Yolo Basin Foundation is deicated to the appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife through education and innovative partnerships

Yolo Basin Foundation was founded in 1990 as a community based organization to assist in the establishment of the Yolo Wildlife Area. Our board of directors represents a diverse group of interests, from agriculture and waterfowl conservation to local government and the business community. We are universally credited with being the driving force behind the partnership that created the Yolo Wildlife Area. Yolo Basin continues as the communication link between many people and organizations involved in creating wetlands and managing land in the Yolo Bypass. Dynamic partnerships have evolved and our most significant cooperation is with the California Department of Fish and Game who currently manages the Yolo Wildlife Area.

A principal goal of the Foundation is facilitating environmental education in the Yolo Wildlife Area. In August 1997, we held the first of our Discover the Flyway teacher workshops, which introduce area teachers to the Wildlife Area and prepared them to bring their classes out for exciting and productive field studies. In its first year, the Discover the Flyway school program hosted 800 students between October 1997 and June of 1998. Since our pilot year, the school program has expanded to over 3,000 Kindergarten through 12th-grade students annually. Yolo Basin Foundation staff, interns and dedicated volunteers assist students in hands-on learning activities at our demonstration wetlands and lead students on exploratory Wildlife Area walks.