Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$61,961 raised by 242 donors

100% complete

$50,000 Goal

What is the Big Day of Giving?

Each year, the Big Day of Giving is held on the first Thursday of May and the Sacramento region comes together to support organizations that make our community stronger. The Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour, community-wide fundraising movement, organized by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. We’re thrilled to once again be a part of this fun and impactful event, and we hope we can count on your help! 

How to Get Involved!

Schedule a Reminder to Give

Mark your calendars or use the following link to schedule an email or text reminder for May 4th, the Big Day of Giving: tinyurl.com/BdogRemindMe

Make a Donation

Anytime between April 20th and May 4th, you can return to this page and give any amount that is meaningful to you. Your safe and secure donation will go toward our Big Day of Giving total. A nominal administration fee of 5% will be deducted or you can choose to cover that cost as part of your donation.

You may also always give by beck if you prefer, just write "Big Day of Giving" on the memo line and you can drop them off in person or mail them to us at 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael, CA 95608!

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Who are we?

Nestled in a beautiful oak woodland along the American River, the Effie Yeaw Nature Center delivers award-winning natural science programs to thousands of school children and families each year with qualified naturalists and trained docents. Its location within one of California's largest metropolitan areas makes it highly accessible to urban school children and a special natural resource for family recreation and environmental study. Last year, nearly 16,500 students and more than 100,000 visitors participated in the Nature Center's education programs, explored the visitor center, got up close with our resident animals, and/or enjoyed the serene natural beauty of the 100-acre nature preserve.

The Nature Center is operated by the American River Natural History Association (ARNHA), a non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage excellence in environmental science and cultural education within Sacramento County, particularly the American River Parkway. Founded in 1981, ARNHA assumed financial and operational responsibility for the Nature Center in July 2010, in response to significant budget cuts by the County of Sacramento.

The Nature Center is named after Effie Yeaw, a teacher, conservationist and environmental educator who worked with citizen groups to raise interest in preserving the lands along the lower American River in the 1950's and 60's. She also trained tour guides and helped develop the concept of the American River Parkway. In 1960, the County Parks Department received bond money to purchase land along the American River in the area now known as Ancil Hoffman Park. That was the beginning of many purchases to establish the Parkway, including the Effie Yeaw Nature Area. In 1974, a citizen's advisory committee studied the feasibility of an interpretive center in Ancil Hoffman County Park. Many of the committee's members were introduced to the natural resources of the Parkway by Effie Yeaw herself. Construction of the Nature Center was completed in June 1976 and was dedicated in memory of the teacher whose devotion to nature and children still guide Nature Center activities today. Though Effie Yeaw died in 1970, her legacy lives on in the American River Parkway she helped to establish and in the Nature Center whose guiding philosophy is Effie's genuine love for nature and children.


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.


Educational Program Delivery: Donations, grants and sponsorships to fund outdoor education programs and seasonal camps, Nisenan Maidu cultural history programs, and low-cost weekend family programs. $600 will provide educational programs for more than 100 students.

Exhibit Enhancement and Maintenance: Support for maintaining our educational public visitor center with family-friendly interactive exhibits and our replica Nisenan Maidu village.

Funding to support our 'Educational Ambassadors' - our over 20 resident live animals who require food, shelter, and care daily. $300 will provide a month of food for the animals.

Special Events and Fundraisers: Sponsorships and in-kind donations for annual community and fundraising events, such as Bird & Breakfast (program for bird-lovers), NatureFest (community education event), Spring Gala and Auction (fundraiser event).

Volunteers are the heartbeat of the Nature Center. Over 200 volunteers each year perform a variety of critical duties from landscaping and animal care to front desk reception and data entry.

Equity Statement

In deepest respect, the Effie Yeaw Nature Center (EYNC) recognizes that the Nature Center sits on the unceded land of the Valley Nisenan peoples. The American River Natural History Association (ARNHA) and the EYNC, as the current 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. The EYNC and the ARNHA also commit to partnering and working with local tribal nations to preserve the land in a manner that respects the beliefs and cultures of the first peoples, who are vested and valued stakeholders within the Sacramento Community.

Organization Data


Organization name

Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category


Operating Budget

$1,000,001-$5 million

Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Other, Volunteers

Demographics Served

Youth & Children, Low-income individuals/families, Seniors

Local Counties Served

El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo


2850 San Lorenzo Way
Carmichael, CA 95608

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US

Elk Grove, CA, US

Carmichael, CA, US

Roseville, CA, US

West Sacramento, CA, US



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