The 21st annual Santa Barbara South Coast Creek Week begins Saturday, September 19.
Creek Week is an annual celebration of creeks, watersheds and the ocean. Many local organizations host events to help build awareness and stewardship of the natural treasures of Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria.
Creek Week is coordinated by the City of Santa Barbara Creeks Division, County of Santa Barbara Project Clean Water, City of Goleta, City of Carpinteria, University of California Santa Barbara and Explore Ecology.
While some changes were made this year to help keep the community safe during COVID-19, there are activities planned nearly every day.
Melissa Nelson, Environmental Services Coordinator for the City of Goleta, said, “Despite having to change course for this year’s Creek Week due to COVID-19, I am excited for the activities that are available. Creek Week is a great reminder of the natural resources we have on the Santa Barbara South Coast, and a fun way to be engaged. I hope you will take advantage of this year’s offerings.”
Below is a sampling of the activities organized for Creek Week, September 19 – 26.
- Creek Week Cross Stitch Project: Participate in a cross stitch project at your leisure and share your progress on social media. The pattern is available at www.bit.ly/cwcrossstitch [bit.ly].
- North Campus Open Space Self-Guided Tour: Take a self-guided tour from dusk to dawn of UCSB’s North Campus Open Space Restoration (6969 Whittier Drive, Goleta). Access the guided virtual tour at https://arcg.is/04W4Xr [arcg.is].
- Storm Drain Chalk Art Contest: Join in this inaugural contest! Grab your sidewalk chalk and create art at your nearest storm drain. Share a pic on Facebook or Instagram tagged with #sbcreekweek for a chance at fun prizes. Please be safe while creating your artwork. A limited amount of free chalk will be available for pickup at Art From Scrap (at the corner of Garden & Cota Street) on Saturday, September 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (first come, first served).
- Film Screenings at the West Wind Drive-In
- Eco-Film Nights Kiss the Ground Film Premiere on September 21 from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. ($10 per person or $20 per car)
- Public Trust – The Fight for America’s Public Lands on September 23 from 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. and again from 9:15 – 10:45 p.m. (free)
- Coastal Clean-Up Days: Saturdays September 19 and 26 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon, the community is encouraged to clean-up their neighborhood or favorite open space. Clean-ups should be self-guided and close to home. Use the Clean Swell App [oceanconservancy.org] to track and report your progress. Learn more here: https://tinyurl.com/y5evqdl2 [tinyurl.com]
To see the full schedule and get more information, visit sbcreekweek.com [sbcreekweek.com].