Wetlands Ecology Center

Rendering of the future Wetlands Ecology Center with gardens in front
Rendering of the future Wetlands Ecology Center with an acorn structure in front
Rendering of the future Wetlands Ecology Center with outdoor classroom in front
Rendering of the future Wetlands Ecology Center front arial shot
Rendering of the future Wetlands Ecology Center with front entrance
Rendering of the future Wetlands Ecology Center with nature playground in front

Where Nature Meets Community

Project Overview

With environmental concerns at an all-time high, ACCPF is leading the way for community conservation efforts. The newly envisioned Wetlands "Eco Center" is poised as a hub for environmental education based on close proximity to the Wetlands opportunity for hands-on learning. The Wetlands Ecology Center will: 
  • Provide a home for environmental education, nature art, and science programs for students and community members in Napa County and beyond
  • Strengthen American Canyon as a leader in environmental leadership, research, and programming 
  • Harness the power of our diverse community to further the conservation movement. 
  • "Root” our families in nature and develop the next generation of nature lovers who will help solve our most complex environmental issues.  
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Wetlands Eco Center Concept Video

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Ecology Center programs will engage the community and provide opportunities to learn about American Canyon’s important role in the Napa River Watershed. The primary focus will be on conservation and environmental science with a secondary focus on nature art and wellness programs. The site is uniquely poised as a hub for environmental education based on the close proximity to the Wetlands and opportunities for hands-on learning. 

ACCPF has significant experience in developing and facilitating environmental education programs. In 2019 ACCPF created the Watershed Explorers program. A new environmental education program for elementary school children that involves classroom presentations, field days at the Wetlands site, and more. In addition, ACCPF has experience running after-school enrichment programs with subjects such as garden habitats, bird watching, nature art, LEGO engineering, and more. 

Finally, ACCPF has engaged thousands of residents in interpretive hikes and other trailside educational events.  Although these programs have been very successful, we can increase the number of people served and the variety of programs offered with the Ecology Center as a home base.  With ACCPF's track record of identifying gaps in programming and developing and facilitating new programs to serve the community our group is well set up to manage programming at the Ecology Center site.

Timeline & Partnership

In early Spring 2020 ACCPF began to dream about having a Wetlands ecology center in American Canyon.  After working with the City of American Canyon to identify a potential site,  we kicked off fundraising for the project at our September 2021 Evening at the Ruins benefit. 


Over the next year, our staff and board will refine project scope and programming, identify community partners, and formalize agreements for development.  


The Wetlands Ecology Center is a partnership project between ACCPF and the City of American Canyon. We encourage public input, partnership, and strive to keep the community updated on important milestones.  Sign up for our newsletter to hear about public meetings, projects updates, and opportunities to get involved.  

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Support our fundraising efforts for the Ecology Center by making a donation today. For corporate sponsorship, naming opportunities, and in-kind donation inquiries please contact Janelle Sellick at janelle@acparks.org.

Programs In The Field

Teen Play Team member holding up a play parachute while children run underneath
City Parks & Rec staff giving thumbs up while walking at the wetlands with a group
children in a circle with redwoods behind them
man peddling a pedi cab with two seniors in the back
girl doing a nature craft outside
People gathered at the start of an group hike
two children looking under rocks with a flashlight
Eric McGee talking to hike participants about owls at wetlands edge
small dog looking at camera
two girls showing their holiday art craft
woman holding a falcon while giving a lecture
Boy working in soil while planting seeds
Children painting at a table during art class
Boy smiling up as he learns to play chess in chess club
woman leading a group of hikers at ther wetlands
man in a group of hikers taking a photo with his camera
children running under a play parachute
group of children sitting in the grass and working on their nature journals
children decorating their canvas bags during curiosity kids meet up in a school garden
large group of people walking at the wetlands during a history hike