Help Keep Our Creeks Clean

September 3, 9:00 – 11: 30 a.m.

Are you looking for a fun and easy way to give back to Goleta? Participate in the Maria Ygnacio Creek Cleanup this Saturday, September 3rd from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. The City of Goleta is excited to announce it has partnered with the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) and Santa Barbara Urban Creeks Council for six creek cleanups this fall. These are the first organized creek cleanups since the COVID pandemic began.

Apart from providing clean drinking water, Goleta’s creeks are vital wildlife habitats that support rare species. These creaks are important for recreation and can provide local students and residents with opportunities to get out in nature and learn about the environment. The last creek cleanup that was done at Maria Ygnacio Creek, volunteers collected more than 300 pounds of trash! Join us there again on Saturday, September 3, from 9:00 a.m. – 11: 30 a.m.

To participate, please RSVP to Brian Trautwein at Participants will meet at the corner of Ribera Drive and Matorral Way (where the Maria Ygnacio Bike Path crosses under Highway 101). Remember to wear a hat, sunscreen, and closed-toe shoes; bring water in a reusable container and work gloves if you have them (latex gloves provided).

If you can’t make it this Saturday, don’t worry, there are more cleanups from now through mid-November that you can participate in. Below is the schedule, all cleanups begin at 9:00 a.m.

  • September 3, Maria Ygnacio Creek
  • September 17, San Jose Creek
  • October 8, Glen Annie Creek
  • October 22, Devereux Creek
  • November 5, San Pedro/Las Vegas Creeks
  • November 19, Atascadero Creek

For more information, please visit or call the EDC at 805-963-1622.

Thank you for helping us keep Goleta healthy and beautiful!