It is always an exciting time of the year when we get to celebrate Earth Day and we enjoy seeing all the happy faces of the community making a difference and coming outside to help in a positive way make a small but significant difference. At the Watershed Project, we cherish the possibility of teaching and learning from the community around the shared activities we design and facilitate to take place in many corners of the West County Watersheds.
It was the year 2000, when a group of neighbors joined The Watershed Project’s at the El Sobrante Library Earth Day to remove oceans of ivy that were choking the trees. That day led to the creation of the San Pablo Watershed Awareness campaign and subsequently to the formation of the Friends of the San Pablo Creek – SPAWNERS.
Looking back, other exciting Earth Day events include our Creek Cleanup Challenge at 3 creeks where volunteers competed to bring the largest number of volunteers to a site and collected truckloads of trash in Wildcat, San Pablo and the Baxter Creek Watersheds, with the greatest success in 2010.
Or our great fair and festival events at the West County Transfer station with Recycle More or at the Richmond Art Center, where kids played games and made origami cups to take little seedlings home in 2015 and played to find juice boxes to feed the Juice Box Monster at the Albany Bulb.