A Community Service of the
American River Natural History Association







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 Attendees Enjoy A Beautiful Morning in the Preserve, photo by Linda Thomas
Bird and Breakfast Weekend is scheduled for March 18 & 19.
Join us for morning birding trips guided by expert birders from the Sacramento Audubon Society, coupled with wonderful breakfast fare. Saturday's program is for ages 12 and up. Sunday's program (and cost) is family-friendly!
-Call for Artists-
Art Where Wild Things Are
Crow III by Charlotte Cooper
A themed, open juried exhibition featuring broad and creative interpretations of life in our local, natural world.  
Show dates: May 16 - June 4, 2017.

Various media, including NEW THIS YEAR - PHOTOGRAPHY.

Entry deadline: Midnight April 15, 2017.

Saturday, June 10, 2017


An Evening Celebrating Artists' Interpretations of Life in our 
Natural World with a Live & Silent Auction, Food & Wine

Tickets on sale in April.
Deer and Fawn Storytime for Preschoolers
Tuesday, March 14 
10:30-11:30am

Join us for a seasonal tale, songs and a craft. And if there's time, we'll get to meet an animal friend too! 
Pre-registration required. 
-Call for Entries-
Picturing the Parkway
Photo by Linda Thomas
An open exhibition celebrating the American River Parkway in photographs at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center.
Exhibit Dates: Sept. 5 through Oct. 7, 2017
Entry Period: May 1 to July 29, 2017

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 2016-17 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.  

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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

March Program
Bird Photography with Paul Bannick
Field Study - Friday, March 17 7:30-10am
Seminar - Friday, March 17  10:30am to 12pm
This field study is full. 

March/April Program
Beginning Birding with Rich Howard
2 Field Studies - Saturdays 8-11am
4 Seminars - Fridays 6:30-8pm
The field studies are full.

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

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
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.