We provide recreation, education, and stewardship programs that connect citizens with the Lower Merced River, promote water safety and natural resource conservation, and teach the importance of water resources for California’s future.
The Lower Merced River Stewardship Program works with citizens and landowners to monitor water quality, remove invasive non-native plants, create riparian buffer zones of native vegetation, stabilize eroding river banks, and remove river trash and debris. These efforts will:
1. Reduce nutrients entering the Merced River
2. Improve habitat for fish & wildlife
3. Increase ground water retention
3. Decrease property loss due to erosion
4. Improve water quality
We provide agricultural workshops at field locations in the Merced area that raise awareness of soil and water conservation and California Water Resources.
We provide learning experiences for students and teachers focused on natural resource conservation, the Merced River, and California Water Resources. School field trip sites include: George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area, McConnell State Recreation Area, Hagaman County Park and Henderson County Park. We also do school classroom presentations. Field trips are designed to enhance classroom learning, address California content standards, promote health & fitness, and environmental stewardship.
We provide opportunities for individuals and groups to participate in a variety of outdoor recreation programs including canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddling, nature hikes and fishing. You can experience and explore the Merced River while participating in challenging activities that promote stewardship, leadership, teamwork and physical fitness.
"The woods were my Ritalin. Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses."— Richard Louv, "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder"
Connect your family with California’s great outdoors! Turn off the TV, put away the video games and get a dose of nature!