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.
Bring your homeschool group to the Effie Yeaw Nature Center for a customized, educational tour of our Nature Study Area Preserve and introduction to one of our resident animals representing a native species of the Sacramento region. After your tour, your group (in smaller groups of 6-8 people) is invited inside the Nature Center for self-guided exploration of the museum exhibit and more native species of Sacramento wildlife.
All ages are welcome on the tour, but the curriculum is designed for school-age children K-6th.
Scout Tours - We can help your troop fulfill badge requirements or just provide an exciting and educational outing! Let us know what you're looking for and we can customize a program for your scouts.
Group Tours - The Effie Yeaw Nature Center offers personalized tours, adjusted to meet your needs and interests, for groups of up to 15 people.