Category Archives: Rose Creek

Get It Done! App

See things at the creek you don’t like? Put the Get it Done! App on your phone and use it. Let’s hold the City’s feet to the fire. Besides reporting problems with trash, illegal activity, and impassible bike paths, the app creates statistics. Let’s show the City how many problems they are not addressing and make sure issues along Rose Creek make it onto City reports.


City Nature Challenge 2018 Final Results

The results are in.

San Diego County came in first place for the total increase in the number of volunteers from last year. The city that added the most new iNaturalist participants to their region through the City Nature Challenge: San Diego, California with 733 new observers added during the City Nature Challenge. Thank you to each of you who participate.

To see all the details, visit City Nature Challenge 2018.




San Diegans Rocking It for City Nature Challenge 2018

A huge thanks to those who came out to Rose Creek and helped document the amazing diversity of life in this urban creek.

In San Diego county, over 1,100 Citizen Scientists made over 30,000 observations and documented over 2,700 species. To see San Diegan’s obeservations, click here.

Looks like San Diego made second place in observations, species, and people. Check out the results!

Rose Canyon Open Space Park May Bird Walks

Bird walk information Adults and kids welcome (we recommend ages 9 and up)
Walks are easy, and you may leave at any time

No bathrooms or water in Rose Canyon Park or at the trailhead parking area

Meet: Trailhead at intersection of Regents Road/Lahitte Court, University City.
From intersection of Governor Dr./Regents Rd., go north on Regents two blocks to dead end.

Bring: Binoculars if you have them – or you can borrow ours. Water and sunscreen.

8 am start: Walks start promptly. Please arrive 10 minutes early to park, sign in, and, if you want, borrow binoculars. Some walks Saturday, some Sunday.


Saturday May 5: 8 – 10 am
Saturday May 12:  8 – 10 am

For details and additional information, click here.

Creek to Bay Cleanup A Huge Success

66 volunteers worked very hard along Rose Creek on April 21 pickup trash, getting down in the creek to pull out tires and muddy sleeping bags, and we enjoyed ice cream provided by Campland on the Bay. A few lucky winners took home books and t-shirt raffle prizes, and Friends of Rose Creek volunteer, Laurie (in her 70s), moved a lot of trash in the U-Haul truck.  I Love A Clean San Diego even awarded our site captains the “Site Captain of the Year Award” — the second time in 14 years that we have won. We couldn’t have done it out all the great volunteers. Thanks to Pamela for shuttling trash. Enjoy these photos from the event!

April 21 Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup @ Rose Creek

Join I Love A Clean San Diego and the Friends of Rose Creek as we cleanup Rose Creek from the Mike Gotch Bridge to Interstate 5.

The cleanup runs from 9 a.m. until noon and we’ll meet at Mission Bay High School.

Registration is now open. Click here to register online so we know how much food to bring to feed all our amazing volunteers.

All participants under 18 will need to have a parent or guardian sign. Or just come down to Mission Bay High School about 8:45 AM on Saturday, April 21. We’ll be in the Faculty Parking Lot on the east side of campus overlooking Rose Creek and you can sign up on the spot! Plenty of overflow parking is available in the Student Lot on the west side of campus at the corner of Lee Street and Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach.

We’ll have snacks, prizes, and all the everyone who shows up can participate in the Bling Your Bucket contest. Decorate those buckets, wheel barrows and wagons before you come. Reusable is the message we are trying to promote. Participate in the Bling Your Bucket contest to minimize the use of trash bags. We’re here to get rid of trash – not create more of it. More information to be added as we get closer to the event.

At 11:45 a.m., we will have ice cream provide by Campland-on-the-Bay and a raffle with some earth cooling prizes.

If you can, bring work gloves, buckets and wagons to move the trash from where you find it to the dumpster. Burlap sacks and/or tarps are useful as well.  Hauling distances vary but can be up to 3/4 of a mile. Bring your reusable water bottles to fill up. Snacks and drinking water will be provided. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes.


Scout Badges will be available from I Love A Clean San Diego after the event but you must show up and register to be eligible — Here’s this year’s badge.

December Bird Watching Fun

The Friends of Rose Creek led two bird watching walks this holiday season. On December 30, we were able to watch a Great Blue Heron try to swallow a dead fish that was just a tad too big. We saw many, many American Widgeon, a couple of Snowy Egrets, a Kingfisher, Osprey, and some more mundane birds like Coots and Mallards. What a wonderful time to be out at the creek.