Arroyo Viejo Creek Project

Conservation in Zoo

About the Organization

A clean and beautiful stretch of the Arroyo Viejo Creek runs through the Oakland Zoo grounds, secretly flowing under the entrance road to the Park. The Arroyo Viejo Creek Restoration Project began with a mission to repair damaged and neglected stream areas by preventing bank erosion, increasing stability, and improving habitat for creek wildlife.

Done in partnership with the California Coastal Conservancy, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and the City of Oakland Measure DD Bond, the project was completed in early 2007. The goal was to increase native plant species, wildlife habitat and public access along with creating outdoor classrooms near the creek banks.

The need for interpretive elements along the creek led to the development of a series of signs that ask the following engaging questions: "What is a Watershed?", "How do Creeks Work?", "Who Lives Inside the Creek?", "Who Lives Around the Creek?", "Why are Riparian Plants Important?" and "Humans in the Watershed." The Oakland Zoo is now poised to take on a more significant watershed education and conservation role.

Oakland Zoo Takes Action

The Arroyo Viejo Creek Project provides a critical opportunity for the Oakland Zoo to use the watershed as a way to provide hands on educational opportunities that will immerse students in science and underscore the delicate balance and interdependence between plants, animals, and humans.

The continuing restoration projects include removal of non-natives, planting of native habitat, holding classes in the six outdoor classrooms, and maintaining a connecting trail to the rest of Knowland Park.
The Oakland Zoo uses the creek as an outdoor laboratory to teach students and guests about habitats, backyard wildlife, watersheds, and the effects humans can have on their environment. A group of committed community members has been established to care for the creek. The Oakland Zoo is looking forward to connecting people to their own backyards and inspiring stewardship of our California ecosystem.

You Can Take Action Too

Join the Arroyo Viejo Creek Crew! Contact Olivia at:

The Arroyo Viejo Creek Project is looking for community groups to help remove invasive species as well as sponsors for trail upkeep and outdoor classroom experiences. Sponsor the creek project by sending your team of volunteers on a Creek Crew Work Day, or contribute to our fund to keep the creek free of invasive species and our outdoor classrooms full of young learners.

P.O. Box 5238

9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605