Each winter we look forward to following the endangered coho salmon as they return upstream. It is the best chance for people to more deeply connect with the coho’s struggle. Often in awe of their determination and fight, creek walks provide the perfect opportunity to learn more our present day struggle to protect these iconic fish before they disappear!


With the first hard rains, comes the beginning of spawning season for coho salmon. The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) program of Turtle Island Restoration Network offers creek walks to the surrounding community. SPAWN naturalists lead the creek walks in the Lagunitas Creek Watershed, home to the largest remaining run of wild Central California Coast Coho. Our tours explore many sites throughout the watershed in an effort to teach participants about the ecology of our endangered coho salmon and their ancient connection to our iconic coast redwoods. In addition, we learn about native plants, animals, and anything else we encounter along the way.

Tours will meet at Samuel P. Taylor state park near the first set of bathrooms in the picnic area. You will receive a parking pass included with your donation from the naturalist lead on site or a ranger at the main kiosk.

After an introduction we may take the group to one of many sites throughout the watershed. These different legs of the tour are a combination of short walks or drives to the most ideal viewing sites. While we will be standing in search of salmon for most of the tour, the combined distance walking at different sites is no more than 1-2 miles. Please check with your leader when you arrive if you have any detailed questions about the sites we are visiting for that day.

The most EPIC First Fish Face - Do you remember your first sight of spawning?

The most EPIC First Fish Face of 2016

We offer tours on Saturdays through December and January, as well as a few additional tours on the holidays. We suggest a $15 donation per person on our public tours OR a $35 annual SPAWN membership earns you a free family creek walk.

We are always happy to set up a private tour, just email Catie to discuss your groups needs. We typically ask for $200 donation for private tours, or an exchange for a group volunteer project.

For questions contact: Education Specialist Catie Clune by email at catie@tirn.net.

Upcoming Creek Walks

December 16, 2017 [sign up here]

December 23, 2017 [sign up here]

December 24, 2017 [sign up here]

December 26, 2017 [sign up here]

December 30, 2017 [sign up here]

December 31, 2017 [sign up here]

January 6, 2018 [sign up here]

January 13, 2018 [sign up here]

January 20, 2018 [sign up here]