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Our Mission

The Effie Yeaw Nature Center is dedicated to providing educational and interpretive programs and information about the natural environment, principally in the American River Parkway.

Effie Yeaw Nature Center is a community outreach initiative of the American River

Natural History Association (ARNHA). For

almost 50 years, this diverse biological ecosystem and culturally significant region has been a notable landmark in the Sacramento area for nature enthusiasts, explorers, and citizen scientists. Nestled within the tranquil beauty of Ancil Hoffman Park, the Effie Yeaw Nature Center is an unique experience for those seeking to engage with the wonders of the natural world.


Support Us

Learn About Donations, Memberships and More


Find Hours, Parking, and Directions to Effie Yeaw


Meet the Dedicated Board Team Supporting Effie Yeaw's Mission


Discover Field Trips and Group Programs at Effie Yeaw

Animal Ambassadors

Learn About Effie Yeaw's Fascinating Wildlife Residents

Shop Effie Yeaw

Discover Nature-Inspired Gifts and Souvenirs

Events Calendar

Explore Effie Yeaw's Monthly Calendar and Events

Citizen Science

Check Out Effie Yeaw's Wildlife Research Efforts

Get Involved - Volunteer

Join Effie Yeaw's Community And Contribute to Conservation

Start the Journey

"Discover. Explore. Engage." is more than just a motto—it's a call to action at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Through immersive educational programs, captivating exhibits, and dynamic experiences, we invite visitors of all ages to discover the wonders of nature, explore the beauty of the American River Parkway, and engage with the natural world in meaningful ways. Whether you're participating in our special events, embarking on a guided hike, or simply taking in the serene surroundings, each visit is an opportunity to deepen your connection to the environment and inspire a lifelong love of nature. Join us as we embark on a journey of discovery, exploration, and engagement in the great outdoors.

Who We Are

Land Acknowledgment

In deepest respect, the American River Natural History Association (ARNHA) recognizes that the Effie Yeaw Nature Center (EYNC) sits on the unceded land of the Valley Nisenan peoples. The American River Natural History Association, EYNC, and the Sacramento Regional Parks, as co-stewards, will continuously work to uplift and affirm the voices of the local tribal nations through a mutual partnership that will aid in preserving and interpreting their thriving indigenous culture; not just depicting past history. ARNHA also commits to collaborating with local tribal nations to preserve the land in a manner that respects the beliefs and cultures of the first peoples of this area, who are vested and valued members of the Sacramento Community.


"AMAZING! Our family visited on President Day Weekend & it was absolutely amazing! The nature center is a small, quaint walk through where you can learn about some of the insects and animals and then you head out to the trails."

Elizabeth F.

EYNC Trailhead Newsletter

Welcome to the EYNC Trailhead Newsletter, your source for all things Effie Yeaw Nature Center! This month, we're excited to spotlight the incredible people, captivating nature, and engaging events that make EYNC a cherished community hub.


Check us out on social media:

Facebook - Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Instagram  - @effieyeawnaturecenter

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