Yolo Basin Foundation

Expanding public appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife in the Yolo Basin through education and innovative partnerships.

The Yolo Basin Foundation, located in Davis, CA, is a leading community-based organization focused on environmental education and increasing awareness and stewardship of the wetlands in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Founded in 1990, its efforts resulted in the 1997 establishment of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area which now covers 16,800 acres of wetland, grassland and farmland habitats. The Wildlife Area is managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Foundation has a staff of eight full and part-time employees and an annual budget of $400,000. It has a committed Board of Directors, a large cadre of volunteers, and hundreds of members and donors, who actively support the Foundation. Many of the Foundation’s fundraising and public events are well-known in the community including its annual fundraiser, Bucks for Ducks, California Duck Days festival, Bat Talk and Walk programs, and tours of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Each year the Foundation introduces thousands of student to the wildlife and wetlands of the Yolo Bypass through hands-on environmental education experiences, field trips and in-school presentations.