Water quality monitoring can be conducted at any of 5 different locations. Check the details and locations below.

river access at these sites often requires walking through loose sand and descending banks without steps or guardrails. If participating students require special accommodations to reach your sampling site please contact the watershed guardians program coordinator to plan accordingly.

Click on the pointer on the map to get directions!


Garland ranch

Garland Ranch Regional Park, 700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA

at Garland Ranch there are 2 SAMPLING SITES: the Vehicle bridge (5-10 minutes from visitor center) and Eucalyptus grove (15-20 minutes from visitor center).

Follow the directions to Garland ranch from the map below and you will meet a museum Educator who will guide you to your sampling site.


Dampierre park

37 Paso Hondo, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

a museum Educator will meet you at the parking lot adjacent to the little league baseball field. It is a short (5 minute) walk from the parking area to the sampling site.


Carmel river lagoon

Carmel River State Beach, 26478 Carmelo St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

a museum Educator will meet you at the parking lot at the end of carmelo street. Students can be dropped off here and street side bus parking is available just before reaching the parking lot along carmelo.


Songbird preserve

8340 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

parking for this location is located at the Sanctuary Bible Church on the corner of Carmel Valley and schulte road. songbird preserve is a 1/4 mile walk (approx. 8 minutes).

There are no bathrooms at the Songbird preserve so please prepare accordingly.


Rosie’s bridge

Esquiline Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Parking for this location is Roadside on the right immediately after turning onto Esquiline road. it is a 1/4 mile walk (approximately 8 minutes) to the sampling site.

There are no bathrooms at Rosie’s bridge. Carmel Valley Community Park is a 4 minute drive away and has free public restrooms. Please Plan accordingly!