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.

Now accepting registration for our Fall and Winter Nature Camps
Get to know a little stinker!
Migrating salmon, a feast of edibles found along the American River Parkway, and an encounter with a real, live skunk! These are just a few of the exciting experiences campers will enjoy this fall and winter.

And NEW this year - a camp just for 5-year olds! A day camp just like the big kids have, but all activities are tailored to this special age!

FALL Nature Camps almost full! Space still available in our CAMP 5 on Monday, November 24. Description and registration here.

WINTER Nature Camp descriptions and registration here.
Congratulations, Olivia T.!
New NatureFest Logo Chosen

Announcing the winner of the NatureFest logo contest - Ms. Olivia T.!
Olivia's design (left) was chosen by our fans and friends as the favorite out of the five finalists' amazing designs. 
Olivia's design will be the official logo of NatureFest 2015! Congrats, Olivia! 
And thanks to all of the kids who submitted creative, engaging logos. We look forward to seeing you at NatureFest next October!
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 
  • 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.
  • A great article "Bringing in the New Year at Effie Yeaw" in the Arden-Carmichael News.
The Effie Yeaw Nature Center
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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!

ARNHA has been chosen by the Sacramento Environmental Commission as a winner in the “Achievement of a Successful Environmental Education/Outreach Program” category of the 14th Annual Environmental Recognition Awards competition for their Nature Fest 2012, held at the Nature Center in October. A plaque was awarded to them at the SEC’s April 15th 2013 televised meeting in the County Board Chambers.  

 

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. 
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.  
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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 
    • December program: Michael Starkey of Save the Frogs! - Thursday, December 11 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Saturday, December 13 at 11 am to 12:30 pm. Register here.
    • January/February program: Birds of Winter with Ed Harper - Three lectures and three field trips in Jan/Feb. Register here.
    • January program: Mushrooms of the Sierra Nevada with Daniel Nicholson - Friday, January 30 at 6:00 pm to 7:00pm and Saturday, January 31 at 10:00am to 11:30am. Registration coming soon!
  • 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.
  • Christmas Bird Count for Kids and Families - 9 am, Saturday, January 10, 2015 with the Nature Center and the Sacramento  Audubon Society. For children 5 to 15.  Registration is required and space is limited. Register here.
  • Now Available  A full-color edition of ARNA's local field guide, The Outdoor World of the Sacramento Region.  See more.
  • Discovery Room Exhibit   Visit   "Salute to Songbirds".
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 
  • Explore Historical e-Bird sightings for the Nature Center and Ancil Hoffman Park here
  • See Listings from Nature Center Tuesday Bird Walks here