and I were surveying Ancil Hoffman. Ashley showed me a flower, tarweed (Madia elegans), that blooms every day before 10 am. I’d walked by this cluster of plants many afternoons and never noticed them, but that morning I saw a beautiful sea of yellow flowers, one of myriad species that dwell along the river." - Elle Harlow


Have you checked out our social media feeds lately? We're bringing you 52 things to do on the American River Parkway in 2017. Check in with us every Thursday on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for new (and old) ideas on how to enjoy the Parkway. Share your ideas with the hashtag #PARKWAY52 for a chance to be featured!

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Click here to register for Howlin' on the Parkway through our new Flipcause donation platform!

New Website

We're releasing our new website this spring! Along with a new look and feel, the site will be extremely navigable to easily connect you with the American River Parkway and the work of the Parkway Foundation.

We will also be using Flipcause for our membership donations, event registration, online store, and more. Flipcause is a fundraising and community engagement platform that we’re thrilled to be working with as we carry out our mission to support the American River Parkway.

Super Saturday

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to flooding and high water at Northgate Blvd, the Super Saturday Cleanup has been MOVED to Watt Ave river access (map).

Kick off your Super Bowl weekend with a super cleanup! Join us on Saturday, February 4th for a river cleanup at the Watt Ave river access. Volunteers will be clearing debris from recent flooding to make the river access safe for all visitors. Please wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Water, gloves and snacks will be provided. RSVP to

We also need push brooms and flat shovels for this cleanup! If you can help out, send us an email.

Join us for an after-party at Hot Italian at 1pm! Enjoy a well-earned slice while you mix and mingle with fellow volunteers and Parkway Foundation staff.

Hot Italian | 1627 16th St Sacramento, CA 95814 | Map

Registration is now OPEN for Howlin' on the Parkway!


Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
William B. Pond Park | 8AM-12PM

  • 2-mile walk along Parkway trails
  • Earth Day celebration with food trucks
  • Costume contest with celebrity judges
  • Agility course, pet vendors and more!
  • Adopt a pet through one of our rescue partners: Homeward Bound and Bradshaw Animal Shelter
Proceeds benefit the Parkway Foundation's Pups in the Park program, providing "Mutt Mitt" dog waste removal bags at 14 stations along the American River Parkway. In 2016, the Parkway Foundation purchased 60,000 Mutt Mitts to be placed along the Parkway.
Bradshaw Animal Shelter Homeward Bound
Under the Sacramento County department of Animal Care and Regulation, the Bradshaw Animal Shelter's mission is to provide public safety and protect the health and welfare of animals in our communities through education, responsibility, and compassion. Learn more here! Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization which rescues and heals displaced, abandoned, and homeless Golden Retrievers and Golden mixes, regardless of their age or health. Learn more here!





Cap Tap Colleen Watters Fleet Feet
University Automotive Mary Margaret Nesel River Rat
Hot Italian American River Raft Rental
Rubios's Kinetic Cycles
Folsom Bike Fair Oaks Water District

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