Wander interpretive trails through oak woodlands populated with deer, wild turkeys, and an abundance of birdlife to a scenic stretch of the American River. Walk this trail with the web of life in mind. Everything is connected: the river to the shore, the shore to the trees, the trees to the wind, the wind to the wings of the hawk that flies overhead. A quote from Chief Seattle, posted in the Effie Yeaw Interpretive Center, helps set the tone: Man did not weave the web of life; He is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. Every hike on this nature loop should begin with a visit to the interpretive center, which houses a bonanza of information about the natural and human history of the American River basin.
"This 77-acre nature preserve offers a glimpse of the once-vast riparian and oak woodlands, shrub lands, meadows, and aquatic habitats along the American River. Deer, coyotes, wild turkeys, rabbits, snakes, hawks, owls, woodpeckers, songbirds, and waterfowl add to the adventure of three self-guided walking trails." Read more
"The Effie Yeaw Nature Center and its adjacent Natural Area have a network of short interpretive trails perfect for families to explore and learn about the American River ecosystem, the life of the Nisenan Indians who formerly lived along the river, and the advent of gold mining that transformed the landscape and eventually led to the establishment of the American River Parkway. Although the trails are short and located in a relatively confined area, there is no better place to observe wildlife on a winter day. You may see deer and coyotes, and numerous avian species, including wild turkeys, great blue herons, kingfishers, acorn woodpeckers, and Cooper’s hawks. By following different segments of the Observation, Riverview History, and Discovery interpretive trails, you can pretty much circumnavigate the entire natural area within about a mile, experience the many habitats of the Parkway, observe the river and a wetland, and start and end at the Nature Center itself so you can enjoy its exhibits and wildlife displays." Read more
"Interpretive trails wind through oak woodlands along a scenic stretch of the American River. The area supports an abundance of wildlife, including deer, wild turkeys, an abundance of waterfowl, and a chattering collection of songbirds.
Walk this trail with the web of life in mind. Everything is connected: the river to the shore, the shore to the trees, the trees to the wind, the wind to the wings of the hawk that flies overhead." Read more
"Interpretive trails wind through oak woodlands along a scenic stretch of the American River. The area supports an abundance of wildlife, including deer, wild turkeys, and a chattering collection of songbirds." Read more