(IEE) Innovations in Environmental Education Fund

Administered by the American River Conservancy, the IEE Fund is a grant-making program that awards grants to support El Dorado County educators in implementing innovative environmental education projects.


Interested in signing up for a field trip? The Wakamatsu Outdoor Education Program offers a wide range of lesson topics for grades pre-k through 12. Example themes include natural history, gardening basics, watershed science, and stewardship projects. For more information or to schedule a visit,
please call (530) 621-1224 or email education@arconservancy.org.

Experience fun new activities, outdoor games, and hands-on crafts at Nature Camp. Camp programs take place in Coloma and nearby parks every summer. All camps offered are day-camps, except for the sleep-over at the end of the 9-11 year old camp.

NEW!! 2018 Camp Dates:
June 21 & 22 Camp Counselor Training
June 25 – 29 Camp Session 1: ages 9-11
July 9 – 13 Camp Session 2: ages 6-8
July 16 – 20 Camp Session 3: ages 6-8
July 23-27 Camp Session 4: ages 4-5

Registration will open in Spring 2018.

Download the Registration and Information Package HERE!

Nature Bowl, a project of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, is an environmental education “competition.” Teams of 3-8 students in grades 3-6 study life science and environmental issues in preparation for an all-day semi-finals event. For more information, contact us at (530) 621-1224 or education@arconservancy.org.  Semi-finals will take place at the American River Nature Center on April 20th, 2018.

The American River Nature Center
Open 10am-4pm Fri-Sun

Explore hands-on exhibits, life-like taxidermy animals, a large scale map of the American and Cosumnes Rivers, and microscopes that bring the world up close. Meet Caddyshack, a rehabilitated Gopher Snake, and George, a captive-bred, endangered California tiger salamander. There’s lots to see and learn about inside the Nature Center, which occupies the historic Kane House. Outside the Nature Center enjoy several hiking trails in the park, and nearby. Maps available on request.

If you enjoy exploring and learning about our local ecology, engaging in citizen science, and sharing your knowledge with others, this program is for you! 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 the Sierra Foothills. Evening classes will be held at the American River Nature Center in Coloma and field trips locally in El Dorado County. 

Tentative dates:
Thursday evenings, starting February 22 (6- 8:30pm) lasting until
May 10, 2018.  Three Saturday field trips (dates TBD). Download
 the Course Syllabus for additional information about the course.
Registration is now OPEN!  REGISTER HERE.


Whether you’re looking for a workshop, hike, or volunteer event, we have something planned almost weekly.


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