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Nature Preserve Closing at Noon Today, Friday Sept. 29

Lots of Current Events! Please check out our Current Events page to see them all.
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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

Children listening to a speaker in the Historic Barn at Cache Creek Nature Preserve

Tree Trunk Or Treat

Come out to the Cache Creek Nature Preserve to experience Halloween with an outdoor twist, Tree Trunk or Treat! Learn about the “creatures of the night” who call the nature preserve their home.

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People practicing yoga outdoors

Yoga Under the Oaks

The 2023 season of Yoga Under the Oaks happens every Sunday at 8:15 AM.

The instructor, Christine Pollard, offers variations and modifications to support all abilities.

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Docent, Elize Van Zandt, at large map of Cache Creek Nature Preserve

Guided Nature Walks 2023

Get to know more about this unique landscape and its history, from prehistoric times to today. Join one of our Guided Tours at the Nature Preserve.

Next scheduled Nature Walk is Sunday October 8, 2023 at 10:00 AM.

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Sunrise over Cache Creek

Sunrise Sundays

Cache Creek Nature Preserve is now open early on the first Sunday of the month so that photographers, birders, early morning hikers and wildlife watchers can enjoy the unique opportunities found at that time.

The next (and last for 2023) Sunrise Sunday is October 1, 2023. Gates open at 6:45 AM.

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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!