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.

See's Candy Fundraiser
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Valentine's Day is around the corner - surprise your loved ones with boxes of See's candy and chocolates! This sweet fundraiser benefits the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and ARNHA.
Click here to browse our delicious assortments.

The last day to place an order is Thursday, January 29.
Noshin' for Nature Fundraiser at Lido
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Join us on Wednesday, January 28 or Thursday, January 29 at Lido Bar & Grill for a meal, a drink or just a pastry and coffee. Click here for details and to print the flyer.

New Museum Exhibit at the Nature Center
We invite you to come out to the Nature Center soon and check out the new exhibit in our museum - "Endangered Species of California's Central Valley."
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!

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. 
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.  
Nature Center Employment Opportunity
We are currently looking for an Associate Naturalist. Click here to view the job duties and requirements.
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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 
    • January program: Mushrooms of the Sierra Nevada with Daniel Nicholson - Friday, January 30 at 6:00pm and Saturday, January 31 at 10:00am. Register here.
    • February program: Owls of the Sierra Foothills with Rudy Darling - Thursday, February 12 at 6:30pm and Saturday, February 14 at 5:30pm. Register here.
    • March program: Vernal Pools: Jewels of the Valley with Eva Butler - Thursday, March 12 at 6:30pm and Saturday, March 14 at TBD. More info and registration page coming soon!
  • 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
  • Explore Historical e-Bird Sightings for the Nature Center and Ancil Hoffman Park here
  • See Listings from Nature Center Tuesday Bird Walks here