Effie Yeaw Nature Center
A Community Service of the
American River Natural History Association

 
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OPENING HOURS

 

The trails are open daily from dawn to dusk. The  Nature Center Building with exhibits, information, live animals and the book and gift store is open:


February through October

Open Tuesday through Sunday:  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


November through January

Open Tuesday through Sunday:  Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Closed on Mondays

but open on Mondays that are public holidays except Christmas Day and New Year's Day. 

 

Hours of operation could change, especially in stormy weather.  Call to confirm hours of operation for the day 489-4918.

Annual Bird & Breakfast Event - March 21 & 22
Registration Now Open
American Robin, photo by Brian Gilmore
We hope you'll join us for one of our favorite events - the annual Bird & Breakfast weekend on March 21 and 22. Bird-lovers unite to enjoy a morning of bird-watching and a delicious meal, then a chance to win some exciting items in a silent auction! It all goes to a great cause and is a lot of fun!
Note: Saturday's event is full, click the link below to register for Sunday's event.

Register Now for Spring Nature Camps!!
Click here for details and to register.

Get INTO NATURE this spring break! Hiking the trails, exploring the Nature Preserve, searching the pond, creating nature-themed art - it's all here at our spring camps! Register today!

Kids discover news ways of interacting with nature at our camps
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Looking for Summer Camps? 
Registration begins March 25, but you can preview the camp program dates by clicking here.

New Museum Exhibit at the Nature Center
We invite you to come out to the Nature Center soon and check out the new exhibit in our museum - "Endangered Species of California's Central Valley."
NEW for the 2014-15 school year.  
Our Programs for Schools and Groups
To download the Effie Yeaw Nature Center's 2014-2015 Educational Programs Catalog. Click here.
The Nature Center in the News 
  • ARNHA's new edition of An American River Alamanac, was featured in the Sacramento Bee's Travel Section (view the article here). It was also featured in the Carmichael Times, along with its author, Peter Hayes (view the article here).
  • Two of the editors of the "Outdoor World of the Sacramento Region" talk to Beth Ruyak of Insight on Capital Public Radio.  Listen to the program here.
The Effie Yeaw Nature Center
For a virtual visit to the Nature Center, click here
The Effie Yeaw Nature Center is an award-winning environmental and cultural education center located within the beautiful American River Parkway in Carmichael, California. 

Enjoy our 100-acre nature preserve featuring interpretive trails that meander through the riparian woodlands along the American River. See deer, coyotes, migratory songbirds, raptors and wild turkeys as you explore the preserve's lush oak woodlands. Come and see us soon!
 
We offer a variety of fun activities for children and adults including  popular educational programs and tours for schools and other groups.  Come to the Center and visit our nationally traveled interactive exhibits and attend our many educational workshops.  Join us for a guided nature walk.  As always, we welcome volunteers.

Visitors can see live non-releasable wild animals, browse our Discovery Shop for books, toys and unique gifts, and tour the replica Maidu Indian summer village.

Since July, 2010, when Sacramento County, facing a difficult financial situation, gave the responsibility for running the Nature Center over to the American River Natural History Association, we rely almost entirely on public support to keep the Nature Center flourishing, and we greatly appreciate any support you are able to give.



Effie Yeaw logoWe are an award-winning environmental and cultural education center located within the beautiful American River Parkway in Carmichael, California.

Visitors walking into the Effie Yeaw Nature Center

We offer a dynamic variety of fun activities including children, adult and school programs, nationally renowned interactive exhibits, educational workshops and many opportunities for volunteering.

Visitors can see live wild animals, browse  our Discovery Shop for books, toys and unique gifts, or tour the replica of a Maidu Indian summer village.

Enjoy our 77-acre nature preserve featuring interpretive trails that meander through the riparian woodlands along the American River. See deer, coyotes, migratory songbirds and wild turkeys as you explore the preserve�s lush oak woodlands. Come and see us soon!

Check out the Media Corner for a taste of life at the Nature Center... a potpourri of interesting videos, podcasts and photos. Everything from dancing rattlesnakes, inquiring skunks, our animal ambassadors, beautiful scenery.... Even humans enjoying events and wildlife at the Center.  
Make a donation to ARNHA & the Effie Yeaw Nature Center
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On the Calendar ...

  • Nature Walks and presentations for all ages are available almost every weekend. See the monthly event calendars below for more information about the programs being offered:

  • Nature of Things Series 
    • March program: Vernal Pools: Jewels of the Valley with Eva Butler - Thursday, March 12 at 6:30pm and Saturday, March 14 at 2:00pm. Register here.
    • April Program: Spring Plein Air Painting with David Peterson - Thursday, April 9 at 6:30pm and Saturday, April 11 at 10:00am. Register here.
  • View a video about the research of recent "Nature of Things" speaker, wildlife biologist Mike Cardwell, who is studying rattlesnakes at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Click here.
  • Now Available  A full-color edition of ARNHA's local field guide, The Outdoor World of the Sacramento Region.  See more.
Adopt an Animal
Make a contribution to our animal care program.  Find information about how to adopt one of our resident animals here.
Find out more about local birding opportunities at the Sacramento Audubon Society.
Wildlife Watching Activities ...
  • Explore Recent Sightings at the Nature Center noted in e-Bird here
  • Explore Historical e-Bird Sightings for the Nature Center and Ancil Hoffman Park here
  • See Listings from Nature Center Tuesday Bird Walks here
Nature Center co-hosts monthly family bird walks with the Sacramento Audubon Society

The Nature Center and the Sacramento Audubon Society co-host monthly family bird walks at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center.   Look for these programs -- generally on the third Saturday of the month -- on the Nature Center Event Calendars.