Community Outreach

Join The City of Palo Alto Watershed Protection Group at fun and engaging events and WORKSHOPS this spring & summer!

Upcoming events

Earth Day Pollinator Event – Come to the Rinconada Library to pick up a Pollinator Passport and take a self-guided tour of the pollinator gardens located in the neighborhood. Garden hosts will introduce you to the native plants and pollinators that depend on them.

When: Saturday April 22, 2023. 10:00 am-1:30 p.m.

Where: 1214 Newell Rd. Palo Alto CA

2023 May Fete Parade Theme to be announced SOON!– Gather your family or friends and show off your float making skills and take-home big prizes! No group? No problem! Walk with the City of Palo Alto’s Friends, Family and Pets category – we’d love to have you! 

When: Saturday, May 6, 2023. 10:00 a.m.

Where: University Avenue in Downtown Palo Alto

National River Cleanup Day – National River Cleanup is a national day of action to protect our rivers, watersheds, and wildlife from trash and debris. Please sign up here if you are interested in participating in this year’s National River Cleanup Day.

When: Saturday, May 20, 2023. 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Where: Adobe and Matadero Creek off Bayshore Rd. in Palo Alto

Rain Garden Workshop – Learn about the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, and how they add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time. The class will cover how to site, plan, and build your own rain garden, how to assess your site to determine the best location and size, calculate impervious surfaces, determine soil suitability, choose appropriate plants, and how to maintain your new rain garden. Sign up here today!

When: Thursday, June 29, 2023. 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Zoom. Link provided with registration

City of Palo Alto’s 2023 Municipal Service Center (MSC) Open House –  A unique “behind the scenes” opportunity to showcase the interesting and important work that our employees do for the Palo Alto community, in many cases around the clock every day of the year.

When: Saturday, July 15, 2023. 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: City of Palo Alto’s Municipal Service Center at 3201 E Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303

For more information call 650-329-2122 or email us at


  • Tour the Regional Water Quality Control Plant

Take a walking tour of the Regional Water Quality Control Plant and see how operators, scientists, engineers, and educators work together to clean 20 million gallons of wastewater daily before it’s released to San Francisco Bay. Tours are offered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with an appointment. Students must be 6th grade or higher. Closed-toe shoes are required.

To schedule a tour, see our updated Plant Tour Request Form and Guidelines or call (650) 329-2598.

  • Check Out Home Improvement Rebates that Prevent Pollution
    Rebates are available for installing rain barrels, permeable pavements, and rain catchment cisterns. These beautiful and practical home improvements filter pollution and reduce stormwater runoff.

    More information at
  • Learn Something New
    Attend a workshop to learn how to reduce waste, prevent pollution and conserve water. Topics include pest control, composting, pollinators and more. Most classes are free. Visit for more information.​