American River Conservancy

31st Nature Bowl semi-finals returns to American River Nature Center

For more than 25 years the American River Conservancy (ARC) has been preserving rivers and land and the life they support. As a nonprofit community organization in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, ARC works to preserve natural areas through land conservation, stewardship and education. Since 1995 the American River Conservancy has hosted the semi-final program […]

NatureBowl coaches sign up now

Each spring, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife puts on a “competition” called NatureBowl, inviting schools and clubs to put together teams of third through sixth graders to take on challenges that test and develop their environmental literacy. While one stage of NatureBowl takes the format of a traditional quiz bowl, other activities engage students […]

Conservancy gains Cosumnes land

The American River Conservancy completed the purchase of a second phase acquisition of 1,080 acres of land fronting the Cosumnes River from Angelo Tsakopoulos for $4.995 million. This recently purchased land, combined with an earlier acquisition in August 2013, protects 2.5 miles of river canyon immediately west of Highway 49 and will provide a combined […]

Great Sierra River Cleanup Sept. 20

The Sierra Nevada provides California with two-thirds of its water. The many rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs in the Sierra that provide us with drinking water and great places to recreate need your help to stay free of trash and other contaminants. Get involved in the 6th annual Great Sierra River Cleanup on Sept. 20. […]

Epic Sierra trips teach teens respect for the environment

Epic Sierra Adventures is looking for participants for its summer trip, taking place July 20-Aug. 2. A program of the American River Conservancy, Epic Sierra Adventures (Epic Sierra) was established to provide an affordable adventure travel and service learning program for young adults. Geared towards high school youth, ages 14-18, Epic Sierra integrates environmental education […]

ARC offers a nature workshop for educators

There are many ways to tell nature’s stories — through drawings, photographs, prose, music or poetry — and the American River Conservancy staff is offering an opportunity to share techniques. On Saturday, Oct. 5 educators, teachers and administrators can join Andie Thrams and other local artists for a hands-on workshop and learn how their students […]

Clean the waterways on Saturday

Join El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation, Trout Unlimited, The American River Conservancy and hundreds of volunteers all over the Sierra Nevada on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon for the fifth annual Great Sierra River Cleanup. Pick from one of the five locations provided to head out and clean the […]

Teens can win a trip

“It is amazing to look back and say, I did that.” It has been two years since Amanda Fogelman hiked to the top of North Dome in Yosemite and helped build trails in Inyo National Forest. “I’m so glad I got to experience (Epic Sierra) and I know a lot of people won’t do it […]

Two teens can win an Epic Sierra trip

COLOMA — “It is amazing to look back and say, I did that.” It has been two years since Amanda Fogelman hiked to the top of North Dome in Yosemite and helped build trails in Inyo National Forest. Even two years later, Fogelman expressed her gratitude: “I’m so glad I got to experience [Epic Sierra] and […]

Tickets on sale for third annual Wakamatsu Farm Festival

Tickets are on sale for the third annual Wakamatsu Farm Festival. An event for the whole family, the May 18 festival benefits the historic Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm, located at 941 Cold Springs Road, in Placerville. From the Nisenan tribe to the first Japanese colony in America, to gold seekers and the Veerkamp […]

American River Nature Center hosts open house

A new exhibit, “Watersheds: Human Connections,” is now on display at the American River Nature Center. Located in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, the Nature Center is the education hub of the American River Conservancy (ARC). On Friday, April 12 from 1 to 3 p.m., ARC invites the public to attend an […]

Hike on the South Fork in May

The American River Conservancy is offering a hike on the South Fork of the American River trail on May 4. The five-hour hike will be led by Tony Cervantes, ARC volunteer, and Shingle Springs Tribal TANF Program prevention coordinator. The trail should still be green and may even still have wildflowers. This trail includes a […]

Proposals needed for historical properties

The American River Conservancy (ARC), a non-profit conservation organization, seeks one or more partners to develop portions of a historical farm into a destination, agricultural tourism enterprise. Selected partner(s) would lease farm acreage and/or buildings, make capital improvements, and operate business enterprises consistent with protecting the site’s cultural, natural and agricultural resources. The selected partner(s) […]

Salmon swimming with students in Herbert Green classroom

Kari Richards, a teacher at Herbert Green Middle School, decided to spice up her “Salmon in the Classroom” program. Instead of teaching her fifth graders how to raise and release the salmon, she put a group of eighth graders in charge of the program. The eighth graders, all identified as students with special needs, accepted […]

Learn more about Nature Bowl

There will be a Nature Bowl Coaches Workshop for teachers and parents on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. The informational workshop to help coaches prepare for the 2013 Nature Bowl will be at the American River Nature Center, 348 Highway 49 in Coloma. For more information, to sign up for the workshop or to register […]

Conservancy presents stories, bird songs

A Cuban story about a heron that has been adapted for United States audiences will be told in a unique combination of art and drama that is being sponsored by the American River Conservancy, 348 Highway 49 in Coloma. The story telling is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to […]

TrailFest celebrate trails

The American River Conservancy and greater Coloma/Lotus Community is presenting the American River TrailFest on Wednesday, June 13 from 5 to 10 p.m. The event is at EarthTrek Expeditions Camp, 7308 Highway 49 in Lotus. The ninth annual American River TrailFest celebrates and supports local trails. Funds raised from this event will go towards the development of […]

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