Earth Day Willow Conservation Project

For almost a decade volunteers have been helping the Town celebrate Earth Day by restoring disturbed areas along Sellars Gulch in Downtown Castle Rock or at Philip S. Miller Park. We harvest willow branches from healthy riparian (streamside) habitat upstream of Festival Park, then replant them along Sellars Gulch as it travels through Festival Park or along the drainages at Philip S. Miller Park.

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2021 Earth Day Willow Harvest and Planting

Rescheduled due to inclement weather
Saturday, April 24, 2021
9-11 a.m.

We will be harvesting and planting willows at three different crossings along East Plum Creek Trail. These crossings were disturbed as a result of the recent construction for the southern extension of the trail between South Perry Street and Crystal Valley Parkway.

Get involved! Register to volunteer for our Earth Day outing.  

In order to ensure social distancing, volunteers will sign up for one of three teams (A, B, C). 

  • Team A will meet at the East Plum Creek Trailhead on South Perry Street across from Safeway. 
  • Team B will meet at the Heir and Gannon Trailhead.
  • Team C at the south end of East Plum Creek Trail off of Crystal Valley Parkway.

The willow conservation project is perfect for scout groups working on their conservation badges! Plus, learn how to improve and restore riparian habitat.