Annual Event


Come out for the 6th Annual Rock Creek Watershed Wide Event!

Join the Rock Creek Partnership on Saturday, March 11th in Happy Valley for our sixth annual Watershed Wide Event!  We’ll be planting a wide diversity of native trees and shrubs to build habitat and enhance watershed health.  No experience is necessary and all are welcome — families, neighbors, and friends!  

This is a popular event and space is limited.  Please save your space by filling out this online form:  Rock Creek Watershed Wide Event 2017

There will be live music, a delicious variety of breakfast snacks and coffee/tea provided to all volunteers, as well as raffle prizes! The staging site will once again be the Galaxy Barn at Pendarvis Farm – site of the renowned Pickathon Music Festival.  Parking is limited at the Pendarvis farm so we ask that all volunteers meet us at the nearby Happy Valley City Hall where shuttles will bring you to the farm.  Plan to arrive by 8:30-8:45am at City Hall to leave enough time after arriving at the farm to get registered and assigned to a crew, as well as to enjoy hot coffee and breakfast treats. The event will wrap-up around 1:00pm.

Rock Creek is an important tributary of the Clackamas River, which provides high quality drinking water to more than 300,000 people and provides critical habitat for many sensitive species of plants, fish and wildlife.  

We hope to work with you — and don’t forget to pre-register!



TAKE FIVE: Rollin’ on in Rock Creek!

On Saturday, March 12th, a band of 132 dedicated rock star volunteers came together to plant AND mulch over 1,500 native trees and shrubs at the infamous Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley. The fifth annual Rock Creek Watershed Wide event was a huge success, pulling in an all time high volunteer turnout!

It was such a treat to get to work as one large group to plant together at the farm itself, helping create a pollinator hedgerow to be enjoyed by animals, insects, and music festival goers alike!

Rock Creek is an important tributary of the Clackamas River, which provides high quality drinking water to more than 300,000 people and provides critical habitat for many sensitive species of plants, fish and wildlife. THANK YOU for making the watershed that much healthier, and of course thank you to Sherri and Scott Pendarvis for not only hosting the event, but allowing us to work on their property. 

Tremendous thanks to WES for making the whole thing possible! 

Be sure to check out a few photos of the event here.



TAKE FOUR: RoCK Creek Gets Greener

Rain and mud was no match for 103 volunteers who dug in to plant 1,600 native trees and shrubs in the Rock Creek basin on March 14, 2015! What’s more, plants were given some much needed TLC through mulch and coffee-bags too. THANK YOU to everyone that braved the Pacific NW conditions to pitch in for stream health with so much enthusiasm!

As always, festivities at the renowned Pendarvis Farm were a highlight, featuring live music by bluegrass band Wild Rose Trail and Portland musician Kelsey Mousley. Delicious food from New Seasons and raffle prizes also hit the spot.

Extra special thanks to Sherry & Scott Pendarvis for graciously hosting us at the beautiful Galaxy Barn.

A few photos from the event can be viewed here. And check out a video created by Clackamas County here.

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Thank you to WES for all their support which makes this event possible!




Thank you to the 114 volunteers that helped make the Rock Creek Partnership’s third annual Watershed Wide Event an amazing success! The weather couldn’t have been better, we enjoyed tasty food and drink, gave away some fun raffle prizes — and we even had great music from the Wild Rose Trail Band to kick things off in style. We couldn’t do what we do without your help – thank you so much!

As a result of your hard work, more than 1,200 native trees and shrubs were planted along Rock Creek and several yards of mulch were spread to existing restoration planting sites. All of this will improve the quality of water that flows into the Clackamas River — an important water supply for more than 400,000 people — as well as create healthy habitat for native fish and wildlife.

Extra special thanks to Sherry & Scott Pendarvis for graciously hosting us at beautiful Pendarvis Farm and the Galaxy Barn.

Here are a couple pictures from the planting crews — feel free to check out more photos from the day HERE.

Check out a video of the event here:  short version or long version

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The amazing Sherry and ScottPendarvis graciously hosted the Rock Creek Partnership’s 2nd Annual Watershed Wide Event at the beautiful Pendarvis Farm and Galaxy Barn on March 16th, 2013. Over 70 volunteers joined Clackamas River Basin Council, Friends of Trees, and SOLVE to plant more than 1000 native trees and shrubs and spread several yards of mulch at three nearby restoration sites along Rock Creek. Great music, tasty grub, and raffle prizes also hit the spot to help celebrate the critical ly important work volunteers accomplished to improve water quality and create healthy habitat for native fish and wildlife in Clackamas County’s Rock Creek basin.

Extra special thanks to Water Environment Services, New Seasons, Voodoo Doughnuts, Einstein Bagels, Peet’s Coffee, Grand Central Bakery, REI, Wild Rose Trail band, the National Charity League, and Sherry and Scott Pendarvis of Pendarvis Farm for their generous contributions that made this day possible.

Check out the Rock Creek Partnership Flickr photostream for more event photos.

And mark your calendars for next year’s Watershed Wide Event on Saturday, March 15th, 2014!

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Inaugural Rock Creek Watershed Wide Event A Roaring Success!!!

Despite a month of wet weather and a high flowing creek, the Rock Creek Partnership’s first joint planting event came off without a hitch! Over 1500 native trees and shrubs were planted at three Clackamas County sites by over 70 volunteers.

The objective was simple, to help create a buffer of native vegetation alongside the creek in order to filter runoff from roads and nearby agricultural fields to clean and shade water in the creek, and to provide additional habitat resources for wildlife.

The event kickoff and festivities were staged out of the Galaxy Barn at the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley. Live music, a bevy of breakfast and lunch goodies, and raffle prizes fueled volunteers for a fun day. And County Commissioner Jamie Damon stopped by to congratulate and thank planters for their important work contributing to the county’s ongoing watershed restoration programs.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and sponsors who made the 2012 Rock Creek Watershed Wide event a huge success! Please join us for next year’s Rock Creek Watershed Wide Event on Saturday, March 16th, 2013.

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