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The American River Nature Center

Explore hands-on exhibits, life-like taxidermy animals, a large scale map of the American River, and microscopes that bring the world up close. Meet George, an endangered California tiger salamander, play the fishing game, and find out how much water your family uses at home.

Admission is FREE!

There's lots to see and learn inside our historic building. We also have a bookstore with a large selection of field and trail guides, natural history books, and ARC merchasndise.

The American River Nature Center is located in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, CA along Highway 49.   Click here for directions to the Nature Center!

The American River Nature Center occupies the historic Kane House. Look for the Blacksmith Shop - we're across the street in the big yellow house. 

Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 11 am - 3 pm 

Preview the Nature Center!  The Nature Center features murals of local wildlife and landscapes by artist, Michael Maydak.  Photos below are provided courtesy of photographer James Cole.




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.

Special Holiday Hours:

Open normal schedule through December 23.  Closed December 24, 25, and January 1.  Open December 27 through December 31. 


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