Welcome to SPAWNERS
The San Pablo Watershed Neighbors Education & Restoration Society

Support SPAWNERS as we celebrate our 15-year anniversary! 

- Read about our work since 2000 here.
- Donate to support our first online fundraiser here.

De Anza High School Seniors from the environmental group Beyond.

SPAWNERS Creek Restoration Documentary

This video documents a 5-year restoration project that SPAWNERS did with the East Bay Municipal Utility District. Cleaning, bank-stabilization, and planting projects on Appian and Wilkie Creeks were done with the help of community volunteers and students from De Anza High School as well as the local Boys & Girls Club. This video was produced by Kirston Koths of Oak Leaf Studios, and is best enjoyed in 1080p, stereo.


Read our Fall 2015 Newsletter here!

Special note: Our print newsletter is now only available by 
special request. Please join our e-news list by contacting Helen Dickson (helen@thewatershedproject.org), or you can still find printed copies of the most recent edition at the El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Road in El Sobrante. Thank you for helping us go paperless!


We are a group of volunteers from our community who are working together to protect San Pablo Creek. 

We restore creek banks, remove invasive plant species, plant lovely natives, monitor creek quality, and help others learn about and appreciate our local creeks.

We invite you to join us. Volunteer or Become a Member.

By joining SPAWNERS and volunteering to help care for our creeks you will enrich your life and that of your community by making the San Pablo Creek watershed a special place worth living in.  

SPAWNERS leads a variety of projects and events throughout the year:

El Sobrante Library Creekside Park Project

Wilkie Creek Outdoor Classroom Project

Other Creek Restoration/Stewardship Workdays

Friday Morning Weed Team Workdays

Special Events

Community Meetings

Check the SPAWNERS Calendar: SPAWNERS Calendar

Contact us if you are interested: Contact Us

Upcoming Events

Water Bug Team
Sat., Nov. 28, 9:30am-noon
El Sobrante Library
4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante

Have you ever wondered what lives at the bottom of our creeks? Would you like to find out? Join us in the creeks as we look for benthic macroinvertebrates, bottom-dwelling bugs that tell us about creek health. No experience necessary. We welcome volunteers to join us in this event, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Helen Dickson (helen@thewatershedproject.org) 
to learn more and ensure your spot.

Holiday Open House

Sat., December 5, 1-4pm
El Sobrante Library Meeting Room
4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante

Please join us as we celebrate fifteen years of restoring San Pablo Creek! Stop by our Holiday Open House for light refreshments, arts and crafts, family-friendly fun, and to see what SPAWNERS accomplished this year. Help us kick off the holiday season – we look forward to seeing you!

Volunteer Workday

Sat., December 12, 9:30am - noon
El Sobrante Library
4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante

Help take care of one of our native plant restoration sites! People with all levels of experience are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear sturdy shoes, comfortable work clothes, and bring a water bottle. SPAWNERS will provide tools, gloves, and snacks. 

Please RSVP if bringing a group of 4 people or more to helen@thewatershedproject.org or 510-665-3538. Groups of 10 or more minor volunteers (under 18 years old) must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

Every volunteer must have valid waivers on file. Volunteers under 18 must have their waivers signed by a parent or legal guardian. Click here for waiver forms and more information.

View our Calendar to learn about other upcoming events.