Learn About Your River

To all of the Watershed Rangers students, teachers and program partners, although we will not be able to see you in classrooms, field trips and after school programs right now, we hope to provide you and your loved ones with online resources and activities during this time. We know that parents, teacher and lifelong learners are seeking ways to stay engaged and active, and we’re going to be working to bring activities to you through the Coastal Watershed Council blog. Please share these resources and activities with friends, neighbors and parents groups and stay tuned for more.
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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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Activity: Santa Cruz Riverwalk Scavenger Hunt

Activity: Santa Cruz Riverwalk Scavenger Hunt

Are you looking for a fun and easy way to engage your kids in nature? Walk or bike to the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. While visiting this 5-mile loop around the lower San Lorenzo River, be on the lookout for the items on the scavenger hunt and more! It’s a great way to get moving with your kids, especially by bicycle or scooter, as it’s a paved, car-free loop.

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Activity: San Lorenzo River Through Time

Activity: San Lorenzo River Through Time

Did you know... that Santa Cruz had a Chinatown? At least four Chinese immigrant communities were established in the 1800s and 1900s in Santa Cruz. The communities relied upon the river for fish, for waterfowl and for gardening in rich, fertile soil. Children played...

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Activity: A Clean River Starts On Your Street

Activity: A Clean River Starts On Your Street

Your home is connected to the San Lorenzo River. Rain or running water travels from your yard or driveway, down your street to the nearest storm drain. On the way, it picks up anything in its path, including trash and pollution. When it enters the storm drain, the...

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Upcoming Events

  1. A Flood of Memories: Commemorating the Flood of ‘55

    April 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  2. Cancelled: Earth Day Santa Cruz Celebration

    April 18 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  3. Cleanup

    Bridging the Gap: River Beautification Event

    April 24 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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?