Hours, Prices & Directions

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.

Admission

We do not charge an admission fee, but there is a recommended donation for visiting the center. As we are a non-profit, this helps us pay for care for our resident animals, maintenance of the trails and grounds, and the cost of our public weekend programs. The recommended donation amounts are:

$2 per adult
$1 per child

We appreciate your kindness!

Finding Our Location

The Effie Yeaw Nature Center is located inside the Ancil Hoffman County Park:
2850 San Lorenzo Way (off Tarshes Drive)
Carmichael CA 95608

The San Lorenzo entrance to Ancil Hoffman Park is permanently locked and the only way to enter the Effie Yeaw Nature Center by car is from Tarshes Drive and California Avenue. Check the map downloadable map or view to the right

WARNING: Internet mapping software often gives inaccurate directions through San Lorenzo Way

Parking Instructions

Because the Nature Center is located inside Ancil Hoffman County Park, there is a $5 per car parking fee (free parking for ARNHA members).

NOTE: ARNHA members park for free! Consider becoming a member to receive free parking and other benefits, including supporting the Nature Center!

Highway Directions

From Auburn

  • Take I-80 west
  • Take Madison Avenue, east exit (left at end of ramp)
  • Turn right on Manzanita Avenue Manzanita Ave. turns into Fair Oaks Blvd. Stay on Fair Oaks
  • Turn left on Palm Drive
  • Turn right on California Ave
  • Turn left on Tarshes Drive (entrance to Ancil Hoffman Park)
  • Go past kiosk, continue on Tarshes Drive to stop sign
  • Turn left at stop sign (San Lorenzo Way) and continue to Nature Center

From Davis or Downtown Sacramento

  • Take I-80 east towards Sacramento
  • Take Highway 50 east
  • Take Watt Avenue North Exit
  • Turn right on Fair Oaks Blvd.
  • Turn right on Van Alstine Ave.
  • Turn left on California Ave.
  • Turn right on Tarshes Drive (entrance to Ancil Hoffman Park)
  • Go past kiosk, continue on Tarshes Drive to stop sign
  • Turn left at stop sign (San Lorenzo Way) and continue to Nature Center

From Elk Grove

  • Take Highway 99 north
  • Take Highway 50 east
  • Take Watt Avenue North Exit
  • Turn right on Fair Oaks Blvd.
  • Turn right on Van Alstine Ave.
  • Turn left on California Ave.
  • Turn right on Tarshes Drive (entrance to Ancil Hoffman Park)
  • Go past kiosk, continue on Tarshes Drive to stop sign
  • Turn left at stop sign (San Lorenzo Way) and continue to Nature Center

From Placerville

  • Take Highway 50 west
  • Take Sunrise Ave. North exit
  • Turn left on Fair Oaks Blvd.
  • Turn left on California Avenue
  • Turn left on Tarshes Drive (entrance to Ancil Hoffman Park)
  • Go past kiosk, continue on Tarshes Drive to stop sign
  • Turn left at stop sign (San Lorenzo Way) and continue to Nature Center
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