The American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is spearheading an effort to develop a Wetlands Ecology Center in American Canyon.  This is a joint project with the City of American Canyon that will repurpose the City's Corporation Yard into a community facing "Ecology Center" for environmental education, nature art, and science programs for Napa County and beyond. 
 
It is envisioned that the Ecology Center will:  
 
  • Provide a regional hub for environmental education
  • Create new and expanded environmental partnerships 
  • Inspire connections between nature, art, and science 
  • Empower community to create solutions for environmental issues 
  • Harness the power of diversity to strengthen the conservation movement
  • "Root” our families in nature and develop the next generation of nature lovers 
 
The Center is located along the Wetlands Edge linear trail and San Francisco Bay Trail with direct access to the Wetlands.  ACCPF would like to hear your ideas and feedback on programs, activities, and events that could be offered at the Eco Center. Please take a few moments tell us what you think by taking this short survey. We'd love to hear from you! For more information about the Wetlands Ecology Center please visit www.acparks.org 

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* 1. What City do you live in? 

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* 2. How often do you visit the American Canyon Wetlands? 

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* 3. What are your favorite activities at Wetlands?

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* 4. There are several opportunities for use of the Ecology Center site including Education, Community Programs, and Environmental Art.  How important is it to have each of the following program areas available for use at the site?

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Education Areas - Covered outdoor classroom, learning gardens, indoor/outdoor environmental education programs 
Community Program Areas - flex space for community programs, gatherings, and events 
Makers Space/Environmental Art Workshop - nature based art, sculpture, or recycled art programs 

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* 5. The Wetlands Ecology Center will be an in indoor/outdoor center with many opportunities for programming.  When would you or your family be most interested in programs? 

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* 6. In your household, what ages would be most likely to participate in programs?

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* 7. What programs should be offered at the Ecology Center? Please share how important or not important the following programs are to you or your household.

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Environmental education programs for students
Nature education programs (WILD AC lectures or other speakers) 
Open House/Social events
Watershed Programs
Multicultural environmental programs
Volunteer opportunities 
Gardening programs
Hikes or outdoor fitness programs
Coffee Mornings 
Environmental Art - Sculpture 
Nature Art programs 
Conservation programs (improving soil, water quality, habitat) 
College level satellite programs (i.e. UC Davis Naturalist Program)
Green demonstration programs 
Teen mentorship opportunities 
"How to" programs 
Ecology Center Happy Hour
Community Events (Earth Day or other festivals) 
Wildlife programs 
Nature based summer camps 

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* 8. How important are the following program design features?

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Interpretive/educational signage
Demonstration native/bay friendly garden 
Wetlands demonstration ponds
Demonstration rainwater capture system
Demonstration wind energy system
Solar panels 
Green (living) roof or walls
Wetlands Viewing platform
Interactive watershed table
Water treatment display 
Wetlands restoration display 
Recycled water station "purple pipes" 
Sea level rise display 
Bird or owl boxes 
Habitat displays
Nature based playground
Picnic and seating area

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* 9. Would you or your family utilize Wetlands Ecology Center programs when they are available?

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* 10. Any additional comments or questions about the Ecology Center or programs? 

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* 11. Would you be interested in support the Wetlands Ecology Center through fundraising, volunteering, planning, or offering programs? If so please leave your contact information in the boxes below.

Thank you for taking the Wetlands Ecology Center Survey! 

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