Stories from the Golden State
For a unique date experience, check out the Amargosa River Natural Area, an oasis at the entrance to Death Valley. Visit the China Ranch Date Farm and try a date shake, hike to a desert waterfall and stargaze after watching a stunning pastel-colored sunset.
Explore one of these five exotic vacation spots where the Conservancy works. It’ll be an adventure you’ll never forget—and will likely brag about for years!
Millions of birds make their epic migration along the Pacific Flyway each year. Check out these family-friendly CA spots to witness this natural wonder.
Celebrate the cooler months with recipes that showcase seasonal and sustainable California ingredients.
Learn how one mother uses nature to teach her daughter about community and volunteering during the holidays. It might inspire you to do the same!
What if farms along the Pacific Flyway could also be rest stops for birds? The Conservancy has a big idea to make it happen. Get involved and help drive an innovative strategy at the pilot stage.
It's that time of the year again! Our annual report is ready for your enjoyment. See our conservation accomplishments in 2013.
Ever take a walk around Spirit Rock? Visit Slide Ranch with your family? These are just two places that, since the 1960s, The Nature Conservancy has helped preserve and protect for people and nature.
Get to know Chen Yu, an investor, dad and conservationist who shares the same values as The Nature Conservancy. Learn why he believes everyone should find a way to get involved with nature.
The 2013 Nature's Plate Award winners have been announced! Check out if your favorites took home the prize.
Help pick this year's Nature's Plate Award winners by voting for your favorite green restaurants in SF and LA.
These Golden State adventure spots are all perfect for a fall family adventure and are all spots the Conservancy saved from development.
Take a peek at our salmon cam, and watch fall Chinook salmon make their epic return home to CA's Shasta Big Springs Ranch.
Calling all California foodies! Nominate the best sustainable restaurant in your city. Your vote will raise awareness for the connection between good food and conservation.
Together with fishermen on California’s Central Coast, The Nature Conservancy has developed better ways to catch groundfish. As a result, fishermen are catching higher quality fish and providing consumers with fresh, local and more sustainably harvested seafood.
Hiking Half Dome might be a stretch, but we bet you can do more outdoors as a family than you might think. Use these tips for adventuring with little ones in tow.
Make the most of the end of summer—these backcountry and family camping trip ideas are sure to create memories that endure far past the end of the season.
Hear from Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek on why nature is the smartest commercial investment any business or government can make.
Look closely and you may find three endangered species living right under your nose in the Bay Area. Just be careful not to disturb them!
Take a look at how we're collaborating with cities to protect and restore natural systems for the benefit of people and nature.
Meet 10 Los Angeles students who are spending this summer on the Conservancy's preserves with the Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program.
Find out why the San Clemente Dam removal is not only the biggest and most innovative dam removal in the state's history, it also benefits people and nature.
After a close brush with extinction, the endangered Santa Cruz Island fox is back from the brink.
PBS’s “Rob on the Road” visits California's Cosumnes River Preserve to find out how sustainable farming can benefit people and nature.
Gear up for an unforgettable summer camping adventure! Choose from the best backcountry destinations or the top family campgrounds in the Golden State.
Mongolian officials are looking to the Conservancy’s Mojave Desert renewable energy project for a strategy that could be applied in the Gobi Desert.
California’s been going through a dry spell, but that doesn't mean your garden can't look great! Check out these five gorgeous native alternatives for your garden.
Bee populations are dramatically declining, affecting our food supply and economy. Bee-hold, Californians: We’ve got ways for you to help!
Once on the brink of extinction, bald eagles were reintroduced to Santa Cruz Island in 2002. This spring, watch the adventures of a new generation of bald eaglets.
Stargaze in the desert, tap into the beauty of the Amargosa River, see a waterfall in the Mojave, visit a local date farm or spot one of 250 bird species in the area.
Is there a way to save the land and the local economy while getting sustainable outdoor gear in the process?
How do animals express their love in the wild? Watch this slideshow of some of nature’s most die-hard romantics. It’s a Valentine’s twist you’re not used to seeing!
"Nobody anticipated having nesting bald eagles as part of the conservation success here in the Ramona Grasslands," said Conservancy ecologist Zach Principe.
CA regional director Brian Stranko explains unconventional yet effective conservation made possible by partnering with farmers, ranchers and fishermen.
