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Headwaters to the Bay

Interested in creating a future of clean water and healthy waterways for everyone? 

Join Saved By Nature for a series of six community cleanups along the banks of Coyote Creek and the Guadalupe River. Our local waterways provide many benefits to communities by transporting floodwaters, recharging groundwater supplies, filtering pollution, and providing habitat for fish and wildlife. Take action with us!

Saved By Nature’s Headwaters to the Bay project will engage approximately five hundred and forty people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, and abilities in eighteen trips within Santa Clara County watersheds to experience twelve professional guided themed interpretive hiking adventures and six river and creek beautifications. Participants will gain skills and confidence that will empower them to return many times over, steward our waterways, as well as engage in restorative practices that will foster joy and healing in our local watersheds 

Multigenerational participants will discover and explore beautiful forests near home together, and throughout the series learn about:

A) Protecting and maintaining water supplies,

B) Improving surface and groundwater quality,

C) Reducing flood risk, protecting, enhancing and sustaining our natural ecosystem, D) Mitigating and adapting to climate change,

E) Increasing permeability in urban areas, and

F) Leave No Trace principles.

We will provide snacks and all equipment.

We will have a limited supply of t-shirts, water bottles, and reusable utensil sets.

Watershed Hikes Event Time: 9AM-2PM

Length: 3.5 – 5.5 miles

Date: Last Saturday of Every Month (subject to change)

Creek and River Beautification Event Time: 9AM-12PM

Length: 1.5 – 2.5 miles

Date: Last Saturday of Every Month (subject to change)

Hike Level: Easy to Moderate

What to Bring:

  • Layers + comfortable clothing (check the weather)

  • Water Bottle

  • Hat and/or sunscreen

  • Lunch and/or meals provided on all trips

  • Snacks

  • An open mind and heart! (:

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2023 Headwaters to the Bay Adventures

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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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.

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 - Boat Tour

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

ADA Accessible

April 13th - Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve - Guadalupe River Watershed Hike

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

June 29th - Guadalupe River Beautification - Lake Almaden Regional Park
ADA Accessible

July 27th - Guadalupe River Park & Gardens - Guadalupe River Watershed Hike

Limited ADA Accessible 

August 31st - 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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