Experience the Creek
“To help you increase your understanding of the natural world, your place in it, and how to become good stewards of the environment.”
Environmental Education at the
Cache Creek Nature Preserve
Where We Are:
The Cache Creek Nature Preserve is located on the north side of Cache Creek about five miles west of Woodland, California. The 130 acre Preserve provides a multitude of outdoor learning sites allowing students to experience the natural world.
What We Do:
The Cache Creek Education programs have been written by our skilled staff. Our activities emphasize interactive learning and support the California Department of Education Standards. Students, working together in teams, learn first hand by observing and using natural materials. Each lesson is taught by volunteers and supervised by our knowledgeable staff. We offer approximately twenty activities that can be adapted to any age or grade level. We suggest participating in four activities during a visit.
To reserve a date, please call (530) 661-1070 Monday through Friday. We will send you a reservation form to return confirming date, time, number of students and supervisors, and your choice of activities. Once we receive your reservation form, we will send you a copy of the lessons for your volunteers to read before the visit. There is no cost to the visiting group! However, donations are gladly accepted. Please contact us for information regarding help with transportation costs.
Two chaperones are recommended for each activity group. For example, if you divide your group into four sub-groups, then we request eight adults. Four adults provide the four lessons and four adults supervise the groups as they rotate from activity to activity.
Programs are presented outdoors rain or shine unless you or the Nature Preserve staff determines that conditions are too extreme. We will gladly reschedule the visit.
Please dress appropriately for the expected weather conditions on the day of your visit. For safety, we require closed-toed shoes for all participants. If you choose an activity that has students wading in the creek (Aquatic Insects), we suggest that individuals bring a pair of shoes to wade in and a dry pair for the rest of the day.
Picnic tables are available in our large barn or under our massive Valley Oak trees. We have two portable restrooms and limited water for hand washing. Sorry, we do not have potable water for drinking. Groups must provide their own drinking water.
The Education Program is proudly sponsored by the Cache Creek Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoration, education and outreach.