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Headwaters to the Bay

Our community benefits greatly from our local waterways, which provide important services such as floodwater transportation, groundwater supply recharge, pollution filtration, and wildlife habitat. To encourage stewardship of these natural resources, Saved By Nature has created the Headwaters to the Bay project. This project invites people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, and abilities to participate in eighteen trips throughout Santa Clara County watersheds. By engaging in twelve guided interpretive hikes and six river and creek beautifications, participants will gain the skills and confidence to become stewards of our waterways and engage in restorative practices. The program also focuses on educating participants about protecting and maintaining water supplies, improving surface and groundwater quality, reducing flood risk, protecting and sustaining our natural ecosystem, mitigating and adapting to climate change, increasing permeability in urban areas, and Leave No Trace principles.


This multigenerational program offers a unique opportunity for participants to discover and explore the beautiful forests near their homes while also contributing to the health and well-being of our local watersheds. We will provide all equipment, snacks, and a limited supply of t-shirts, water bottles, and reusable utensil sets. Watershed Hikes take place on the last Saturday of every month. The hikes are easy to moderate, with a length of 3.5-5.5 miles and start from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Creek and River Beautification hikes are 1.5-2.5 miles long and take place from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.

What to Bring:

  • Layers + comfortable clothing (check the weather)

  • Water Bottle

  • Hat and/or sunscreen

  • Extra snacks

  • An open mind and heart! (:

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2024 Headwaters to the Bay Adventures

January 27th - Coyote Creek Beautification - Hellyer County Park

ADA Accessible (paved trail)

February 24th - Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge - Alviso - Coyote Creek Watershed Hike

March 30th - Coyote Creek Beautification - Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge @Coyote Creek Lagoon Trail 

ADA Accessible

April 27th - Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve - Guadalupe River Watershed Hike

May 11th - Lake Almaden and Valley Water Headquarters - Guadalupe River Watershed Hike
ADA Accessible

June 22nd - Guadalupe River Beautification - Lake Almaden Regional Park
ADA Accessible

July 20th - Guadalupe River Park & Gardens - Guadalupe River Watershed Hike

Limited ADA Accessible 

August 24th - Guadalupe River Beautification - Guadalupe River Park & Gardens
Limited ADA Accessible 

September 28th - Alviso Marina County Park - Guadalupe River/Coyote Creek Watershed Boat Tour

October 26th - Guadalupe River Beautification - Alviso Marina County Park

November 16th - Fremont Older Open Space Preserve - West Valley Watershed Hike

December 14th - Ed R. Levin County Park - Guadalupe River/Coyote Creek Watershed Hike

2025 Headwaters to the Bay Adventures

January 25th - Sanborn County Park - Lower Peninsula Watershed Hike

February 22nd - Uvas Canyon County Park - Uvas/Llagas Watershed Hike

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This project is made possible through a grant from Valley Water. Valley Water’s mission is to provide Silicon Valley safe, clean water for a healthy life, environment, and economy.

Past 2023 Headwaters to the Bay Schedule

June 24th - Henry Coe State Park - Coyote Creek Watershed Hike

July 8th - Coyote Lake - Harvey Bear Ranch County Park - Coyote Creek Watershed Hike

August 12th - Coyote Creek Beautification - Coyote Creek Visitor Center at Anderson Lake

September 9th - Hellyer County Park - Coyote Creek Watershed Hike

ADA Accessible (paved trail)

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