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The Earth Day Photo Contest is on! Visit the Nature Preserve and Submit Your Photos before Earth Day, April 22nd.

Restoration, Conservation & Stewardship

Along the Lower Cache Creek Basin, Yolo County, CA

Cache Creek Conservancy

The focus of the Conservancy’s work has been riparian restoration along a fourteen mile stretch of the Lower Cache Creek. We operate from and manage the Jan T. Lowrey Nature Preserve, which is often called the ‘Cache Creek Nature Preserve'.

The Cache Creek Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Cache Creek watershed in Northern California.


Channel of water flowing under Oak trees at Cache Creek Nature Preserve

There's so much more to a creek than the water passing by. Read more...


A healthy watershed is habitat for plants, animals and microbes, past and present. Read more...


Handmade grass basket sitting next to native grasses at Cache Creek Preserve

Several cultures in the Cache Creek watershed have interacted with and impacted the landscape. Read more...

Current News & Events

photo of levee slumping and trees tipping at the Gordon Slough

Request for Bids: Gordon Slough Erosion Repair Project

The Cache Creek Conservancy (CCC) is accepting bids for its Gordon Slough Erosion Repair Project at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve.

A pre-bid site visit is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, March 23, 2023.

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Project Phoebe at the Preserve

A group of UC Davis PhD students that will be starting a research project at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve starting next week, and going on for the next 3 or so years.

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Canon camera and iPhone camera on tripods overlooking the wetlands

Earth Day Photo Contest 2023

Capture the wild and natural beauty of Cache Creek in time for Earth Day by participating in our amateur photo contest. The contest period starts on March 1 and concludes on Earth Day, April 22.

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Internship Programs

Ecological and Environmental

Volunteers planting trees at Cache Creek Nature Preserve
Volunteers planting trees at the Jan T. Lowry Nature Preserve

Ecological and Environmental Interns assist Conservancy staff with habitat restoration for native wildlife and plants within the nature preserve and other sites along the lower Cache Creek watershed.

Traditional Knowledge

Local Native Americans teaching basket weaving at Cache Creek Nature Preserve
Wintun tribe elders teaching basket weaving to students

This program is for students interested in learning the Cache Creek Wintun homeland ecology as well as how restoration and stewardship can re-create healthy water and soils.

Visit the Nature Preserve

The Cache Creek Nature Preserve is open to visitors every day except Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM. Picnic near the old barn. Stroll along the boardwalk or hike the trails. Photograph wildlife and learn about ‘Detroit Riprap.’

Blue Heron Cache Creek wetlands

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in better health, less stress, and a sense of purpose? Volunteering can provide these health benefits and more.

Our volunteer community consists of Individuals and small groups who are passionate about nature, the Cache Creek Watershed and hands-on experiences.

California Poppies

Healthy Parks ~ Healthy People

Spending time in nature is good for your health, especially your immune system!

Health & Safety Guidelines

Pandemic Precautions

Volunteer wearing a mask
  • Please do not visit Parks or the Preserve if you are sick or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Practice Physical Distancing.
  • Wear a mask in groups.
  • Check out our Facebook page for nature images and videos if you need to stay home!

Wildlife Safety

Young raccoon peeking from behind a tree
  • Use public spaces at your own risk.
  • Stay on the trails for your own and nature’s safety.
  • Don’t feed wild animals.
  • Look and listen for rattlesnakes.
  • Keep children with adults at all times.
  • Dogs allowed only in certain parks.

Help Us Keep the Cache Creek Nature Preserve Open by Staying Safe!