Napa River Ecology Center

at the American Canyon Wetlands

Educate Youth • Protect Environment • Connect Community

A Unique Repurpose Project

The Napa River Ecology Center gives new life to the City’s Corporation Yard located along the Napa River Wetlands. Built in 1989, the 5,000 square foot building and surround three-acre parcel are perfectly suited to support river conservation efforts, environmental education, and public access. We’re investing in the site now, so it can serve our community forever. Get involved today by learning more about the project, making a donation, or volunteering for a committee. Together we are creating an environmental legacy for Napa County and beyond!

Quick Facts

  • Repurposes old industrial site along Napa River Wetlands
  • Two-acre parcel with 5,000 square-foot building
  • Model public/private partnership between the City of AC and ACCPF
  • Serves 20,000 people each year in nature programming
  • Centrally located in North Bay along San Francisco Bay Trail
  • New public access to pristine Wetlands habitat
  • Green demonstration features
  • Proposed Kayak Launch

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The Napa River Ecology Center location provides a unique opportunity for conservation programs and environmental education. The 2.5 acre parcel sits on beautiful uplands habitat and is located along the Napa River Wetlands and adjacent to the San Francisco Bay Trail and Bay Water Trail. The site is within in a 15 minute walking distance to three Napa Valley Unified District schools – two elementary and one middle school, as well as 10 minute walking distance to Boys and Girls Club American Canyon Club House.

The site is approximately ¾ mile from the Napa River Bay Trail, American Canyon Wetlands Trailhead which provides 10 miles of trails with an estimated monthly visitation of 5,000 + from throughout the region. Furthermore, the Ecology Center site is directly accessible from Highway 29, a major artery into the Napa Valley and centrally located to major interstates 80 and 37.

Planned programs include watershed, wildlife, environmental education, conservation, and nature art opportunities.

The Napa River Ecology Center is part of a Wetlands Restoration Study that is managed by the City of American Canyon. Funded through Measure AA, the study includes a kayak launch feasibility study, culvert restorations, and wetlands restoration opportunities surrounding the Ecology Center. The Napa River Ecology Center will engage community and students in future restoration and research opportunities. For more information visit City of American Canyon Wetlands Restoration.

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