The American River Conservancy protects habitat, native fisheries, scenic vistas, and recreational lands within the upper American River and Cosumnes River watersheds.
To date, we have successfully protected over 24,800 acres.

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ARC continues to offer high quality educational programming in the form of Nature Bowl, Nature Camp, Public Programs and Hikes, and California Naturalist Classes.

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Land stewardship is the recognition of our collective responsibility to retain, manage and enhance the quality and abundance of our land, air, water and biodiversity.

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Wakamatsu Farm

A community place to appreciate natural resources, sustainable agriculture, and cultural history, ARC owns this private property and offers public and private tours, events, and programs at this unique historic Farm.


ARC offers public access to the Farm via scheduled tours, events, and programs.



The Farm’s success depends upon volunteers, and ARC offers many volunteer opportunities at the Farm.



Help ARC purchase and maintain the Farm by donating today. Also check out the business benefits of sponsorship.


For more information,
please contact Julie (530) 621-1224 / [email protected]

Invest in your Future

Annual donations of $35 or more receive a 15% discount at our Nature Center bookstore

Free or discounted admission to most of our workshops, events, and hikes

Use of ARC library

Our quarterly newsletter “The Current”. (via mail or email)

Special rates for summer camp

Participation in our annual Winter Dinner

Engagement in your local community

About ARC

Who We Are: Since 1989, the American River Conservancy (ARC) has been preserving rivers and land for life. As a non-profit community organization in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, we work to preserve natural areas and cultural resources and build an enduring ethic of care, building a sustainable future for humans in harmony with nature.

Where We Work: The American River Conservancy is headquartered at the historic Kane House in Marshall Gold Discovery Park, in Coloma, California.

Current Projects

Salmon Falls Ranch Trailhead Project: Construction began September, 2016! 
This Facility includes hiking, mountain bicycling and equestrian uses, as well as general day-use public recreation associated with trails and wildlife viewing. Day use fees $5.  Map link.

American River Headwaters Restoration Project: We envision an upper American River watershed of spectacular beauty and biodiversity, with healthy forests that are resilient to naturally occurring wildfire, rivers and streams that support an abundance of native fish, and a network of trails that enable the public to enjoy the scenic and ecological richness of this property.



Non Profit 501c3 tax ID#68-0195752.