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Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Arts & Culture
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment


Ancil Hoffman County Park2850 San Lorenzo WayCarmichael, CA 95608 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

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


The Effie Yeaw Nature Center, situated among 77 acres of protected riparian woodland along the American River, provides unique exhibits and interpretive programs about nature, science, Native American culture and how to conserve our natural resources. The Effie Yeaw Nature Center mainly serves elementary school children who visit on field trips and families who come here to connect with nature. The Nature Center is open to the public, and serves over 80,000 visitors yearly.


Would you recommend Effie Yeaw Nature Center?
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by Eileen S. (December 19, 2019)
I highly recommend the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. I volunteered as a receptionist on Friday and Sunday afternoons from May of 2018 to December of 2019. I learned so much about the local wildlife and environment from the staff that enthusiastically pass on their knowledge. It really is nice being around people who care so much about educating the public, especially the children, about nature. It is a small nature center with several animal ambassadors (that cannot be returned to the wild for a variety of reasons), educational displays, and a gift shop, located in a natural area with hiking trails along the American River. It was fun to greet and interact with people of all ages, and the staff is welcoming and appreciative of volunteers. I am relocating and will miss my time at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center.
by Paula S. (August 20, 2019)
I was delighted when I discovered the Effie Yeaw Nature center on volunteer match in February of this year. I have been volunteering as a Front desk receptionist since then. I greet visitors and share information about the Nature center's animal ambassadors. I also sell gift shop items and assist visitors who sign up for memberships. The staff of the nature center are so supportive of all the volunteers. I really appreciate the opportunity to volunteer there. The wonderful Volunteer Coordinator Rachel gave me a very thorough training and then I shadowed several experienced volunteers. Therefore I felt comfortable when I started my official weekly shift. I continue to learn new things especially because the environment is so welcoming. There are other volunteer positions available as well. I would recommend the Effie Yeaw Nature as a place where volunteers thrive as valued members of an outstanding team. Thanks again volunteer match for connecting me with the Nature Center!
by Svetlana Y. from Austin, TX (January 22, 2009)
This place is amazing! People around you are very friendly and willing to help you any moment. They will teach you anything you need to know to help them there! Effie Yeaw Nature Center is a family oriented place. A lot of people come there just to spend a beautiful day walking on the trails with animals in the wild, get away from the busy city and reunite with the nature. All the people who work there know a lot about animals, you can ask them any question you've got and be sure they will answer it :) Volunteering there is the best if you are planning to do it for a long period, because the more you stay there, the more you know about animals and your job and it means you can help better! I am a volunteer receptionist there. It is not a fast paced place, time kind of slows down there, but it is very pleasant and rewarding. Good luck!

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