Reminder- Bear Creek Stewardship Day and Tour

Volunteers are requested for Bear Creek Stewardship Day clean-up and restoration events on September 24th, 2022 within the Bear Creek Watershed and along the Bear Creek Greenway in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

The Bear Creek Stewards, an organization comprised of the cities within Jackson County, as well as other local groups and businesses, are looking for volunteers to participate in Bear Creek Stewardship Day on September 24th, 2022.

Activities will include removing litter and debris in addition to invasive plant removal and gardening maintenance tasks along Bear Creek and the Bear Creek Greenway from Central Point to Ashland . The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. Juice, water, and snacks for clean-up volunteers will be provided . Participants can get clean-up materials such as trash bags, trash pickers, and gloves to use during the event, although volunteers are encouraged to bring their own if they have them.

The Bear Creek Stewardship Day event will have check-in locations from Central Point to Ashland (see Locations for further details). For participants looking for more than trash removal, pollinator garden maintenance and blackberry grubbing and removal will occur at Coyote Trails Nature Center, blackberry grubbing and removal events will occur at Northridge Terrace and Lynn Newbry Park, and a weeding, watering, and interpretive signage clean-up event will occur at the Pine Street Greenway entrance, with trash removal as needed.

After a lunch break, volunteers are encouraged to join natural resources practitioners for a short tour at Coyote Trails Nature Center and Lithia & Driveway Fields from 1:00 to 2:00. During the tour, volunteers and others will learn about the Bear Creek Restoration Initiative and the collaborative efforts along the Bear Creek Greenway, including riparian restoration and pollinator garden projects, as well as other volunteer opportunities that community members can get involved in. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Volunteers can find more information and register for the event at . Additional information regarding efforts within the Bear Creek Watershed can be found at and . We hope to see you there!

press release from RVCOG