Our mission is to educate and inspire our community about the value of understanding and protecting nature! We offer a wide variety of educational opportunities for individuals, families and children. Our staff of naturalists design and deliver our school age and family programs, and our adult education programs are led by field experts. Whether you are a beginning birder, a mini-naturalist, a curious explorer or an enthusiastic nature-lover, we know you’ll find something to engage your brain at the Nature Center!
Programs support Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) learning at the Nature Center and in classrooms. Students engage in critical thinking and collaborative conversations while encountering plant, animal and environmental phenomena. Our naturalists will work with each teacher to lead an experience that will enhance classroom curriculum.
Awaken the child within as you enjoy a leisurely walk along winding oak woodland trails and come upon grazing deer, pecking woodpeckers, or scurrying lizards. You can choose to visit us at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center or we will come to your facility.
We have Nature Camps available for all 4 seasons of the year: Summer Camps, Fall Camps, Winter Camps, and Spring Camps. Explore nature in a fun and safe learning environment available for all ages, though primarily geared toward ages 5-11.
The Effie Yeaw Nature Center offers guided hikes, personalized to meet your needs and interests, for groups of up to 18 people. Our Naturalists will lead you on a hike in our 100-acre nature preserve to view Sacramento wildlife. Whether you are looking to fulfill a club goal or just explore your group's nature interests, we can help!