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.

Bird and Breakfast Weekend
with ARNHA and Sacramento Audubon Society
March 19 and 20
A fabulous weekend of birding - fun for experts as well as beginners! Sunday's event is family-friendly!
Click here for more details and to register.
Get into NATURE this Spring Break!

Looking for a fun, active and educational camp for your child? Look no further than Effie Yeaw! 
  • Monday, March 21 - Squirrel Squad
  • Tuesday, March 22 - Camp 5: Precious Plants
  • Tuesday, March 22 - Bird's the Word
  • Wednesday, March 23 - Butterflies & Blooms
  • Thursday, March 24 - Great Egg-spectations

There is limited space in each camp. 

It's Deer and Fawn Storytime!

Preschoolers and their parents are invited to join us for a special program on
 Friday, March 25 at 10:30am.
The Nature Center in the News 
  • The Nature Center's monthly Birding for Families weekend program was featured in the Sacramento Bee in January 2016. Read the article and see the video here.
  • The California Chapter of the America Planning Association announced the three inaugural winners of "Great Places in California". And one of these three is (of course!) the American River Parkway. (see here)
  • ARNHA's newest edition of An American River Almanac, 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.
Thank You, Volunteers
Read how a group of volunteers, Scouts and Rotary Club members, completely refurbished the directional and interpretive signs at the  Effie Yeaw Nature Center in “The Evolution of Trail Signs” by Cheryl Romo here.
For the 2015-16 school year.  
Our Programs for Schools and Groups
To download the Effie Yeaw Nature Center's 2015-2016 Educational Programs Catalog. Click 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.  
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.

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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 Speaker Series

  • January Program
Photographing our American River with James F Scott
Rescheduled to:
Fri, Feb. 12 - 6:30-8:00pm and
Sat, Feb. 13 - 7-11am
NOTE: Field study is nearly full. Seminar Only registration is available. 

  • January/February Program
Birds of Winter in the Sacramento Valley with Ed Harper
A series of three seminars and three field studies
NOTE: Field studies are nearly full. Seminars Only registration is available.

  • March/April Program
Beginning Birding - Spring Session with Rich Howard
A series of four seminars and two field studies
NOTE: Field studies are full. Seminars Only registration is available.

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
Help support our animal care program.  Find information about how to adopt one of our resident animals here.
Wildlife Watching Activities ...
  • 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