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

Hours, Prices & Directions

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: from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The Effie Yeaw Nature Study Area will close early, at 12pm, on December 31st, New Years Eve.

Hours of operation could change, especially in stormy weather. Call to confirm hours of operation for the day (916) 876-4918.

Food Allergy Warning**

There is the possibility of campfire cooking of salmon and the presence of ground acorn in the air surrounding the Effie Yeaw Nature Center during days where we have our Maidu Cultural Programs. If you have a fish or nut allergy and are concerned, please call our front desk at 916-876-4918 to inquire about the day’s programs. Thank You!

Come See the Visitor Center

Effie Yeaw Visitor Center

Explore the Nature Preserve

Ancil Hoffman Nature Preserve

Watchable Wildlife

The Nature Area is included as a “Watchable Wildlife” site in the California state guide because of its reliable wildlife viewing opportunities. There is always something interesting to see so bring your binoculars and view the wildlife up close!

Many varieties of animal species live in or use the nature preserve and the Ancil Hoffman Park. See deer, squirrels, coyotes, wild turkeys, rabbits, snakes, hawks, owls, woodpeckers, songbirds and waterfowl on the river and ponds, as well as tracks or signs of many other animals.

Nature Blog

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