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The American River Nature Center

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. Go pretend "fishing" in the miniature American River, find out how much water your family uses at home and discover the importance of our watershed. There's lots to see and learn about inside the Nature Center, which occupies the historic Kane House. 

The Nature Center is also a bookstore with a large selection of field and trail guides, natural history books, and ARC merchandise.

Located within the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, just across the street from the Blacksmith Shop, The American River Nature Center is located in Coloma, CA at 348 Highway 49. Look for the yellow cottage with the white fence. Click here for directions to the Nature Center!

The American River Nature Center is the office of the American River Conservancy. The Nature Center is open to the public, Friday to Sunday from 10:00am-4:00pm. Admission is FREE. Sometimes the Nature Center will be closed without notice for programs or camp, so if you are planning a special trip please call (530) 621-1224

The Nature Center features murals of local wildlife and landscapes by artist, Michael Maydak.  The mural photo is provided courtesy of photographer James Cole. Take a look!



While you're here in Coloma, CA . . .

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is a delightful place to visit for its cultural history and natural surroundings. Gold was discovered at this site in 1848, sparking the largest migration in Western history and changing California forever. Visit the museum and historic buildings, picnic along the river, hike the Monroe Ridge Trail or along the South Fork American River, and get up close to wildlife in the foothills.

Other nearby areas to explore include several BLM lands, such as Dave Moore Nature Area and Cronan Ranch. Just up the road in Placerville are the Gold Bug Mine and Park and the El Dorado Visitor Center.  Visit the El Dorado County Visitor's Authority website for more information.


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We have hikes, lectures, and informal outdoor programs for every age group that are open to the public. Check our calendar of events.




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