Hear from Bill Blue, a California fisherman, who had reservations about passing on his family business until conservation improved both the local economy and the vitality of the ocean.
Explore our interactive map and discover the level of protection around your California drinking water source.
Your support has helped us achieve big wins for people and nature in 2012. See where we are making a big difference!
Can renewable energy developers in California’s Mojave Desert meet our energy needs, stimulate the local economy and protect desert habitat? Find out.
In the Garcia River Forest we've restored more than 30 miles of streams and implemented new, cost-effective salmon habitat restoration techniques in a challenging economic environment.
Off California’s Central Coast, we are working with fishermen to develop fishing practices that support the local economy and the ocean.
Looking for a quick outdoor trip in and around Los Angeles? Plan your next adventure with this video tour.
It’s the 50th anniversary of "Silent Spring," Rachel Carson's book that catalyzed the ban on DDT. So what does that have to do with bald eagles? Read on to find out!
What makes the best summer vacations? Rivers. Swimming, fishing, napping on a shady riverbank—there’s no better summer getaway. Check out our list of the most Uniquely California rivers and start exploring!
The Santa Cruz Island eaglets are all grown up and have left the nest. Take a look back on an amazing eagles season.
Are you a nature movie buff? We’ve got actor Kyle Howard’s fave movies inspired by nature and a fun quiz to test your movie knowledge.
Ten students from Los Angeles’s Environmental Charter High School (ECHS) headed out for a four-week internship to train for green jobs and participate in conservation activities.
The Nature Conservancy worked with the Gaumer family to protect their 8,455-acre ranch, which enhances a 15-mile conservation corridor from the Sacramento River to the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Lassen National Forest.
Have a favorite food photo or two? We want to see your best shots—share your photos with us!
Santa Cruz Island was named as one of Outside's 10 Best Adventures. Outside recommends sea kayaking around the island, and we agree—that sounds like an amazing spring break adventure.
Did you know that timber companies can help restore salmon habitat? The Nature Conservancy has teamed up with loggers to save iconic coho salmon.
Sunset’s 2012 Environmental Awards features two places The Nature Conservancy helps protect. Independence Lake was named Best Lake, and the Mojave Desert was named as one of the three Most Endangered Lands in the West.
You’ve heard about dolphin-safe tuna—what about tortoise-safe energy? California’s Mojave Desert is targeted for renewable energy development and home to endangered species like the desert tortoise. Can renewable energy and endangered species coexist?
Join us at California’s Ormond Beach property for a guided hike. Make sure to keep an eye out for native fish, amphibians, shorebirds and waterfowl on this wetlands tour!
California Conservation Question of the Month: What species’ larvae must attach to a host fish as part of the mating process: mussels, salmon, dragonflies or crayfish?
The Santa Cruz Island bald eagles celebrated another successful season. Check out this season's wrap-up, and stay tuned for next year's eagles tour
What does Los Angeles’ inner city have in common with a rugged island off the southern California coast? A group of young people who are dedicated to making the world a better and greener place.
Think that avocado you're eating is just an avocado? Learn how simple food choices you make can help protect California's native species, like mountain lions
Check out our cool new approach to restoring salmon habitat and helping in this iconic species’ fight for survival.
When you think about helping the planet, does eating come to mind? From where you shop to what you eat, the food on our plates plays a vital role in helping people and nature.
Our water is a precious, finite resource. Read about five simple ways you can conserve water.
Actress Sophia Bush was one member of Team Nature Conservancy who used her feet to raise money for nature as part of the 2011 San Francisco Marathon. Find out how we finished!
Our Santa Cruz Island sweepstakes winner caught island fever as she traveled to the island to discover what inspired best-selling author T.C. Boyle's latest novel. Read about her adventures!
Nature lovers can now explore a portion of the Conservancy’s Ramona Grasslands Preserve — one of Southern California’s last remaining stretches of grasslands — thanks to a newly opened public trail here.
Springtime affords birders ample opportunities to watch thousands of birds as they migrate across the Golden State. Learn a few simple actions you can take that will help you protect and enjoy the birds that pass through your own back yard.
This year, the Conservancy's California office hosted a variety of fun events throughout California — all of which highlighted our state’s tasty and delicious food — for Earth Day. Learn more about these festivities and check out ideas for additional places to go and ways to celebrate Earth Day.
