Effie Yeaw Nature Center
The American River Natural History Association (ARNHA), in conjunction with UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, offers the California Naturalist certification class at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael (Sacramento County). The 40-hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of California, with an emphasis on the greater Sacramento region. The course covers basic ecology, watershed concepts, geology, wildlife, plants, and global environmental issues, as well as tools for collaborative conservation and communication.
The ARNHA operates the Effie Yeaw Nature Center within a 100-acre Nature Study Area in the middle of the 23-mile American River Parkway, one of the largest riverside parkways in the United States. ARNHA offers nature programs to K-6 grades, adults and weekend family adventures, reaching over 15,000 students per year. The Nature Study Area is a mature oak woodland featuring valley and live oaks, cottonwoods and over 100 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and other creatures. The Lower American River runs along the edge of the Nature Study Area, including gravel bars for spawning steelhead and salmon. The Nature Study Area is protected from dogs, horses and bicycles so nature experiences can be close and rich.