Effie Yeaw Spring Gala & Auction

effie yeaw nature center spring gala
Event image from Effie Yeaw Nature Center website

If you have children or grandchildren, or were ever wee-young in River City, you probably are familiar with the laid-back charms of the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and the trails that lead from it down to the rocky banks of the American River.

Sixty-seven years since Effie Yeaw herself (described on the nonprofit organization’s website as “a teacher, conservationist and environmental educator”) began leading tours in the neighborhood known as Deterding Woods, the nature center is gearing up for its Spring Gala & Auction 2022, set to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at 2850 San Lorenzo Way in Carmichael.

“This elegant event, presented by the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, features live music, a raffle and silent and live auctions of fine art and unique experiences,” organizers say. “The Gala brings together art patrons, philanthropists, artists and nature-lovers for what has become the most important fundraiser of the year for the Effie Yeaw Nature Center

“We’re delighted to have Molly Riehl from ‘Good Day Sacramento’ and auctioneer Keith McLane joining us on the stage, with food from Bella Bru Cafe & Catering. The art show, featuring creative interpretations of local nature in a variety of media, is juried by well-known local artist Bobbi Baldwin.”

Individual tickets are $160; find that and other sponsorship options on Effie Yeaw’s website.

That website is also the place to go if you are interested in learning more about Effie Yeaw’s one-week summer camps, which give children ages 5 through 15 up to seven hours a day of outdoor fun and discovery. The camps begin June 13–17 with “Earth, Water, and Sky.”