The Plan

Where Nature & Community FlouriSh Together

The Napa River Ecology Center will create a community gathering space where nature, art, and science shine. Visitors to the Ecology Center can take classes and programs, learn about watershed science, meander new wetlands paths, and connect with nature through art. School groups and field trips are welcome. Napa River Ecology Staff are experts in Watershed Education and conservation.

rendering of living building and community space
Education Areas

Approximately 5,000 square feet of indoor space situated on two beautiful riparian acres encourage indoor/outdoor learning. A covered outdoor classroom, indoor gathering area, and learning garden make hands-on learning exciting, inviting, and fun. The Napa River Ecology Center is designed to welcome school groups and field trips as well as community seminars, wildlife festivals, and more. The .5 mile accessible Wetlands Discovery Path offers a rotating display of Watershed and environmental education signage.

Community Space
Front and rear courtyards invite community members to enjoy the pristine wetlands habitat.

With outdoor seating, fire pits, viewing deck, walking paths, indoor and outdoor access the Napa River Ecology Center is a home for our community.

rendering of living building and community space
rendering of living building and community space
Maker’s Space/Environmental Artist Workshop
Creativity flows in the natural environment and the Ecology Center is the perfect location for the artist workshop. This modular space supports recycled art and sculpture programs along with community nature art offerings.
The Ideal Location

205 Wetlands Edge Road, American Canyon

The 2.5 acre Napa River Ecology Center site is located along the Napa River Wetlands and adjacent to the San Francisco Bay Trail and Bay Water Trail. The site is within a 15 minute walking distance to three Napa Valley Unified District schools – two elementary and one middle school, as well as a 10 minute walking distance to Boys and Girls Club American Canyon Club House.

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

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