AMERICAN RIVER NATURAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION

Bringing Nature to People... and People to Nature

aka Effie Yeaw Nature Center   |   Carmichael, CA   |  http://www.SacNatureCenter.net

Mission

The American River Natural History Association (ARNHA) and the Effie Yeaw Nature Center are dedicated to providing educational and interpretive programs and information about the natural environment, principally in the American River Parkway.

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Kent Anderson

Main address

2850 San Lorenzo Way

Carmichael, CA 95608 USA

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EIN

94-2766075

NTEE code info

Environmental Beautification (C50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

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Our programs

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Urban Nature Program

Goal: Provide outdoor programs that focus on science and environmental education for school-age children in the Sacramento Region. These programs will ignite awareness, appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of the local natural resources, and augment curriculum-based learning from the classroom.
Objectives:
Title I schools and other underserved youth organizations in Sacramento County will be contacted, and informed of the availability of environmental education programs for their students at no charge to the school (up to four programs per school/organization).  Transportation assistance will be offered if needed (funded by private donors). The Nature Center staff and volunteers will provide hands-on, science and environment-focused programs to at least 1,100 school-age children during the 2013 calendar year. For most of the children, this will be their first direct experience with the natural world and wildlife. 
Supervising adults from each group will give evaluations of the program they receive.  The Nature Center Director will analyze returned evaluations and implement any resulting improvements.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our science-based educational programs offer students of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to come face-to-face with nature! We offer both STEM and history education through direct experience in an outdoor setting. Students who visit the center to participate in our programs are able to:

• Explore the center's interactive museum and meet our resident animals,
• Discover the trails of the beautiful 100+ acre nature preserve that edges the American River,
• Experience the traditions of the Nisenan Maidu native culture in the replica village,
• And wade into local ponds and rivers, investigating life under the water's surface.

Programs meet California State Science and History Standards, can be customized to support the teacher's curriculum, and are offered at the Nature Center and Preserve as well as in school classrooms.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

Our Nature of Things field study and seminar series brings in expert guest speakers for lectures and field studies in subjects such as local flora and fauna, photography and geology. This series is geared toward adults who wish to expand their knowledge and appreciation of the natural world.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our public weekend programs are appropriate for all ages and interest-levels. Consistent with our goals of educating and inspiring the community, the programs cover a wide-range of science and nature-related topics from bird-watching to solar-cooking. Guest speakers featured throughout the year bring expertise and passion to their programs, attracting many return visitors.
Our visitor center, open year-round, includes an interactive museum and live animal exhibit. Our permanent riparian museum exhibit explores the local flora and fauna of the American River Parkways, through mounted animals and dioramas. Our rotating main exhibit always includes hands-on activities, educational games, and beautiful photos and art. Past main exhibits include A Salute to Songbirds, Wild about Wetlands and Endangered Species of California.

The Nature Center takes care of more than a dozen non-releasable animals native to the American River system. These animals, which cannot be returned to their native habitat, include five birds and numerous reptiles and amphibians. These critters act as our animal ambassadors, visiting schools, taking part in programs and helping in our educational efforts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our Under the Oaks Kids Camps are outdoor, nature-focused educational programs offered during school breaks and summers. Each day camp is a different theme, presented by our Naturalists. The camps utilize the 100+ acre nature preserve, the museum and the replica Maidu village for lessons, activities, games and crafts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Volunteers are the heartbeat of the Nature Center. Over 200 volunteers each year greet visitors, lead tours, assist with office duties, care for resident animals, perform landscaping, help with day camps, assist with fundraising, plan and host special events, and perform many other activities that support the center. In 2012-23 volunteer hours totaled 17,755.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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AMERICAN RIVER NATURAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION

Board of directors
as of 12/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laurie Weir

Bill Spaller

Margaret Leavitt

Carye Coangelo

Joey Johnson

Jackie DeLu

Sandie Dunn

Chuck Halnan

Bud Banker

Claudia Hulbe

Kathy Webb

Michael Kwong

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

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