In 2005 Friends of the Petaluma River was formed to connect our community with the wonders of the Petaluma Watershed. While much of our work is focused on conservation and education surrounding this sensitive habitat, we also believe that celebration plays a large role in our mission. Through events at the River Heritage Center, family programming around the Watershed and access opportunities for the public we bring our Watershed to life.

Our Mission

Our mission is to celebrate the Petaluma Watershed through education and stewardship; because every great River needs a true Friend.


Our Goals: Access, Education, and Conservation

  • To pursue outreach and educational activities that will nurture enthusiasm and commitment in the watershed for long term sustainable stewardship.
  • To monitor conditions and engage in activities that will reduce or prevent pollution and lessen other harmful impacts on the River and its wetlands.
  • To foster a River Heritage Center as a community resource. A place to archive information, host events, administer programs, and coordinate river related activities.
  • To promote access to the Petaluma River and Marsh for all community members to experience the beauty of this resource for themselves