Placer Nature Center

  • CA

About Us

Organized by community volunteers in 1991 on a beautiful woodland site near Auburn, Placer Nature Center presents environmental-based education programs for all ages.

The education we provide at Placer Nature Center focuses on using the environment to engage students in science learning through: awareness and sensitivity to the total environment and its problems; experience in and understanding of the environment; establishing a sense of connection to the immediate environment and the student so that they understand that the nature of our lives and our environment are inseparable.

Besides over 25 different science-based nature programs delivered to school groups both on and off-site, Placer Nature Center also delivers the following programs every year:

Summer Camp - Where children from 6-14 years play games, sing, create art and do nature investigations in multiple week-long sessions.

1st Friday Lecture Series – This lecture series focuses on hot and timely topics based on the latest discoveries in science, from agriculture to insects to the ecosystem; even UFOs!

Adventures in Nature – Monthly event for families with varied topics. In January the focus will be a GPS Hunt & Find, open to all, something for beginners and immediate geocachers! Spring will bring a fantastic series of workshops provided together with the Master Gardeners of Placer County. In March, meet a mountain lion!

Programs in conjunction with First 5 Placer which focus on the development of children’s brains from 0-5 years include:

Our Day Outside – In this free class, families with young children learn skills and new techniques to explore nature.

PCOE Workshops – Free workshop for teachers and childcare givers that teaches ways to incorporate nature play into the curriculum and daily activities.

Foothill Discovery – A free class that is delivered on school grounds for preschoolers in Headstart programs throughout Placer County.

For more information contact us at (530) 878-6053 or visit