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Natomas, North Sacramento, North Highlands

Volunteer Instructions

2020 Volunteer Registration is closed and Creek Week is cancelled due to COVID-19 directives.

We are exploring the possibility of doing Creek Week in the fall. If that’s not feasible, we will be back in 2021.

In the meantime, keep this in mind: Please reduce your plastic waste.

We can all make a difference by practicing random acts of cleanup.

If everyone picked up one extra piece of trash each day, our impact would be even greater.

Stay healthy!


Most Natomas clean-up sites are man made canals instead of natural creeks. You are not likely to encounter poison oak. They are ideal for young children and those with limited mobility.


Public clean-up sites in Natomas, North Sacramento and North Highlands are listed below. Review the site descriptions and check the map links to select your site.  Then click the “Volunteer”  button to register.


Your information will be sent to our administrative volunteers who may contact you to confirm your clean-up site location, provide you with additional instructions, or answer any questions you may have. You may be reassigned to a different location as space allows.


Please review the checklist to the left to come prepared.


If you have registered for a group, please forward our Volunteer Waiver to your members or their parents or guardians.


Please report at 9:00am sharp on Saturday, April 18th to your confirmed site. Your team leader will provide you with instructions, garbage bags and help get you started.


Clean-up Site Locations

American River at Tiscornia Beach  Volunteer

Meet under the green Jibboom Street Bridge at 9:00 am sharp! If the river is running high, this area may not be accessible. You will be notified if the location is changed due to high waters.  Map (40 volunteer capacity)

Azevedo Dr. at Bannon Creek Parkway   Volunteer

Located along a bike trail and creek, this site is safe for young people with no traffic. Volunteers will enjoy the trees, plants and wildlife along the bike trail and open space areas. No poison oak in developed areas, but be cautious along creek banks. Sacramento City Parks waiver for adults and youth is required in addition to Creek Week registration.

(60 volunteer capacity).  DIRECTIONS: Meet at the covered picnic area.

Camp Pollock near American River   Volunteer

Help Sacramento Valley Conservancy improve Camp Pollock.  Directions: See MAP.

Fisherman’s Lake at Del Paso Road Bridge   Volunteer

Watch for car and bicycle traffic! No shade here. Not safe for children. A group with a leader are needed here. (15 volunteer capacity)
Directions: Meet at the bridge on the north side of the Del Paso Road bridge about one eighth of a mile west of Hovnanian Drive. SEE MAP.

Hansen Ranch Volunteer

Hansen Ranch is a great open area, safe for kids and has a relatively natural setting.   We will meet on or by the levee at the northwestern corner of Hansen Ranch.  To access this location enter through the (open) gate off of West 6th Street located a little north of Ascot Avenue.  Sacramento City Parks waiver for adults and youth is required in addition to Creek Week registration.


Directions: SEE MAP   Volunteers can park their cars along the gravel roadway that leads up to the levee.   To register for this site, please call or email Melinda [email protected] or 916-212-6589.

Magpie and Don Julio Creeks at McClellan Business Park   Volunteer

Volunteers please report at 8:30 to the AECOM field office trailer located off of Patrol Road on the west side of the former base at the main Groundwater Treatment Plant Facility. You will be assigned to a team and nearby creek section which you may drive to. (50 volunteer capacity) DIRECTIONS: SEE MAP which shows the turn in point off of Patrol Rd.

Natomas Crossing   Volunteer

A good site for families, it has a wide gravel road and additional bike path. At this location there are multiple options for cleaning both sides of the canal, and working north and south. Your site leader will give you instructions and get you started. (40 volunteer capacity).

DIRECTIONS: Park behind the McDonald’s. See MAP.

Raley Bridge North of Santa Ana – Magpie Creek   Volunteer

Directions: SEE MAP   Park at the Kelly Moore Paint parking lot in the back. We need a leader and a group for this site. (30 volunteer capacity)

San Juan Detention Basin   Volunteer

A family friendly site with open space, pathways and a bike path adjacent to the site. A large open cleaning area but it has water channels so children need to stay out of the water. Please park in the small gravel lot south of San Juan.  (30 Volunteer Capacity).

DIRECTIONS: At San Juan just east of El Centro. SEE MAP

West El Camino & Natomas Main Drain   Volunteer

Cleanup is needed along west side of canal. Your site leader will provide you with instructions, garbage bags and help get you started. (30 volunteer capacity)

DIRECTIONS: Limited parking on north side of West El Camino on the west side of the canal. Additional parking along Grasslands Dr. north of W. El Camino with short walk across canal to site. Check in will be at the Orchard Park at Unity Point Ave. SEE MAP.

If you would like to find out about other clean-up sites in Natomas, North Sacramento and North Highlands, please contact Melinda at 916/212-6589 or [email protected].

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