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March 2017

Work Day Thursday, March 2 | 2-4pm | RSVP
Native Garden Work Day @ ARPF Office
Cleanup Saturday, March 4 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Sustainable Saturday Clean Up @ Harrington Access | Post-clean-up lunch @ CAP's Pizza & Tap House
Work Day Saturday, March 18 | 9am-12pm | FULL
Sustainable Saturday Trail Maintenance @ Ancil Hoffman
Work Day Friday, March 31 | 2-4pm | RSVP
Cesar Chavez Day of Service @ Cal Expo
Cleanup Spring Cleanup | REGISTRATION OPEN!
Saturday, April 8
| 9am-12pm
Multiple Sites on the American River Parkway
Event Howlin' on the Parkway
Saturday, April 22
| Register | Volunteer
8am-12pm @ William B. Pond Park
Invasive Plant Removal Invasive Plant Removal Work Day Work Day Cleanup Clean Ups Event Special Events

Invasive Plant Patrol
Pictured: Invasive Plant Patrol volunteers at our first training of the year.

February brought more rain to the American River Parkway! While weather and flooding inhibited many of our activities, 161 volunteers contributed 391 hours to removing 1,269 pounds of trash and debris, surveying trails, and removing 111 invasive broom plants.

15 volunteers also attended the first Invasive Plant Patrol classroom training of 2017 to learn more about the effects, identification and removal of invasive plants.


Interns Interns Interns

We're recruiting 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


Scott Tooley

Meet Eagle Scout candidate Scott Tooley! Scott has been working on his Eagle Scout project with the American River Parkway Foundation since June of 2016. For his project, he’s organizing a Tool Drive campaign to collect new or gently used tools to be donated to the Parkway Foundation.

Particularly after a rough winter for the American River Parkway, new tools will be critical for getting the Parkway back in shape. Scott grew up minutes from the Parkway in Carmichael and regularly took advantage of it. Through his Eagle project, he’s gained a new appreciation for the work and hours it takes to maintain the Parkway!

Join us for Scott's tool drive for the Parkway Foundation on Saturday, March 25th from 11am-2pm at the ARPF office (map). Here's our wish list so you can check your shed for any extra tools to donate:

  • Gas-powered weed whackers
  • Work gloves in various sizes
  • Hand pruners
  • Long-handled pruners (loppers)
  • Rubber boots & waders
  • Small kayak
  • Weed wrenches
  • Hula hoes
  • Trash grabbers
  • Rock bar (18lb)


It's no secret we've seen lots of rain this winter season, causing much of the American River Parkway to flood. If you're getting anxious to hit the trails again and want to help clean up the Parkway, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on upcoming volunteer events. Future projects may include:

  • Power-washing and painting restrooms
  • Repairing post-and-cable lines damaged in flooding
  • Clearing debris and downed trees from trails
  • Repairing and repainting picnic tables and benches

If you choose to enjoy the American River Parkway, please exercise caution as recent flooding has caused many hazards including standing water, erosion and sink holes, falling/fallen trees and other large debris across trails. Click here for an easy-to-read table of parks that are open/closed on the American River Parkway.

Trail Erosion Fallen Tree Bike Trail


Native Plant Garden

Join us every Thursday in March from 2-4pm for work days in our Native Plant Garden! The first work day is March 2nd: RSVP.

The Native Plant Garden is located next to the Parkway Foundation office in William B. Pond Park (map) and exists as a demonstration garden of plants that are native to the American River Parkway.

After this wet and wild season, our garden could use a pick-me-up! Join us March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th to help weed, prune, mulch and perform other maintenance activities. Click here for a full calendar of events. These are great events for community service hours!

Spring Clean Up
Spring Clean Up
April 8th | 9am-12pm
Multiple sites along the American River Parkway

Join 500+ volunteers to help clean up the American River Parkway on April 8th. Choose from 7 sites along the Parkway: Discovery Park, Northgate Blvd, Howe Ave, Watt Ave, Ancil Hoffman, El Manto Dr, and Sunrise Rec Area. Click here for a map of sites!

IMPORTANT NOTE: For the safety of our volunteers, Spring Clean Up is subject to cancellation at any point due to weather, flooding, and/or park conditions. Check our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates. Registered volunteers will also be notified of any changes via email. Questions? Email us!


Howlin' on the Parkway
Walk your dog to support the American River Parkway!


Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
William B. Pond Park | 8am-12pm

  • 2-mile walk along Parkway trails
  • Earth Day celebration with a costume contest, vendors & more!
  • Squeeze Inn food truck will be available from 10am-12pm
  • Adopt a pet through one of our rescue partners: Homeward Bound, German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley, and Bradshaw Animal Shelter

Proceeds benefit the Parkway Foundation's Pups in the Park and Trail Maintenance Programs. Pups in the Park provides Mutt Mitt dog waste removal bags at 14 stations along the Parkway. In 2016, the Parkway Foundation purchased 60,000 Mutt Mitts! The trail maintenance program ensures trails are clear and accessible to Parkway visitors and their furry friends.

Adoption Partners
German Shepherd Rescue Homeward Bound Bradshaw Animal Shelter

SactoMoFo 10
Food trucks, craft beer, live music & more! Join SactoMoFo for SactoMoFo10 on April 29th, 2017 and support the American River Parkway Foundation at the same time. We're partnering with SactoMoFo for the second year in a row to help with parking. Attend the event and a portion of your parking fee will benefit the Parkway Foundation!

Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice

Join us for the 3rd annual Summer Solstice Dinner & Auction!

  • Saturday, June 24th, 2017 from 6-9PM
  • William B. Pond Recreation Area
  • Meet and greet hour with local beer and wine
  • Live music from the Harley White Jr. Orchestra
  • Silent and live auctions with Auctioneer Keith McLane

Tickets will be available in the spring. For sponsorships, contact Chris Aguirre at or (916) 486-2773.

Robb Venditti

Rossi Catering

We're pleased to announce our chef for the 3rd annual Summer Solstice Dinner & Auction! Meet Robb Venditti of Rossi Catering, a seasonally-inspired, chef-owned and operated boutique catering company in Sacramento. Chef Venditti's resume includes chef positions at Cafe Bernardo, Mulvaney's B&L, Formoli's Bistro, and Pangaea Bier Cafe.





Partner Highlight

Cap Tap

Sacramento Beer Week kicks off on Thursday March 2 and runs until Sunday, March 12! Capitol Beer & Tap Room has a full event calendar with lots of special Sac Beer Week releases from local breweries. For a full list of events, click here.

Plus, join the Cap Tappers for a shakeout run on Monday, March 6th at 6:30pm at Capitol Beer and enjoy special releases from Claimstake Brewing! Click here for the Facebook event.

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

To find out how 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