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Nature Tour at Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Share your passion for nature and learn even more about wildlife and the Nisenan Maidu culture at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. You will lead children on nature hikes in school groups of 16 or fewer. Most opportunities are Monday through Friday, 8:45am to 1:30pm. During the summer assist naturalist staff in providing fun, safe, and educational nature camp programs Monday through Friday with various shift opportunities ranging from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

In a typical nature tour, Docents lead school groups through the Nature Center, bring out one of our non-venomous animal ambassador snakes so children may see and touch a snake and then lead the group out on the trails down to the river for an hour long walk, fostering nature connection as you go.

Our docent training, will broaden your knowledge of the animals and plants along the American River Parkway. We will mentor you as you learn to handle non-venomous snakes. Teach you skills in environmental education, group management and progress your skills through professional development opportunities available to our docent community of volunteers.

This is a long-term commitment with initial training taking an average of 6 to 8 weeks (unless you already have experience as a docent, naturalist, environmental educator, a birder, or other relevant experience), followed by at least 9 months of volunteering 3 to 8 mornings a month during the school year. If you love nature and children, this position is for you!

For the training period, you must be available (in general) at least 2 weekdays a week for flexibility on signing up to observe tours. (At this time we are not recruiting for weekend Docents.)

There are also summer opportunities for docents in co-leading our school break Nature Camps, to assist with our Pond and River field days, and to help teach about the local Nisenan Maidu culture.

This is a perfect opportunity for nature enthusiasts, retired teachers, or others who want to help foster a deeper connection to nature for the youth in the Sacramento region!

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About Effie Yeaw Nature Center


Ancil Hoffman County Park, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael, CA 95608, US

Mission Statement

Effie Yeaw Nature Center is dedicated to providing educational and interpretive programs about the natural environment, principally in the American River Parkway. We connect people to nature and bring nature to people!


The Effie Yeaw Nature Center, situated among approximately 100 acres of protected riparian and oak woodland habitat along the Lower American River. The center provides unique exhibits and interpretive programs about nature, science, Native American culture and how to conserve our natural resources. The Effie Yeaw Nature Center serves many local school children who visit on field trips and the local community and visitors of Sacramento who enjoy connecting with nature. The Nature Center is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday, from 9am-5pm, and serves over 80,000 visitors annually.


Children & Youth
Animals, Children & Youth, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


Effie Yeaw Nature CenterAncil Hoffman County Park2850 San Lorenzo WayCarmichael, CA 95608


  • Public Speaking
  • Child Development
  • People Skills
  • Environmental Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Animal Care / Handling


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 9 months, average 3 to 8 tours a month, M - F
  • Able to walk on uneven surfaces and enjoy working with children. Must be okay with holding snakes! Training will be provided.

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