"Education is the most powerful weapon which   you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
For more information or to reserve your space for the following programs go to contact us  - programs are subject to change
Second Sundays are Work-n-Play Days

The second Sunday of each month throughout the year, weather permitting, is reserved for Work-n-Play Days. CCaWW members and volunteers meet at 680 Pleasant Valley Rd., Diamond Springs and carpool to the land. We care for the land by maintaining the natural environment. Time is spent removing non-native invasive species like italian thistle, beggars lice, Himalayas blackberries, and ailanthus trees. Native species like sedges, grasses, tubers, corms, and rhizomes are planted and tended. We have many plants utilized for basket weaving, and medicine. Second Sunday Work-n-Play Days are spent supporting these activites and are followed with lunch by the river and an informative exploration of the surrounding area. Your welcome to call 530 363-4816 or email 

Teachers Training in July


Teachers are immersed in local California culture, they are offered authentic Native vetted knowledge. This shared knowledge enables teachers to educate our youth more accurately when teaching students about Native American Culture. Over the course of two days we create a walnut dice game, a pine nut necklace, and a rawhide rattle. We discuss our relationship with the natural resources utilized and clarify how the environment shaped how people lived. In turn teachers will be given curriculum and are encouraged to create a teaching plan to share with their students. Teachers will experience a deeper connection to the land and feel more empowered to teach others about native culture. Inspiring a passion to learn.

Early registration $75. After June 24 $100. For registration information contact us at

                     This is a unique opportunity to learn about Native Culture from a Native Perspective, Join us in July!


Community Cultural Events                                                                                                                                       


Food In Our Backyards - May 10 On Mothers Day we will explore our environment and share some of the plants that are edible including how to propagate, gather, and prepare them. Many of the plants we'll meet on the North Fork of the Cosumne River also occur in our backyards. Who knew you could eat that?

Full Moon Friday Storytelling June 5 Spend a captivating evening under the light of the moon, on the Placerville Library Lawn with professional Storyteller Kimberly ShiningStar.  She will weave California Native history  with Traditional Stories.

 Native Bailout in June  Our main fundraising event. We need people like YOU to stand with us, face going into the hoosegow, and be willing to call your family, friends, and associates to raise bail money to pay our way out of jail and protect cultural resources. Funds raised benefit CCAWW

Childrens Games August 1  Summer break is coming to a close, time to play some traditional games and swim in the river.

For more information and to reserve your space for any of our programs click the "Contact us" link below - programs subject to change







Several cultural events are planned throughout the year. 

The second Sunday of each month is reserved for "Work-n-Play" on the land.

About us

Cosumnes Culture and WaterWays (CCaWW) promotes, preserves, and stewards the Indigenous Culture and waterways of this land, and the surrounding areas.

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