Upcoming Events

Planting Day


 Saturday, February 1, 2020

9:00 am - noon 

We are excited for our first public planting day of 2020 and working with the community to enhance our local creek. The event will begin with an instructional planting demonstration and the remainder of the time will be spent planting a variety of native plant species. All experience levels welcome!

What to bring: water bottle, clothes and shoes you don't mind getting dirty, sun protection, snacks, and garden/work gloves if you have them. We will have a limited amount of gloves available to borrow.

Please RSVP so that we can estimate attendance. We look forward to having you join us!

Great Backyard Bird Count


 Saturday, February 15, 2020

8:00  am - 11:00 am

 First-time birdwatchers to experienced birders are welcome to participate in our annual Great Backyard Bird Count.  Participants will help count the number and species of birds at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve.  

Our count will contribute to the world-wide record of bird species collected by Cornell University.  With your participation, we are able to expand on our research on avian ecology and conservation. 

Birds provide many essential ecosystem services, such as contribution to native plant seed germination and distribution, as well as providing people with joy when watching them. No experience necessary to participate in this event!

Meet in front of the visitor center at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve at 8:00 am then we will start our walk around the Nature Preserve.


mpeterson@cachecreekconservancy.org for more information


Volunteer Orientation

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
10:00 am  - 11:30 am

Sunday, March 1, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

10:00 am  - 11:30 am


Sunday, March 1, 2020

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Cache Creek Conservancy will be holding two Volunteer Orientations with an environmental education focus. Come learn about the Conservancy and history of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve. Tour key sites of the Nature Preserve and get up to date information about projects and programs.   Outreach and Watershed Education Specialist, Mikayla Peterson, will demonstrate an 'Experience the Creek' lesson. You can become a nature steward—no prior experience necessary!

Visitor Center at Cache Creek Nature Preserve 

34199 County Road 20, Woodland, CA

Contact mpeterson@cachecreekconservancy.org for more information

20th Anniversary Celebration


As shown above, the Cache Creek Nature Preserve had its Grand Opening in the year 2000. 20 years later the Nature Preserve is flourishing! Native plants cover the once bare slopes of the rehabilitated wetland area, thousands of elementary students "Experience the Creek" each year, and Native American cultural practices are used to maintain the habitats found here.  

Come celebrate 20 years with us at an open house extravaganza from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2020. There will be presentations from special guests, family-friendly activities, local musicians, and the Buckhorn BBQ food truck!


20th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, April 25, 2020

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cache Creek Nature Preserve

34199 County Road 20

Woodland, CA 95695

Cache Creek Cleanup Day Results


The results are in!

On September 21, 9 am to noon, volunteers met at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve for the biggest volunteer event in the world, Coastal Cleanup Day. In our small part of the world, volunteers worked diligently collecting trash up and down Cache Creek and along County Road 94B and 20 with a goal to keep Cache Creek's waterway clean. 

We made a big difference on Saturday!

Number of volunteers: 105

Total miles/area cleaned: 0.2 square miles or 125 acres

Pounds of trash collected: 420 lbs

Pounds of recycling collected: 42 lbs

Most unusual items found: Bathtub, air hockey table, dryer

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who made this day such a success!

Check out the photos below! Photos courtesy of Jessica Smith, Lea Bertz, and Elise Stinnett. 

If you have photos of the creek cleanup event to share, send them to mpeterson@cachecreekconservancy.org

Past Events

Public Meeting for Proposed Visitor Center


Cache Creek Conservancy and NORR presented concepts for the proposed Visitor Center at the Woodland Public Library in January. The overall public reaction to the proposal was positive. Concerns included restroom facilities and ensuring environmental and fire safety. 

Planting Days



Locally-sourced, native seedlings are now taking root in the Tending and Gathering Garden! Thank you to those who volunteered their time to help establish native habitat! 

Meet the Curators!


A big thank you to everyone who showed support and visited the Nature Preserve during our "Meet the Curators!" event in December.  Our interns gained valuable experience developing and presenting the exhibit! 

The mammal exhibit will continue to be on display until spring and shows many of the different species found here at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve. It includes beaver, bat, river otter, raccoon, and bobcat to name a few! We encourage you to come visit us and learn about native mammals!

Full Moon Night Walk



 The Cache Creek Nature Preserve was open late for an after-dark, guided tour. Visitors experienced nature after dark for a unique opportunity to be immersed in nature's night-time sounds and activity. Bats, owls, deer, and beaver were among the nocturnal animals we observed!

Movies on Main Street



Cache Creek Conservancy brought a piece of the Nature Preserve to Woodland! We enjoyed the spirit of the evening by playing Guess the Native Spider and giving fun spider tattoos!

Bugs in the Creek!



 Bugs in the Creek at Capay Open Space Park! We found over 20 species in and around the creek, including vertebrates such as baby bluegills, tadpoles, fence lizards, and a western pond turtle. Many of the aquatic macroinvertebrates found were sensitive species, meaning they can only survive in clean, oxygenated water.  

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