Sacramento Valley Conservancy
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This is our main program and our purpose for existing: to preserve the beauty, character, and diversity of the Sacramento Valley landscape by working with citizens, property owners, developers, public agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. We preserve dedicated open space by the acceptance of gifts, private purchase, facilitation of public acquisition, conservation easements, and by cooperative efforts. Open space is vital to the health and happiness of both current and future generations. To date, SVC has protected more than 17,600 acres in the greater Sacramento region, and our work is far from over.
Program Successes
- The Sacramento Valley Conservancy has recently begun working with agencies to develop strategies to protect farmland. This new focus is leading us to help enhance, restore, and revitalize the American River Parkway in downtown Sacramento, the farmland and wildlife habitats along the Feather River in Yuba County, and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in Contra Costa County.
- The Alder Creek Preserve added: this preserve is the first link on the north end of the planned 10,000-acre corridor that connects the American River Parkway with the Deer Creek Hills Preserve.
- Guitere Preserve Protected: 1,000 acres of California Tiger Salamander and Vernal Pool Habitat.
- SVC holds 40 conservation easements. One of the most recent preserves over 90 acres along Elder Creek in south Sacramento County protecting the habitat of threatened tri-color blackbirds, riparian birds and native oaks. Another 163 acres of Swainson's hawk foraging habitat was added in 2018.
- In 2013, SVC facilitated the acquisition of Camp Pollock, adding 11 acres and its historic lodge to the American River Parkway, then completed a million dollar remodel to the space to increase visitor use and enjoyment.
- Acquired the 1,682-acre Elkhorn Basin Ranch where family farmers grow walnuts and sunflowers.
- Protected 2,000 acres of vernal pool preserve planning area.
- Added an additional 476 acres to the now 4,538-acre Deer Creek Hills property in the East Sacramento County Blue Oak Woodlands & Rangeland Legacy Area, and then expanded visitor access to the property through hikes, mountain biking, equestrian rides and educational guided tours.
- Helped to acquire over 350 acres to create a 60+ mile regional trail loop in Sacramento and Placer Counties on the Dry Creek Parkway.
The YES Program was created to bring teachers, youth leaders and students to our local open spaces. We bring youth to the American River at Camp Pollock, five minutes from downtown, for both camping and day access. We bring school kids to the Deer Creek Hills Preserve area, a natural oak preserve and working cattle ranch only 30 minutes from downtown, to apply their classroom curriculum and group's focus in the field. For many of these participants, this may be the first time they have ever experienced nature. In 2018, the YES Program served more than 3,500 youth at Camp Pollock and Deer Creek Hills.
Program Successes
- Sierra Nevada Journey's Classroom Unleashed and Sacramento Valley Conservancy's Project YES (Youth, Education and Stewardship) programs partnered to bring 860 kids over eight field days to Deer Creek Hills and four field days to Camp Pollock in 2015. Just three years later, in 2018 the partnership served more than 2,400 kids during 36 field trips.
- The Conservancy has partnered with Leave No Trace, Center for Outdoor Ethics to bring the traveling trainers to Camp Pollock for the last five years.
- We bring in community leaders and youth leaders from local nonprofit and youth focused programs to train teachers how to teach the principals of Leave no Trace to Kids. We strive to reach more youth by training the trainers.
- Since 2015, the Sacramento Valley Conservancy has partnered with FLOW Stand Up Paddle, and the Sheriffs Community Impact Program (SCIP) to teach kids a how to paddle board on the Lower American River. SCIP students walked trails, gave back through a service project and learned about the river by paddle board.
Camp Pollock provides a safe park with river access in the American River Parkway every day from dawn to dusk. The eleven-acre property is located five minutes from downtown Sacramento with easy access to the American River Trail. Camp Pollock is a unique public and private event space with youth camping accommodations for as many as 250. Our 'Glamp-Out' happens every June, welcoming summer on the river with food, drink, s'mores, campfire songs, kayaking, outdoor movies, and much more.

Deer Creek Hills, one of SVC's largest properties, is utilized every weekend, February through November by 'Open Saturdays' hikers and by a variety of other groups and activities throughout the year. These activities include educational hikes covering topics such as local history, geology, wildflowers, birding, and also equestrian rides, mountain biking, and a community Cowboy Breakfast in May. SVC reaches more than 10,000 visitors through public and private events at Camp Pollock and Deer Creek Hills every year.
Program Successes
- SVC's Partnership with the Folsom Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition (FATRAC) and the local chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) leads to a hugely successful Mountain Bike Program.
- Monday night rides, as well as the Annual Mountain Bike Demo Day have increased usage by mountain bikers at Deer Creek Hills. SVC plans to expand the program to the lower reaches of the American River through the County's MTB Pilot Program near Camp Pollock.
- Camp Pollock hosts an annual GlampOut - Family Campout with activities for 200+ attendees, youth, and families including: catered dinner, nature scavenger hunt, educational booths, fly casters, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, stargazing, campfire songs, and more.
- Expanded programs and visitors to Camp Pollock and Deer Creek Hills each year by more than 2,000.
- SVC now reaches more than 10,000 visitors annually through our Deer Creek Hills and Camp Pollock properties, including more than 3,500 through the YES Program (Youth, Education, and Stewardship).
- As programming expands and partnerships are built in our communities, we continue to see numbers grow. Have an idea or a group wanting to partner? Contact us!