The San Lorenzo Valley
We can preserve
Riparian Corridor
Heal the
Create a native habitat in your own backyard

Protecting Our Watershed

The San Lorenzo Valley watershed originates in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Castle Rock State Park and is a major source of water for the city of Santa Cruz as well as important coho salmon and steelhead trout habitat. Our efforts directly support this native fishery and the health of the watershed throughout the SLV.

Restoring Native Habitat

English ivy, vinca, and Himalayan blackberry are invasive, non-native plants. The San Lorenzo Valley Restoration Project removes invasive growth, expanding native habitat corridors on public lands, and teaches skills for homeowners so that native plants and wildlife thrive.

Actively Involving the Community

Everyone is invited to become involved in restoring riparian habitat, from private backyards to public parks. The San Lorenzo Valley Restoration Project provides online tools that identify and define the steps needed to take an active role in improving the health of our watershed.

Our Recent Projects

San Lorenzo River Estuary Project,
Santa Cruz, CA

The San Lorenzo River travels along its 29-mile course, flowing into the Monterey Bay at the…


Monarch Butterfly Project

The Native Habitat Restoration Program (NHRP) is ready to bring the practice of creating native plant…


Mill Street & Ben Lomond Park, Ben Lomond, CA

Turn off Highway 9 at Mill Street in the mountain town of Ben Lomond to a…


Mountain Community Resources, Felton, CA

In the heart of downtown Felton on Highway 9, the Mountain Community Resources (MCR) building houses…


Make a Donation

Your generosity can help repair our watershed

Every one of us has the potential to contribute in some small way to making our watershed a better place – providing a monetary gift could be one way to become part of this effort.

We Love Volunteers!

Your time and resources do matter

This restoration project wouldn’t be possible without its volunteer base. We need people like you who are willing to volunteer their time, supplies, or knowledge.

Do It Yourself!

Create your own sanctuary

Imagine creating a thriving habitat corridor linking Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Discover what you can do in your own backyard!

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Our Native Habitat in Action

Set in the redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, this video is about the life cycle of the California Hazel throughout the year. It includes shots of its own special flowers and catkins as well as various other forest wild flowers. Steller’s Jays and Grey Squirrels are also seen eating the nutritious nuts. Video: Fred & Roberta McPherson.

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Days Worked with AmeriCorps TEams




Blackberry Crowns Removed


Acres Public Lands Restoration Work

Remove Invasives, Reveal Natives
and Restore the Natural Habitat

Join the Community Effort!