Join Friends of the Napa River at these upcoming events:

Connolly Ranch Harvest Festival and Napa Valley Disaster Relief

This year’s annual Harvest Festival at Connolly Ranch is an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, be comforted by the farm animals and heal together as a community. Games and activities by local organizations (Friends will be there!), live music and old-fashioned classics like corn grinding, wool spinning and scarecrow building make this FREE day on the farm a treat for all ages! Fresh food and drink will be available for purchase. Harvest Festival 2017 – benefiting those who have been affected by the wildfires in Napa and Sonoma100% of profits from donation jars, beverage sales, raffle tickets and specialized activities will go to Napa Valley Disaster Relief Fund and the Farmer Thom Scholarship Fund.

Admission is FREE, but registration is required. If you are able, a donation amount you are comfortable with is encouraged during. To register, visit: 

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: American Badgers, November 8th at 7:00 pm. Did you even know we have Badgers in Napa County? The American badger is a nocturnal mammal that is native to California. Since 1987, they have been listed by California Department of Fish and Wildlife as a Species of Special Concern. Join Naturalist Susan Kirks as she shares observations from her 18 years of badger field studies. Ms. Kirks will discuss the American badger’s habitat and life-cycle, compare the American badger to the well-known honey badger, and share their important role in California’s coastal and upland grassland ecosystems.

WILD St. Helena is taking a winter break, and will be back in February. The next edition at the St. Helena Library is scheduled for Tuesday, February  at 5:30: come learn about skunks with Jen Hunter, PhD, U.C. Berkeley..

What local wildlife species (fish, bird, bug, reptile, amphibian) are you curious about? Send your ideas to and we will all learn together!

Acorns to Oaks:Partnerships to “re-oak” the Napa Valley


Help Friends of the Napa River and the Napa RCD ‘re-oak’ the Napa Valley by joining us Saturday, Nov. 18th 9:30-11:30 to plant acorns and care for oak seedlings at Alston Park in Napa. Learn about the importance of our local oaks, and take some acorns home to plant.

 Film Series

The Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County (EECNC) is hosting a film series. The next movie, Before the Flood,  is scheduled for December 14th (NOTE DATE CHANGE!) at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30, and the film starts at 7:00. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and will benefit the EECNC Darcy Aston Environmental Advocacy Scholarship.  After the film, speakers will present current projects addressing climate change locally. Download the flier here: BTF Flyer_EM

River Cleanups

2017 Cleanups:

One more River cleanup before the rains really get started… we are still working on a date. General cleanup info:


  • 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: FONR Volunteer Waiver Clean-up

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!

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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