The American River Natural History Association (ARNHA) operates the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in an urban park in the Sacramento area. The main center building has remained mostly unchanged since opening in 1976, and the exhibits had become dated as well. The ARNHA Board wanted outside expertise to address a key question: How could they best apply their limited resources to improve the nature center’s physical components, and in ways that met the needs of their users and supported their mission?
In answering this question, I:
- Conducted surveys, interviews, and discreet observation to assess the needs and desires of the site’s visitors, staff, and volunteers.
- Provided recommendations about how the building might be renovated on its existing footprint to function better.
- Developed an interpretive plan for new exhibits.