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The Nature Center is part of a 100-acre nature preserve 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 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 (916) 489-4918.

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Come See the Visitor Center

Effie Yeaw Visitor Center

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Explore the Nature Preserve

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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.

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Hiking Trails in the Nature Preserve
Drawing & Painting
Picnic Tables and Play Area in front of the Visitor Center

Nature Blog

Ask a Naturalist: Is it normal for a deer to have blood on its antlers?

August 05, 2021

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Ask a Naturalist: Are Steelhead trout and Rainbow trout the same species?

May 11, 2021

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April 27, 2021

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