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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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! ...

What an incredibly beautiful place to dedicate your time and passion to protecting. Last chance! Apply to be OCWC’s next executive director by tomorrow, June 3rd. Link in bio. ...

We’re hiring! Ready to put your passion and skills to work protecting Oak Creek? We're searching for our next dedicated executive director to lead the organization and its mission forward. Apply now: link in bio! ...

Do you strive to work outdoors and make a positive difference in our environment? Our Watershed Technician leads our field work activities and dedicated volunteers in protecting the flowing waters of Oak Creek for future generations. Last chance: applications due tomorrow! Link in bio. ...

Join our team! We're looking for a Watershed Technician who will sample water quality, lead volunteer cleanup events, maintain pet waste stations, and more. Interested? Applications due by Friday, May 27. For more information, visit the link in our bio. ...

Join us for Pickin’ Up in the Pines, a collaborative cleanup! Get outside, clean up trash, protect the Oak Creek watershed, and celebrate summer!
Meet Wednesday, May 25th at 9AM at the FR 237 dispersed camping area just south of Flagstaff.
RSVP through the link in our bio!
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Thank you to the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, @visitsedona, for supporting #Voluntourism efforts like these that help keep northern Arizona clean and beautiful! Events like these wouldn’t be possible without many different partners— thanks to the Coconino National Forest, National Forest Foundation, and Arizona Game and Fish Department for joining us on Wednesday!
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We’re putting on two more cleanup events this month and really need your help! Join us and the City of Sedona tomorrow, May 18th, for a morning full of stewardship in the Dry Creek area! 🏜 See below for more information.
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We’re also partnering with National Forest Foundation, AZGFD, and Coconino National Forest to throw on another Pickin’ Up In the Pines event. For more information and to RSVP, please click the link in our bio!
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May 18th event: 8am-11am

Where to Meet: Meet at the Mescal parking lot off of Long Canyon Rd.

What to bring: Please wear hiking attire, sun protection, hiking boots or closed-toe shoes, and bring plenty of water and snacks to fuel your stewardship efforts!

Register: Please RSVP for this event by emailing oakcreekcleanups@gmail.com with the subject line "May 18th Cleanup." We'll provide further information and directions when you RSVP.
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Our virtual Spring Watershed Meeting is today at 4pm! Join us to learn about our 2022 projects, upcoming volunteer opportunities, and how climate change is impacting Sedona. We’ll hear from @cityofsedonaaz’s Alicia Peck and learn about Sedona’s Climate Action Plan. Register through the link in our bio! ...

✨Sedona clean-up event announcement!✨
Join us and @cityofsedonaaz for a morning of stewardship on May 18th! Together, we’ll tackle the very popular Dry Creek hiking area. See below for more information and RSVP by emailing oakcreekcleanups@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!
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Where: Meet at the Mescal parking lot off of Long Canyon Rd.
When: May 18th, 8am-11am
What to bring: Please wear hiking attire, sun protection, hiking boots or closed-toe shoes, and bring plenty of water and snacks to fuel your stewardship efforts!
The plan: Please RSVP for this event by emailing oakcreekcleanups@gmail.com with the subject line "May 18th Cleanup." We'll provide further information when you RSVP.
Volunteers will meet Oak Creek Watershed Council and the City of Sedona at the Mescal parking lot at 8am. Supplies will be provided. We'll tackle nearby trails, parking areas, and FR 152. We hope you can join us for a morning full of stewardship!
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