This winter the Friends worked extra hard to apply for large private and public grants to make creek restoration on the Willow Creek Academy (WCA) campus a reality. Board member Emily Schmidt was a sponsor for our application to the Lennox Foundation to design a daylighted creek in the upper campus, and remove the non-native eucalyptus trees to accommodate the restoration. Also included is design of an outdoor classroom to accompany what would be a new, ¼-acre size outdoor laboratory with a year-round creek! The drainage improvements would extend to the staff parking lot and possibly rehabilitate an old well and irrigation system for the campus.
Yesterday, the Friends of the Creek received $100,000 to make progress on these projects. We have another application for State Prop 1 funding for a similar amount of money, using the Lennox funds as match. With this significant endowment, as well as a $4,500 grant from the Rose Foundation, we are aiming to make our organization a little less informal, with membership, open meetings, and enhanced reporting moving forward into our Seventh Year as an organization. We will be working to strengthen our connections to the community, both in the school and the watershed, and we ask that you seriously consider a more active role with us in restoring creeks to Sausalito. There is much interest in the philanthropic, investor, and government funding sectors to invest in these multi-benefit environmental and educational projects for our present and future generations, and we need your help and enthusiasm!
We appreciate folks’ contributions to the Friends of the Creek over the years, as donations are tax deductible and can be done via our website.
March 31st, 2017 Marks the Sixth Anniversary of Friends of the Creek
Today marks our 6th anniversary as a 501c3 nonprofit, as we were established on March 31, 2011, in anticipation of Earth Day that year when we cleared the Nevada and Bridgeway Willow Grove site for the first time. Since then, we’ve not looked back, taking advantage of the great opportunity we have to create stewardship of this Creek by the Willow Creek Academy public school and the local neighborhood. We have planted over 3,500 plants, held over 20 cleanup events, and the site is enjoyed by the school and community more than ever. And the creek just keeps flowing along, 24/7/365. Our original mission of daylighting the creek through the school and the City remains strong!!
Friends Board member Anne Siskin has been working with head of School Tara Seekins and Maintenance Chief Alan Rothkop, as well as some WCA 3rd graders and mentor students from Marin Country Day, to design a drainage system to go with our new 2000 square foot hillside native plant garden. On MLK Day this year, over 80 volunteers from local business Heath Ceramics helped the Friends clear weeds from this hillside in the center of campus and plant dozens of native plants and mulch. The rainy winter resulted in some “run-on” of parking lot water washing out some of the garden, and we responded by designing flow paths that will keep the garden intact over time. These trenches will eventually have rounded rocks so they look like a little creek (a preview of our big creek restoration to come!!!)