Oak Creek Watershed Council

Protecting one of Arizona’s greatest treasures – and the habitat it supports

The Oak Creek Watershed Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to preserving the health and integrity of Oak Creek. Oak Creek is a perennial, spring-fed stream that stretches fifty miles from its headwaters in Oak Creek Canyon, and flows through Sedona, Page Springs, and Cornville to its confluence with the Verde River. As one of the last free-running streams in Arizona, Oak Creek is a precious jewel of riparian habitat in the desert Southwest, where human activity has destroyed over 90% of all rivers and streams.

With increased tourism and visitation, Oak Creek’s unique riparian ecosystem is being challenged like never before. Sedona alone gets an estimated three million visitors per year, and many of those visitors naturally want to be in or around Oak Creek. It’s simply beautiful, and a great place to be – particularly in warm weather. Sadly, the result is massive increases to littering, wildlife disruption, habitat degradation, and microbial contamination. Oak Creek is being loved to death.

Oak Creek Watershed Council works to mitigate that through stewardship engagement; partnering with local agencies and interest groups; outreach and education; and scientific monitoring.

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Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, and we hope the Oak Creek Watershed Council is on your list of charities to support this year. When you give today, you will help strengthen our operations as we solidify our ambitious agenda for 2023.

Your #GivingTuesday support will help us hit the ground running next year in our ongoing efforts to preserve the health and integrity of Oak Creek through water quality monitoring, organized trash pick-ups, management of 37 trailhead pet waste stations, and social trail monitoring in Oak Creek Canyon.

Get a head start on this special day of giving. Donate at tinyurl.com/GivingTuesdayOakCreek2022 (link in bio). 😎

Shopping online this holiday season? Considering supporting Oak Creek by switching to smile.amazon.com! Here's how:
1) Go to smile.amazon.com
2) Select Oak Creek Watershed Council as “Your current charity”
3) When you plan to shop on Amazon, start at smile.amazon.com instead (bookmark it!)
4) Every time you make purchases there, Amazon donates 0.5% of your total to OCWC at no extra cost to you!

It may seem small, but if we get all our supporters to do this, it adds up!
Thanks for considering OCWC as your Amazon charity of choice! 😎

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YOU'RE INVITED! Join us for a public meeting to hear updates about the health of our beloved Oak Creek watershed. Council staff, board members, and partners will give short presentations about water quality, volunteerism, waste removal, and more. Starts at 2:00 pm on Friday, October 14, at the @sedonalibrary.

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On this #thankfulthursday Oak Creek Watershed Council wants to spotlight Tucker and Nate! Thank you both for cleaning up trash everywhere you go in the canyon 🙌🏼 Nate and Cassidy found Tucker at the creek last Sunday while on Canyon Patrol and he had his trash picker and a garbage bag with him to collect trash while recreating at the creek - how dedicated! 💪🏼 Tucker is a great steward of the creek and is a shining example of how to be an Oak Creek Caretaker.💧🌾 Thanks to all who pick up trash at Oak Creek Canyon!
Comment 🚮 below if you bring your own trash bag with you while hanging out at Oak Creek!

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On this #tiptuesday we want to talk trash! Or talk about it🤪 Hiking and picnicking are popular activities in beautiful Oak Creek, but there’s always the chance that trash from these activities will be left behind. So, don’t leave home without a plan!

We recommend bringing a grocery bag or even a kitchen trash bag with you when hiking or picnicking so that you can keep your trash contained while still enjoying the creek!🌾

Bringing your own bags for trash and packing it out to your car is a simple and effective action that keeps Oak Creek clean and healthy! This is a great tip on how to Leave No Trace!

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Want to help protect and conserve the wonderful Oak Creek Canyon? Well, we have a few opportunities for you this July! Join us on Sunday the 17th and 24th at 8:30 AM! Please RSVP for more information on how to participate in our cleanup events: kalai@oakcreekwatershed.org ...

✨Steward cleanup event✨ join us on Friday, June 24th! This event is a great opportunity for anyone that wishes to sign-up for our Steward program or to just get together to make a difference! We'll meet at Indian Gardens Cafe and Market on Friday, June 24th, 2:30-5pm, to celebrate our efforts with iced tea or coffee, snacks, and a cleanup on the creek! Please RSVP if you plan to attend by sending us a message. We hope to see you there! ...

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