Effie Yeaw Nature Center
A Community Service of the
American River Natural History Association

 
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OPENING HOURS

 

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:  Open 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 489-4918.

 

ARNHA & SFAC present the

Spring Art Gala - May 30, 2015

Tickets on sale now

Join us for an evening of beautiful art, delicious food, and silent & live auctions, benefitting the Nature Center and its programs.
  • Honorary Chairs: Gregory & Moni Kondos and Congresswoman Doris Matsui
  • Art Show Judge: David Lobenberg
  • Emcee: CBS13's Dave Bender
  • Auctioneer: David Sobon

Summer Nature Camp Registration Now Open!
Click here for details and to register.

Get INTO NATURE this summer! Hiking the trails, exploring the Nature Preserve, river-rafting, creating nature-themed art - it's all here at our summer camps! Register today!

Spring Safari 

Family Event
Saturday, May 2, 2015

1pm-3:30pm at the Nature Center

Space is limited!! Register today!

NEW for the 2014-15 school year.  
Our Programs for Schools and Groups
To download the Effie Yeaw Nature Center's 2014-2015 Educational Programs Catalog. Click here.
The Nature Center in the News 
  • ARNHA's new edition of An American River Alamanac, was featured in the Sacramento Bee's Travel Section (view the article here). It was also featured in the Carmichael Times, along with its author, Peter Hayes (view the article here).
  • Two of the editors of the "Outdoor World of the Sacramento Region" talk to Beth Ruyak of Insight on Capital Public Radio.  Listen to the program here.
The Effie Yeaw Nature Center
For a virtual visit to the Nature Center, click here
The Effie Yeaw Nature Center is an award-winning environmental and cultural education center located within the beautiful American River Parkway in Carmichael, California. 

Enjoy our 100-acre nature preserve featuring interpretive trails that meander through the riparian woodlands along the American River. See deer, coyotes, migratory songbirds, raptors and wild turkeys as you explore the preserve's lush oak woodlands. Come and see us soon!
 
We offer a variety of fun activities for children and adults including  popular educational programs and tours for schools and other groups.  Come to the Center and visit our nationally traveled interactive exhibits and attend our many educational workshops.  Join us for a guided nature walk.  As always, we welcome volunteers.

Visitors can see live non-releasable wild animals, browse our Discovery Shop for books, toys and unique gifts, and tour the replica Maidu Indian summer village.

Since July, 2010, when Sacramento County, facing a difficult financial situation, gave the responsibility for running the Nature Center over to the American River Natural History Association, we rely almost entirely on public support to keep the Nature Center flourishing, and we greatly appreciate any support you are able to give.



Effie Yeaw logoWe are an award-winning environmental and cultural education center located within the beautiful American River Parkway in Carmichael, California.

Visitors walking into the Effie Yeaw Nature Center

We offer a dynamic variety of fun activities including children, adult and school programs, nationally renowned interactive exhibits, educational workshops and many opportunities for volunteering.

Visitors can see live wild animals, browse  our Discovery Shop for books, toys and unique gifts, or tour the replica of a Maidu Indian summer village.

Enjoy our 77-acre nature preserve featuring interpretive trails that meander through the riparian woodlands along the American River. See deer, coyotes, migratory songbirds and wild turkeys as you explore the preserve�s lush oak woodlands. Come and see us soon!

Check out the Media Corner for a taste of life at the Nature Center... a potpourri of interesting videos, podcasts and photos. Everything from dancing rattlesnakes, inquiring skunks, our animal ambassadors, beautiful scenery.... Even humans enjoying events and wildlife at the Center.  
To celebrate the BIG Day of Giving, we're telling the story of Effie Yeaw - a woman who gave us all so much - via an email mini-series. If you're not an email subscriber, click here to sign-up so you won't miss a chapter as they are published! Or catch up by reading the emails via the links below.



THANK YOU to those who made a donation during our Spring Fundraiser!
We are overwhelmed by your generosity! 

YOU helped us surpass our fundraising goal and now we'll be able to purchase a new vehicle to be used for transporting our resident animals to classrooms across the Sacramento region. On behalf of all the teachers and students who will benefit, we THANK YOU!


Make a donation to ARNHA & the Effie Yeaw Nature Center
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Support the Nature Center by becoming a member of the American River Natural History Association, here.

On the Calendar ...

  • Nature Walks and presentations for all ages are available almost every weekend. See the monthly event calendars below for more information about the programs being offered:
Nature of Things Series 
 
  • May Program: Home Landscapes with a Sense of Place with Christina Lewis - Thursday, May 7 at 6:30pm and Saturday, May 9 at 9:00am. This program is nearly full. Call 489-4918 for availability.

 

View a video about the research of recent "Nature of Things" speaker, wildlife biologist Mike Cardwell, who is studying rattlesnakes at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Click here.

Now Available 

 

  • A full-color edition of ARNHA's local field guide, The Outdoor World of the Sacramento Region.  See more.
Adopt an Animal
Make a contribution to our animal care program.  Find information about how to adopt one of our resident animals here.
Find out more about local birding opportunities at the Sacramento Audubon Society.
Wildlife Watching Activities ...
  • Explore Recent Sightings at the Nature Center noted in e-Bird here
  • Mike Cardwell's Rattlesnake Study Blog here
  • Explore Historical e-Bird Sightings for the Nature Center and Ancil Hoffman Park here
  • See Listings from Nature Center Tuesday Bird Walks here
Nature Center co-hosts monthly family bird walks with the Sacramento Audubon Society

The Nature Center and the Sacramento Audubon Society co-host monthly family bird walks at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center.   Look for these programs -- generally on the third Saturday of the month -- on the Nature Center Event Calendars.