A Natural Sanctuary

About a mile and a half from where I currently live there's a beautiful natural sanctuary that has always been one of my favorite places in the Sacramento region, since childhood. At this sanctuary they have: an educational exhibit, around 30 live animals, as well as more animal displays throughout its natural history museum, a replica village of the Nisenan Maidu Indians, 3 nature trails that all lead to the American River, and plenty of wild animals to come across while you're on route to the river. I've known about this place for over 30 years, and I still enjoy it as much as I did when I was a child. Only now it's even better because I get to enjoy it with Phoenix!

Replica hut of the Nisenan Maidu Indians.

Wildlife seen on trail to river.

American River 
Lately I've been running to and from this place with Phoenix in the stroller, and once we get there I let Phoenix roam and explore. Phoenix seems to love this place just as much as I do, and I sure am glad about that! There's alot to be learned when you come to the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. It definitely takes more than one visit to soak everything in. I won't give all the details so you can find out for yourself, and plus no two visits are ever the same. It's the perfect place to bring kids to learn, explore, and burn off energy on the trails and river edge, but it's also the perfect place for adults to escape and enjoy some time in the sights and sounds of nature.

View of Ancil Hoffman Park and trail as soon as you enter through gates from neighborhood street.
Small Bridge you can cross over before getting to Effie Yeaw Nature Center 

A trail at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Helpful Tips:
  • You can access the Effie Yeaw Nature Center by driving in through Ancil Hoffman Park. Follow the signs.
  • Entrance fee into Ancil Hoffman Park is $5. They have a self pay center if nobody is on duty. 
  • When I run, I access the park through a neighborhood street, Kenneth Avenue. A horse ranch is a landmark on the right hand side right before getting to a gate at the dead end of the street. 
  • Once you walk through the gate, enjoy the views and continue on the trail, then veer left, and continue until you get to a small bridge on your left. Once you cross the bridge, there's a road. Past the road is a parking lot adjacent to the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. 
  • Ancil Hoffman Park has a beautiful golf course.
  • The American River can also be accessed through the park. 
  • For more information on the Effie Yeaw Nature Center click the link: https://www.sacnaturecenter.net/visit-us/nature-preserve/

How to Get there:
  • Click the location link below and Google Maps will come up, with the address and how to get there. 
*More pictures to be added.


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