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The Big Day of Giving is May 6!

Click to visit our BDOG Fundraiser Page!

Click to visit our Summer Camp page!

Please contact us to schedule a visit, as we are open by appointment only.

Your family or school can reserve the Placer Nature Center for a Docent-led program in a fun, stimulating and safe environment.
We are adhering to COVID-19 protocol which requires wearing masks indoors and recommends masks outdoors. We will schedule groups separately to ensure sanitation and safety.

Help PNC Rebuild the First Peoples Village – donate to our GoFundMe Fundraiser!

Our Silent Auction has a few items left – visit our Auction Page

WEEKEND FAMILY HIKES FOR 2021!

Led by our docent Linda Conklin. Contact us to schedule your visit!

ALL FOUR SEASONS AND AUTUMN         

When the seasons change, so do the life cycles of the plants and animals.  We’ll learn about how trees and animals begin and end. 

WINTER: Furry Friends   

Get introduced to the mammals of the foothills. We’ll learn where they live, what they eat, which ones are predators, which are prey and how you can tell which they are. We’ll look for tracks, scat and other clues of these animals.

SPRING AND SUMMER: Wildflower or Birds   

We’ll be looking at wildflowers along the nature trail with hand lenses or looking for birds or bird nests with kid’s binoculars.

Garden Workshops with Richard Huntley

Richard is back as a volunteer at the Placer Nature Center. He will be offering workshops on garden-related topics throughout the summer. Contact us to sign up!

Saturday March 6: Making a Square Foot Garden 10-11:30am

Saturday March 6: Growing in Containers / Grow Bags 12-1:30pm

Saturday April 3: Composting Workshop 10-11:30am

Saturday April 3: Vermicompost Workshop 12-1:30pm 

Saturday May 1: Propagating succulents 10am-1:30pm

Contact us for more info!

Call (530) 878-6053 or email programs@placernaturecenter.org for more information and to schedule your visit!

We are following Placer County and California state guidelines and protocol for COVID-19. Click here to read our plan.

Click here to visit our Facebook page for more activities, experiments and videos for you to use at home!

Thank you Sierra Arbor Works for taking care of our trees!

Inimim – ponderosa pine in Nisenan. Our ponderosas were finally laid to rest last week thanks to Sierra Arbor Works (they used it as a training opportunity for this epic woman)! The trees were infested with bark beetle and have been a hazard, keeping us from taking students into the Maidu village. Now, we can rebuild the Hus (the bark homes of the Nisenan and Maidu) and tend to the native plant garden!

Ponderosa in Spanish means big and heavy. Inimim is this tree’s name in the native language of the local Nisenan people. The Maidu name for “pine tree” translates as “wind-lessening tree,” indicating that the pine was used to shelter oak trees, thus protecting the acorn harvest. Thank you Inimim for offering us such generous protection, may you decompose and be nourishment for future life!
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Check out this great video from Colfax High School!

Colfax High School Presents PNC 

PNC is an outdoor classroom located on 60 acres in the beautiful Sierra Foothills. A place where children can find their place in the natural world as they develop science literacy.   A place where people of all ages can explore their link with the out-of-doors and use the environment and our exhibits for educational growth.
A resource center for educators to learn methods and find material for teaching about natural systems.
A place for discovering our natural and cultural history and exploring how nature is linked with the arts, literature, history, and science.
A 501.c3 not-for-profit corporation inspiring stewardship of the earth through environmental education.

                      3700 Christian Valley Rd.                                     Auburn, CA  95602

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Providing Environmental Education since 1991