Photo: Turtle Island Restoration Network
Photo: Turtle Island Restoration Network
December 15, 2018, 12:00 AM
January 26, 2019, 12:00 AM
Turtle Island Restoration Network Headquarters

Each winter we look forward to following the endangered coho salmon as they make their journey home. Going on a creekwalk is a great opportunity for people to more deeply connect with the coho’s struggle and to learn more about how we’re protecting these iconic fish. KQED’s Tiffany Camhi came on a creekwalk with us in December and Tom Stienstra wrote about our creekwalks in the San Francisco Chronicle this month. Scroll down for details about creekwalks.

Upcoming Creekwalks (Registration is available here.)

  • Saturday, December 8
  • Saturday, December 15
  • Saturday December 22
  • Monday, December 24
  • Saturday, December 29
  • Sunday, December 30
  • Saturday, January 5
  • Saturday, January 12

For questions contact: Catie Clune at

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 creekwalks to the surrounding community. SPAWN naturalists lead the creekwalks 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.

A student on a creekwalk just saw her first coho salmon!


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 creekwalk.

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