Come experience the Petaluma Watershed for yourself through Friends’ unique, hands-on programming connecting the community to our River. Discover the River on your own steam in one of our kayaks during free Boating at the Barn or participate in one of our on-going activities at Steamer Landing Park like our Nature Camps and Stewardship Days. Our programming at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center offers great ways to spend some quality time with the family, learn about local history or just connect with nature. Read on for descriptions and registration links for our programs.
EVERY SUNDAY 10AM-1PM*
Sunday’s Boating at the Barn program is entering its third year shepherded by stellar volunteer Eve O’Rouke. Eve and crew are at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center every Sunday from 10am to 1pm checking out boats to the community. Our growing fleet includes rowboats, canoes, kayaks and a sailboat, all of which can be checked out for free by the public after a short safety demonstration. Come explore the Petaluma River and Watershed for yourself!
*Please check the tides before going to the barn. Due to the lack of dredging in the River, when the tide is beneath 2ft, we cannot go out. Current closures include: May 5, May 19, June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21, Aug. 4, Aug. 18, Sept. 1
Days with amended hours due to tides:
Closing early 12/12:30 – May 12, May 26,
Late Opening 11am – June 2, June 16, Sept. 15 (Program will run from 11-2pm on these days)
Friends of the Petaluma River believes that educators are our community’s most important resource. By teaching Petaluma’s youth, our teachers are guiding future generations of Petalumans whose decisions will determine the health and vitality of our wetlands and other natural resources.
Friends of the Petaluma River is committed to supporting Petaluma educators and the implementation of curriculum that focuses on our community’s most important natural resource, the Petaluma River and Watershed. Participating educators will receive a $500 stipend to use to design and implement their new curriculum.
To date over 3000 students from 13 different schools have learned about the Petaluma Watershed through this program. Visit our website, watershedclassroom.org to learn more about current projects, teacher resources or to sign up to participate.
Contact Stephanie Bastianon at (707) 763-7756 or [email protected] for more information.
GREEN HERON NATURE CAMP
CONNECTING CHILDREN AGES 6 – 15 WITH THE OUTDOORS
Welcome to our 8th year of Summer camp on the Petaluma River! This exciting nature awareness program connects children to the Petaluma River Watershed through hands-on learning and exploration. Activities for camp include naturalist games, primitive skills, canoeing, crafts, bird watching, identifying wild edibles and fresh farm food crafting. We will explore the River by boat experiencing the hidden treasures of the River.
We keep our camp sizes small so we can focus on each individual camper and ensure the best possible experience and connection with the Petaluma River. We currently have a 4:1 ratio of campers to staff.
For more information please contact Stephanie Bastianon at [email protected], or call (707) 763-7756.
GHNC CAMP DETAILS:
Tuition: $250/wk – $300/wk
Camp meets each morning at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center @ Steamer Landing Park.
Monday through Friday 9:00AM – 3:00PM
SUMMER 2019 SCHEDULE
GREEN HERON NATURE CAMP (Youth 6 – 12)
Week 1 – June 3rd – 7th – Week 1 is currently full. Click HERE to sign up for the wait list.
Week 2 – June 10th – 14th – Week 2 is currently full. Click HERE to sign up for the wait list.
Week 3 – June 17th – 21st – Week 3 is currently full. Click HERE to sign up for the wait list.
Week 4 – June 24th – 28th – Week 4 is currently full. Click HERE to sign up for the wait list.
Week 5 – July 1st – 5th – Week 5 is currently full. Click HERE to sign up for the wait list.
Week 6 – July 8th – 12th – Week 6 is currently full. Click HERE to sign up for the wait list.
GOLDEN EAGLES (Youth 13-16)
Week 7 – July 15th – 17th* – CLICK TO REGISTER FOR WEEK 7
RIVER OTTERS (Youth 10 – 14)
Week 8 – July 22nd – 26th* – CLICK TO REGISTER FOR WEEK 8
*We will be adding additional weeks of River Otters and Golden Eagles earlier in the summer. Please check back for those dates coming soon!
Want to support ongoing stewardship of the Petaluma Watershed? Adopt a creek! Businesses, schools/classrooms, community groups and individuals that want to make a difference in their community creeks, can directly benefit a local creek. With support from Friends, Adopters help remove trash and monitor conditions in their Creek. Adopters will be recognized at the creek site, on the Friends’ website and through social media marketing. Commitments are a year in length. Creek sections are approximately 1 – .5 mile in length.
Sign up today to adopt a creek and we’ll work with you to create a plan that fits your team’s needs. Be a part of the solution to River pollution – Adopt a creek!
There are 3 ways to participate:
- Sponsor a Creek – sponsors fund cleanup activities at their creek and receive recognition for their support at the creek, on Friends’ website and through our social media channels
- Adopter – adopters volunteer in groups to provide cleanup, restoration, and monitoring at their creek site. Adopters are also recognized on our website and at the creek.
- Sponsor/Adopter – fund a creek site and volunteer to steward it!
YOUTH NATURE IMMERSION PROGRAMS
Sign up today for our 2018-19 Session!
This is a 8-month program to immerse youth in nature, allowing them to gain skills and comfort in the outdoors. Camp takes place one Saturday each month at Open Field Farm. Lessons and skills build throughout the immersion program growing participants’ knowledge and understanding. Hours are 9am to 3pm each day.
We will end in the Spring with an overnight camp out and celebration.
Camp Dates: October 13th, November 10th, December 8th, January 12th, February 9th, March 9th, April 13th, May 18th / Camp out: May 18th – 19th (Camp out for Badger Tracks and Elderberry Blossoms only)
Tuition: Badger Tracks & Elderberry Blossoms – $475.00 / Fox Kits – $400.00
Fox Kits gives boys and girls ages 6 – 8 a chance to immerse themselves in the natural world of the Petaluma Watershed. At this age children are still discovering their environment. Fox Kits seeks to strengthen this connection and create a sense of comfort in young people out in nature. By engaging youth in meaningful play, exploring the watershed and letting our imaginations be wild we will foster a sense of place and an appreciation for nature.
SIGN YOUR CHILD UP FOR FOX KITS HERE.
Elderberry Blossoms supports young girls ages 9-12 and 13-16 in developing strong and healthy relationships with themselves, their peers and nature. In a time of transition into adolescence Elderberries provides a foundation allowing for a deepening in their connections to the Earth, their skills, capabilities and inherent sense of awe and wonder. We will help to foster these connections through our time out in nature immersed in the practices of earth skills in the Petaluma River Watershed. Through the course of this program girls will have the opportunity to grow deeper into themselves as blossoming individuals, including growth in their self esteem and self confidence. We will explore the Watershed; hiking, navigating the River via paddle boats, making herbal medicine and culinary creations, creating primitive fire including cooking over the fire, wild-crafting with both edible and medicinal plants, basic rope making, sewing and more.
This session we are expanding our Elderberry Blossoms program and offering a new group for our older youth, age 13-16 and will deepen the mentoring processes with our participants.
SIGN YOUR CHILD UP FOR ELDERBERRY BLOSSOMS HERE