Last year, a spring and a fall clean up resulted in more than two tons of trash being removed from the area. - Craig Tuss

On September 23rd, join us (the Gordon Elwood Foundation) in cleaning up the area around the Bear Creek Greenway!

In addition, check out the Kids & Creek Fair from 11 AM to 3 PM! Find out more information here!

Click here to sign-up by September 15th.

Give back to Bear Creek! This is a Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism (SOLVE) sponsored stream clean-up event.

Location: Seven check-in/out locations along the Bear Creek Greenway from Pine Street in Central Point to Lynn Newbry Park in Talent.

Time: 9 AM to Noon, September 23rd, 2017

Snacks will be provided at the registration/check-in booths.

Registration booths at Pine Street, McAndrews Road, Barnett Road, Hawthorne Park, Coyote Trails Nature Center, Blue Heron Park, and Lynn Newbry Park will be available beginning at 8:30 AM, and will remain open throughout the event for participants to drop-off tools and pick up snacks.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you have.


The Bear Creek watershed is the most urbanized area in southern Oregon. It is also one of the most water quality limited streams in Oregon. Urban runoff, low summer stream flows, and high summer water temperatures contribute to the poor water quality.

Bear Creek is also an important fish bearing stream with Chinook and Coho salmon and steelhead trout. This cleanup event is creating a local community based investment in keeping the Bear Creek corridor clean and keeping trash out of the stream.

The cleanup event is one part of a larger program of work by the city of Medford and its partners along Bear Creek. That larger program is:

o Enhancing the area near Hawthorne Park (murals on the viaduct pillars)
o Removing and controlling invasive plants such as Himalayan blackberry, restoring native trees and shrubs, and treating stormwater runoff
o Promoting and upholding public safety