Explore Your River

Get outdoors and explore your river! Watch the incredible transformation of the Chinatown Bridge, check out a virtual tour to learn about how you can explore the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, and enjoy a scavenger hunt with your kids.
Discover New Ways to Explore

The Coastal Watershed Council is transforming the lower San Lorenzo River into a community destination by inspiring people to explore, enhance and protect this critical natural resource.

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Distance Learning Activities Support Santa Cruz County Youth

Distance Learning Activities Support Santa Cruz County Youth

The start of this school year is different than any other. As teachers, parents and families navigate crisis after crisis in our community, CWC is working collaboratively to ensure that thousands of K-8th grade students in our community are able to continue to feel supported, remain engaged and learn about our changing environment. CWC is preparing meaningful distance learning activities that engage students in exploration and investigation of local environmental issues affecting the health of the San Lorenzo River.

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Hilary Bryant’s Board Farewell

Hilary Bryant’s Board Farewell

As I complete my service as a proud member of the Coastal Watershed Council Board of Directors, I wish to thank our community and share some observations. I am genuinely grateful for the assistance that so many of you provide to transform the lower San Lorenzo River...

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Seeking Summer Habitat Volunteers

Seeking Summer Habitat Volunteers

Are you interested in increasing biodiversity and supporting a thriving river ecosystem? This summer, the Coastal Watershed Council is seeking volunteers like you to help newly planted native seedlings become established along the banks of the lower San Lorenzo River....

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How We Do It

People rely on and impact the San Lorenzo River every day. That’s why CWC’s programs and partnerships bring you to discover your river, learn something new and inspire you to act. CWC’s dualistic approach of healthy watersheds, thriving communities brings fun, education, recreation and innovation to Santa Cruzans every day and creates value for your community.

Improving Water Quality

Enhancing Habitat

Empowering Youth

Conducting Community Science

Increasing Access and Safety

Increasing Positive Activity

Building Community Capacity

Sustaining Flows


Your Donation Makes a Big Difference

Every dollar you give, drives action for cleaner water and healthier habitat and helps CWC reach thousands of river champions of all ages. By donating, you join a growing group of people committed to transforming the San Lorenzo River into a community destination by inspiring people to explore and protect it. It’s easy to donate online today.


You Have a Role To Play

Volunteer today and use your time, skills, energy and ideas to drive change for the San Lorenzo River and the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, the urban park that lines its banks. There’s a role for everyone – including you. How will you join the movement?