Renowned author T.C. Boyle’s latest novel is set in a place near and dear to the Conservancy — Santa Cruz Island. Learn more about what inspired Boyle to use the island as a backdrop to his story, which explores the difficult choices we must take to protect nature.
Meet Steve Fitz, a veteran Half Moon Bay fisherman who has cast away more traditional trawling techniques for a more environmentally friendly fishing method—Scottish seine fishing. Learn about Steve’s innovative partnership with the Conservancy and how it will benefit the entire West Coast groundfish industry.
Learn what the Conservancy is doing to protect our diminishing freshwater mussel populations — a vital species to the overall health of our freshwater systems.
Majestic Independence Lake and its surrounding Sierra wilderness will remain protected from development.
Hidden throughout the county are some spectacular natural attractions that few people know about. Check out our list of the top five of these hidden gems, and go explore!
These incredible little creatures are actually helping the Conservancy make big conservation decisions and plan for the impacts of climate change.
What do you get when you combine a box, a stick, a string and a peanut? A simple yet ingenious way to help protect the rare island scrub-jay from West Nile virus.
Conservancy staffer Anne Zuparko braved the desert summer heat to help count sheep — read about her experiences and check out her cool video diary!
The Conservancy has been a dedicated partner in helping to create, protect and support these spectacular natural playgrounds for decades.
Even though the 2010 bald eagle nesting season has come to a close, we still have a lot to celebrate. Get a rundown of this year’s successful mating season.
Learn how the Land and Water Conservation Fund has benefited people and nature in California—and how you can support it.
Our changing climate is disrupting nature’s perfect balance and threatens the very resources which sustain us all. Learn what the Conservancy is doing to help fight climate change.
Learn how southern California mountain lions are helping Conservancy scientists protect the wildlife corridors these wide-ranging animals need to survive.
Spring has sprung, and some of California’s iconic species are on the move again. Check out our top five must-see migrations, and catch a glimpse of these spectacular events.
Have you “herd” the news? The Nature Conservancy’s partnerships with California ranchers are yielding food for families, conservation results for grasslands and now sustainability awards as well.
Thanks to everyone who voted, our ROV has been christened. Find out the winning name, and watch a video of the ROV in action!
California’s leaders passed the most comprehensive water package the state has seen in more than 30 years.
Together with fishermen, The Nature Conservancy is working to find sustainable ways to fish in order to protect nature and preserve California’s maritime heritage.
Learn how the Conservancy and partners helped to bring the Santa Cruz Island fox back from the brink of extinction.
With salmon populations dwindling in the West, the Conservancy has been fighting to protect some of the best spawning habitats in California — the creeks of the Lassen Foothills.
The Nature Conservancy has protected the 4,543-acre Shasta Big Springs Ranch in Siskiyou County, California — one of the last strongholds for endangered coho in California.
What happened to the Santa Cruz Island eaglets? Read a Q&A with a wildlife biologist to learn more about the 2009 nesting season for bald eagle parents K-26 and K-10.
The Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta is an ecosystem on the verge of collapse. Learn about the Delta and what we're doing to protect it.
Here we answer some of the key questions about why the Delta is important and what we need to do to protect it.
Take a trek to the Carrizo Plain for spectacular winter birding in a dramatic landscape. And if you can’t make the drive, take a tour through our slideshow!
Conservancy ecologist Jennifer Carah spotted juvenile endangered coho salmon in the Pardaloe Creek of the Garcia River watershed — the first sighting here and a significant distance upstream from where the salmon have previously been seen.
Each year, thousands of sandhill cranes return to the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta — many of them to land that has been preserved by the Conservancy.
Day after day of 110 degree temperatures. Heat radiates up from the sand by early morning. To the human eye, there appears to be no shade, no haven from the sun’s brutal rays. How does anything survive out here?
The Nature Conservancy has accomplished its goal of protecting at least 4,000 acres of the Ramona Grasslands, one of southern California’s last remaining stretches of native grasslands.
The Conservancy has protected the 28,359-acre San Felipe Ranch through a conservation easement. The ranch — located between two county parks and one state park — is the missing link in a corridor of protected lands that stretches 70 miles.