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.

NEW for the 2014-15 school year.  Bookings begin May 5.
Our Programs for Schools and Groups
To download the Effie Yeaw Nature Center's 2014-2015 Educational Programs Catalog. Click here.
For Exciting Art, Beautiful Surroundings, Excellent Food and Great Company, Come to
"Painting Where the Wild Things Are"
the ARNHA Art Gala, 
Saturday, May 31st,  5 – 8 pm 
Join Artists, Nature Lovers and Philanthropists to Raise Funds for the Nature Center
For more information and online registration, click here.
Under the Oaks Kids' Camps
Effie Yeaw Nature Center's Under the Oaks Kids Camps give children the opportunity to experience, discover and explore the great outdoors.  Each camp is focused on a different nature-related theme with hands on activities and explorations, hikes and games with crafts and stories.  Each day is filled with new discoveries and fun.

Summer 2014 -  Mon., June 16 to Fri., August 1. More information and online registration here.




Photo: Kari Bauer
The Nature Center in the News 
  • 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.
  • A great article "Bringing in the New Year at Effie Yeaw" in the Arden-Carmichael News.
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!

California Naturalist Program 
at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, April 22 to June 10, 2014
Vernal Pool Photo: Sallie Reynolds
The American River Natural History Association, in conjunction with UC Cooperative Extension, is offering the 2014 California Naturalist certificate class at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center.  The 40-hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning to exlore the unique ecology and natural history of the greater Sacramento reion.  This course will cover basic ecology, watershed concepts, geology, wildlife, plants, and global environmental issues, as well as tools for collaborative conservation and communication, and will be beneficial for educators, college students, land owners, interested citizens and staff and vounteers of nature-oriented non-profits and regional parks.

For more information about the California Naturalist program click here.
Nature Fest 2013
Gabe Kerschner, of Wild Things, shows Spirit, a Bald Eagle.  (Photo Kari Bauer)

See a slide show from Nature Fest here.

  • ARNHA has been chosen by the Sacramento Environmental Commission as a winner in the “Achievement of a Successful Environmental Education/Outreach Program” category of the 14th Annual Environmental Recognition Awards competition for their Nature Fest 2012, held at the Nature Center in October. A plaque was awarded to them at the SEC’s April 15th 2013 televised meeting in the County Board Chambers.  

 

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Happening Now...

  • 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:
  • Lewis Kemper: Wildlife Photography Seminar and Workshop May 8 and 10. Information and registration here.
  • Now Available  A full-color edition of ARNA's local field guide, The Outdoor World of the Sacramento Region.  See more.
  • Discovery Room Exhibit   Visit   "Salute to Songbirds".
Adopt an Animal
Make a contribution to our animal care program.  Find information about how to adopt one of our resident animals here.
Wildlife Watching Activities ...
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. 
Find out more about local birding opportunities at the Sacramento Audubon Society.
Calling all artists!  The prospectus for Painting Where the Wild Things Are 2014 is now available!  Broad and creative interpretations of the American River Parkway flora, fauna and landscape in Watermedia, Oil, Acrylic, Soft Pastel, Pencil/Pen & Ink, Hard Pastel, Mixed Media, Textiles and Sculpture are welcome!  (Sorry, no giclees or photography)  Entries will be received at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center on Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 26th and judged by Elliot Fouts.  Accepted works will go into the show, sale and auction with proceeds shared to benefit the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, a community service of the American River Natural History Association.  The Art Gala and Auction will take place at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center on Saturday, May 31st. More details  at www.sacfinearts.org
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.