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Photo: Bioregion


A bioregion is a place defined by ecological and geographic characteristics, particularly based on watershed boundaries. It is also an approach to understanding the relationships between people and the landscape they inhabit. We have used the bioregion concept as a way to understand the University in its region, to study the region's physical, natural, social, and cultural characteristics, and to increase the appreciation of and engagement in the region on the part of university and community members.

Photo: Putah-Cache Bioregion Project

Putah-Cache Bioregion Project

This collaborative and interdisciplinary project increases local awareness of and interaction with the Putah and Cache Creek Watersheds and the Sacramento Valley Bioregion. This is the area in which UC Davis is located. Over the years many faculty, students, and community members have contributed to the project's development and have participated in its activities, research, and products. partnerships among university and community members have created bridges across institutions and boundaries and have fostered environmental and civic engagement on both sides and shared decision making.

  • About the Bioregion Project
  • Artists & Writers in Bioregional Residence
  • Community Engagement in the Putah Creek Watershed
  • Putah Creek Discovery Corridor Cooperative
  • Art of Regional Change (Link)


Photo: Literature & Art Gallery

Thinking Mammal's Guide to the Watershed

The guide to the Putah & Cache creeks watershed created by campus and community scholars, poets, artists, and enthusiasts

Gallery of Literature & Art of the Watershed

Reflecting the relation of people to the landscape, our gallery exhibits the work of artists, writers, poets, and photographers who have interpreted the regional landscape over the years. Many have participated in the Artists and Writers in Bioregional Residence Program; others are university and community members who are part of the expanding bioregional community.