Join Friends of the Napa River at these upcoming events:

WILD lecture series

Learn more about the wildlife in our backyard by attending the WILD lecture series hosted by our local libraries. Next up for WILD Napa at the Napa Library on August 9, 7:00pm: Skunks! Skunks are common in California—most of us see (or smell) them often, but most know very little about these fascinating and underappreciated California carnivores. Skunks are among the most adaptable carnivores; they are found nearly everywhere, from wildlands to urban gardens. Join Jen Hunter as she shares her PhD research on skunks. She is an avid skunk enthusiast and promises that by the end of the night, you will have a new appreciation for our mysterious native skunks. Flier here: WNapa.Skunks

Join us up-valley for WILD St. Helena at the St. Helena Library on Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 to learn about bats with Corky Quirk of NorCal Bats, featuring LIVE BATS! November will bring a lecture on owls, details soon.

Film Series

The Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County (EECNC) is hosting a film series. The next movie will be Watermark on Thursday, July 27th at 7pm at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center. This movie will knock your socks off and change your perspective on the water we all share on this blue planet of ours! Not to be missed! See the eecnc_film_series flier for more information. Before the Flood is the film scheduled for November 2 at the Napa Valley College.

River Cleanups

Napa Countywide Coastal Cleanup Day: September 16, 9-noon. Help keep our River and our ocean clean during the 32nd  annual California Coastal Cleanup Day! This event is part of International and California Coastal Clean-up Day where thousands of volunteers in all 50 states and 100 countries take part in the world’s largest waterway and beach cleanup of the year! The CA Coastal Commission has produced an interactive map of cleanup locations in Napa County, along with every corner of the state, visit:

Register here at brownpapertickets. com ~ Napa County Coastal Cleanup 2016, or Contact Jemma Williams at or 707-252-4189 x 3117 for more information

2017 Cleanup Sites

Napa – Sites: Downtown Napa, at the corner of Main and Pearl Streets near Napa Creek*;   Oxbow District Flood Bypass, under the Wine Train bridge of McKinstry Street; South Wetlands, end of Jefferson Street; Kennedy Park, boat dock; Edgerley Island- across from 1580 Milton Road; Salvador Creek/Vintage High School quad, off Trower Rd; Riverside Drive (Please note: this site is not yet confirmed.)   * Important! Volunteers are encouraged to clean the downtown streets and stay away from the banks of Napa Creek that contain restoration plantings.

St. Helena – Contact: Tobias Barr – or 707-968-2746 Site: Jacob Meily Park, Located at Pope Street and Mariposa Lane

American Canyon –  Contact: Stacey Johnson – or 707-647-5333, Site: Community Park 2, 319 Donaldson Way

Lake Berryessa – Contact: or 567-674-5611. Sites: Markley Cove, Steele Canyon, Pope Creek Bridge (Ground, Dive, Canoe, & Kayak)

Calistoga – Contact: Louise Harrison – or 707-942-2780 . Sites: Washington St Bike Path (Corporation Yard to Dunaweal Ln); Napa River adjacent to Pioneer Park; Old Pacific Railroad Right-of-Way (Lincoln to Little League Field); Oat Hill Mine Trail head (Lincoln Ave & Silverado Trail)

More Information:

  • Gear: Garbage buckets,bags, latex gloves, and light refreshments will be provided. Bring your own bucket or bin to help us reduce single use bag usage/waste. Wear sunscreen and work clothes.

  • Water: Bring your own re-usable containers
  • Waiver: All participants must sign a waiver! Also,children under 18 are required to have a liability waiver form signed by a parent or legal guardian before they can participate. Download waiver: EnglishSpanish

Ongoing Volunteer opportunities:

FONR needs volunteer help! Are you interested in helping to: plan events, staff our booth at events, spruce up our website, develop newsletters, coordinate volunteers, lend a hand for river clean-ups? Contact Shari: or 707-799-5241 and we will put your skills/interests to work!

Really want to help in your community? Come to the 1st Volunteer Fair at the Oxbow School on Saturday, August 5 from 10-2. Over 40 local organizations (including Friends!) will be on hand to share ways for you to get involved and lend a hand. Come wander through the school and enjoy music, food, the river,  and good company. Flier here: Napa Volunteer Fair 2017

Want to help your Napa River, but have no time to spare? Donate to FONR on PayPal here

If you have questions about any of these events, contact us: or call 707-254-8520. Visit us online at  to learn more, or to join Friends or renew your membership. Thank you for your support!

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