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Every Kid in a Park. Initiative that gives every U.S. 4th grader and his or her family free access to 2000+ federally managed lands and waters. Educators can also participate.
Effie Yeaw Nature Center/American River Parkway - Site # 73
Loop trails wind through the old river floodplain, where huge oaks, walnuts, elderberries, and wild grapes form a lush environment for acorn woodpeckers, sapsuckers, towhees, and other songbirds.
RegionalRegional - worth visiting if you are already in the area. They may be located farther from populated areas or with more limited wildlife species.

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Background: Cliff bluffs, forests, meadows, ponds, and a creek border this urban wildlife haven along the American River. Loop trails wind through the old river floodplain, where huge oaks, walnuts, elderberries, and wild grapes form a lush environment for acorn woodpeckers, sapsuckers, towhees, and other songbirds. Heavy understory offers cover for raccoons, skunks, and small mammals. Dutchman's pipevine attracts coloful pipevine swallowtail butterflies. Three small ponds provide water for California quail, wild turkeys, and black-tailed deer, tracks next to ponds and riverbanks may belong to bobcats, coyotes, river otters, or beavers. Herons wade along the shallow river edges and salmon spawn on the exposed river cobbles. Common mergansers, common goldeneyes, and wood ducks visit seasonally. Several birds of prey are residents.
Explore tule huts, an acorn granary, and a large grinding rock while learning about native ways of life in a replica Nisenan Maidu village.

The Habitat: The Effie Yeaw Nature Center is part of a Riparian corridor along the American River. Most of the park is oak woodland (75%) but there are also three ponds and a large meadow, as well as 1/4 mile river interface.

The Experience: While Riparian corridors continue to disappear throughout California, the Effie Nature Center offers the public an opportunity to experience a diverse ecosystem abundant in a riparian habitat's flora and fauna.

Wildlife and Where to Find It: The best way to view wildlife is by walking the trails. Wildlife can also be viewed from canoes and rafts in the river.

Viewing Tips: Watch for wood ducks, songbirds, and birds of prey in spring. Waterfowl, herons, turkeys, deer, and small mammals are seen year-round. Look for butterflies in early summer. Salmon spawn from November to December. Visitor center. Located on the American River Parkway, a 23 mile bike trail between Folsom Lake and downtown Sacramento.

Site Notes: Be sure to visit the special exhibits inside the Nature Center. While there, also visit with rescued reptiles, mammals, and birds that now make their home indoors. On your way out grab a trail map and calender of free weekend events led by staff naturalists.

Effie Yeaw Nature Center/American River Parkway benefits from programs established by the Bureau of Reclamation's Central Valley Project Conservation Program (CVPCP) and the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Habitat Restoration Program. For more infomration, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpcp/aboutus.html and for information on endangered species http://ecos.fws.gov/tess_public/#

Nearby Viewing Sites: The Effie Yeaw Nature Center is located in Ancil Hoffman Park and is part of the American River Parkway. The American River Parkway starts at Discovery Park at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers and follows the river east from the city of Sacramento to the Nimbus Hatchery near Folsom. The American River Parkway is found on the north and most of the south sides of the river considered the 'jewel' of Sacramento. The parkway stretches 23 miles and offers open space, oak woodlands, rich green riparian flora, paved trails and access to the Beautiful 'Wild and Scenic' American River.

Festivals & Events: This is a field trip location for many schools in the region. Creek Week events are held at the site each spring.
Maidu Indian Day takes place on-site the first Sat

Visitor Information: Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau - (916) 442-7644 - http://www.sacramentocvb.org
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: Yes
Open: Sun,Mon,Tues,Wed,Thur,Fri,Sat
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Year Round: Yes

Road Information:   Paved. 
Road Hazards: No
 Number of Parking Spaces: 60
Parking Fee: Yes
Proximity to viewing area:0 miles
 Pull-Through Parking: Yes
Parking Notes: Wildlife can be viewed from the roadways and the parking lot that borders the Effie Yeaw Nature Center preserve.

How to Get There: From Sacramento, take Highway 80 east (toward Reno) and take Madison Avenue East exit. Stay on Madison for almost 2 miles and turn right on Manzanita. Travel 3.5 miles on Manzanita (name changes to Fair Oaks Boulevard). Turn left on Van Alstine and drive 0.4 mile, follow signs to Effie Yeaw Nature Center (located in Ancil Hoffman County Park).
 

Contact Information
Managing Agency: County of Sacramento
Agency Site URL: http://www.effieyeaw.org
Physical Address:2850 San Lorenzo Way
Carmichael, CA 95608
Agency 2:P.O. Box 579
Carmichael, CA 95609
Manager Phone:(916) 489-4918 Contact Us:by Email
Site Phone:(916) 489-4918
County: Sacramento
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