Our Projects

Water Sampling
Water Sampling

In 2020, Oak Creek Ambassadors are sampling at several Oak Creek Canyon day-use sites. This project is supported by a grant from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. The goal of this sampling effort is to understand E. coli and visitor-use trends over busy weekends. Moreover, this data will help gauge the effectiveness of roadside pullout closures under the Oak…

Macroinvertebrate Surveys
Macroinvertebrate Surveys

Soil erosion is impacting the ecological health of Oak Creek. When excessive sediment settles on the stream bottom it suffocates aquatic insects (a.k.a. benthic macroinvertebrates) that are key food prey items for fish and other wildlife. Sediment also serves as a reservoir for fecal contaminants (E. coli bacteria). Sedimentation occurs from erosion, which can be contributed to over-use of swimming…

Pet Waste Station (PWS) Program
Pet Waste Station (PWS) Program

Every gram of dog feces contains an average of 23 million E.coli bacteria, which poses a health threat for recreators swimming in Oak Creek. The PWS program identified locations within the Oak Creek corridor as potential sites for Gladiator pet waste stations. Every gram of dog feces contains an average of 23 million E.coli bacteria, which poses a health threat…

Oak Creek Ambassador Program
Oak Creek Ambassador Program

Stewardship Engagement In partnership with the following groups: the United States Forest Service (USFS), the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), the City of Sedona, the Arizona Community Foundation, and the National Forest Foundation; several young people spent the last seven summers working on Oak Creek recreation sites, talking to visitors, picking up trash, human and dog waste, monitoring water…

Become an Oak Creek Steward
Become an Oak Creek Steward

If you go someplace because it is beautiful, wouldn’t you want to leave it that way? Right now, Oak Creek remains an essential source of healing for us all. Unfortunately, we are seeing even more visitors flee to the creek and Sedona trails during this time. That means a significant impact on the fragile riparian ecosystem. We see massive increases…

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