Explore Effie Yeaw

Effie Yeaw Nature Visitor Center

Visitor Center

Our Visitor Center includes live animal displays, a natural history museum and gift shop.

Echo, the great horned owl

Resident Animals

The Effie Yeaw Nature Center cares for nearly 30 non-releasable animals native to the American River system.

Morning at the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve

Nature Preserve

The Nature Center is part of a 100-acre nature preserve with riparian and oak woodlands, shrub lands, meadows, and aquatic habitats.

Alex L. (Yelp)

“This is the closest I’ve come to forgetting the city while still being relatively near the center of it. This preserve has done exactly what I imagine its founders set out to do: provide an untouched pocket of nature that can be enjoyed by people and animals alike.”

Upcoming Events

Spring Course dates: March 21 - May 23This course uses The California Naturalist Handbook visiting expert speakers field trips videos and project-based learning in addition to presentations from the course instructor to expose you to the natural wonders of California. Upon successful completion of the course you will be certified as a California Naturalist by the University of California and be eligible for four general education credits through UC Davis Extension (for an additional fee). Classes meet at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center located in Ancil Hoffman Park where participants will explore the adjoining Nature Study Area.

Do you love reading? Join us every first Saturday of each month for a nature-themed story time! Depending on the theme this story time program will include a story or two as well as hands-on exploration of biofacts a nature-themed craft or activity and/or an encounter with one of our animal ambassadors. Learn more about the Nature of Reading story time program and how to register!

The forest provides more than we typically perceive. Have you caught yourself "day dreaming" as you look out a window? Caught yourself laughing with baby animal videos? Forest therapy walks are not nature hikes and not meditation retreats. Drawing from old traditions and relatively new findings nature and forest therapy walks are brief immersions into something you create with Nature.

Tina K. (Yelp)

“This place is my sanctuary. When life gets crazy, I head over to this long-time favorite nature zone. And every visit there are many differences. Be it the color of the grasses or the sounds of birds or the flow of the river, there are things to be observed and awed. My kids and I love all the people that work and serve there, love their gift shop and checking in on the rescued animals. The alternating education displays are very informative without boredom. The kids and I can never get enough of Effie Yeaw.”

Educational Opportunities

Kids learning from school tour guide

School Programs

Bring your students to the Nature Center to explore, discover and learn in the outdoors!

Campers listen with "deer" ears


Explore our nature preserve during our seasonal camps in the summer, fall, winter, and spring.



Learn even more about local wildlife and history through ARNHA’s publications, sold online and in our gift shop!