Cache Creek Conservancy

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$11,954 raised by 72 donors

100% complete

$10,000 Goal

You take care of the Creek. The Creek takes care of You!

Do you know what watershed you live in?

From the beginning of humankind, people have built their communities near water so they could reap the benefits of living in a watershed. The people of the Lower Cache Creek watershed derive their lifestyles and livelihood from its underlying support system and surface ecology. So these systems need to be healthy and happy!

Lower Cache Creek watershed. Click the image to see the entire Cache Creek watershed

Our region gains so much from Cache Creek...

  • crop land,
  • drinking water,
  • nature,
  • recreation, and of course,
  • aggregate to construct the nation's roads and buildings and contribute to our economy.

As mining and farming continues alongside the Creek, so does the need to improve our efficiency to restore and recharge the watershed–to give back–for what we receive. Since 1996, the Conservancy's programs and projects have been an ever-improving resource for that endeavor.

Your donation helps the Conservancy take care of the Creek so it can continue to take care of us all.

How does the Conservancy restore and protect the Creek?

The Cache Creek Conservancy was formed out of the need to restore the Lower Cache Creek after decades of unregulated gravel mining.

The first–and most difficult–project was the restoration of the Teichert (or Teichert Meadows) gravel pit and Salisbury ranch. Restoring that 130-acre parcel of land resulted in the Cache Creek Nature Preserve, followed shortly after with the Tending & Gathering Garden (TGG).

The Nature Preserve with its TGG is the Conservancy's signature project and one of Yolo County's hidden gems. The Conservancy continues to restore and develop five habitat types in the preserve.

  • Oak Savanna
  • Native Grassland
  • Riparian Forest
  • Wetlands
  • An Urban Area
  • Jan T. Lowrey Memorial Garden

The preserve has hiking trails and picnic areas and is often frequented by birdwatchers, photographers and artists. The urban area has a greenhouse and old barn museum with space for educational and family outdoor events. The Memorial Garden has a small amphitheater.


What the Conservancy has learned through its efforts at restoring and developing the Nature Preserve, TGG and other portions of the Creek has...

  • informed Yolo County's regulations for continuing mining projects,
  • provided UC Davis with a learning place for science and traditional ecology students,
  • provided Native Californians with a safe place to assemble, gather for its cultural needs and demonstrate to the world how their land practices mitigate climate change,
  • and has served as a model for other restoration projects throughout the country.


The Conservancy also carries out portions of Yolo County's Cache Creek Area Plan to restore riparian and native vegetation along 15 miles of Lower Cache Creek.

  • We partner with local governmental and non-governmental entities to remove invasive weeds and restore riparian habitat.
  • Our wildlife monitoring programs not only keep us aprised of the health of our restoration efforts, we expand those efforts to other entities that need monitoring.
  • We also hold easements for Swainson's Hawk, an endangered species.

Scroll down to Organization Data, then click Programs in the side bar to see our various, ongoing programs.

Giving Activity


The Cache Creek Conservancy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1996. Our mission is to restore, preserve and protect the Cache Creek watershed.


During this 2024 Big Day of Giving, we hope to raise funds for

- A Frog Pond and water fountain in the preserve's Memorial Garden area - Right now there is no potable water at the Nature Preserve. We'll need testing and filtering to install a much needed, public water fountain. We can then trench a little further to build a frog and bird pond. Estimated cost: $3,500

- Removal of invasive Blackberry shrubs in the Gordon Slough, followed by revegetation with the Center for Land Based Learning SLEWS kids - This project will help the local wildlife a lot! Estimated cost: $6,500

- The work and materials involved in providing our free educational and family fun outdoor events. - Anything over our $10k goal will go to our Public Outreach activities.

Thank you ahead of time for helping us reach our goals!

Equity Statement

Since time immemorial, the watershed of the Lower Cache Creek has been the home of Patwin people. Today, there are three federally recognized Patwin tribes: Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Indians and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. The Patwin people have been committed to the stewardship of this land for 42 millennia. It has been cherished and protected, as elders have instructed the youth through generations. We are honored and grateful to be here today on our traditional lands.

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The Cache Creek Conservancy does not discriminate against employees, volunteers or event attendees, potential or existing, on any basis including but not limited to race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status, political belief, genetic information, genetic characteristics, gender identity, gender expression, or any other reason.

Organization Data


Organization name

Cache Creek Conservancy

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category


Operating Budget

$500,001-$1 million

Organization Need

Funding: Program, Volunteers, Funding: Unrestricted

Demographics Served

Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx, Native Americans/Indigenous Groups, General population

Local Counties Served


Equity Statement

Equity Statement


34199 County Rd 20
Woodland, CA 95776

Service areas

Solano, CA, US

Napa, CA, US

Yolo, CA, US

Sacramento, CA, US

Lake, CA, US


530 661 1070

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