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Ya'i Heki' Regional Indian Museum

Museum

Ya'i Heki' (pronounced yahee ehkey) is translated from the Cahuilla language meaning "Home of the Wind". This museum is one of a series of regional museums funded by the State of California.

The museum is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  School Tours are available by appointment Wednesdays through Fridays.  Our standard school tours have 3 parts: Regional Indian Museum Tour, Native American Craft Making Activity, and K9 Unit Talk and Bite Demonstration.

The museum provides a comprehensive interpretation of Native American history, the cultures of the various native tribes throughout the southern California desert region and an educational experience into the cultures of the Indigenous peoples of the southern California deserts. 

We invite you to become involved in this important cultural resource on your next visit to Lake Perris.

For more information regarding school group tours or volunteer opportunities please contact Kimberly Seltmann at the Museum office (951) 940-5657. 

 


Upcoming Events:

August 26th: Hunters and Gatherers Kid's Workshop

Step outside with us to sharpen you hunting and gathering skills! During the summer, Jr. Ranger programs will be hosted at the museum. Each week will be a new topic. These 30-45 minute programs are hosted at 10:30am and 1:30pm on Saturdays. Reservations are not necessary except for groups over 10 people.

September 2nd: Hispanic Heritage Month Kid's Workshop

Join us the 1st Saturday of each month at 1:30pm for an exciting Kid’s Program, also known as our Jr. Ranger Program! This 1- hour program may include crafts, narrated slide shows, storytelling, music, and games. Reservations are not necessary except for groups over 10 people.

Regular park entry fees of $10 per vehicle apply. All craft activities and museum entrance are free of charge.

September 2nd: Campfire Program

Campfire Center located near the entrance to the campgrounds. Program Starts at 8:15pm.  Please park your car in either parking lot 8 or parking lot 9. Cost: Event is free. Regular park entry fees of $10 per vehicle apply. A discounted park entry fee of $5 per vehicle applies for entry into the park after 8pm. As darkness descends on Lake Perris, the Campfire Center is an ideal setting for an informative and inspiring night cap. Programs may include narrated slide shows, storytelling, music, and/or games. Campfire Center and outdoor amphitheaters are wheelchair accessible.

September 3rd: Guided Twilight Hike

Get out and breathe the fresh air, enjoy the views, and experience Lake Perris’ wild side. Join a trail guide naturalist for one of the two hiking options offered: either an easy stroll or a more moderate trek. Bring water, closed-toe shoes, and a flashlight (for twilight walks). Rainstorm cancels the walk, however, if it's a light drizzle join the walk and look for our smiling faces. Reservations are not necessary except for groups over 10 people. 

September 9th: Guided Twilight Hike

Get out and breathe the fresh air, enjoy the views, and experience Lake Perris’ wild side. Join a trail guide naturalist for one of the two hiking options offered: either an easy stroll or a more moderate trek. Bring water, closed-toe shoes, and a flashlight (for twilight walks). Rainstorm cancels the walk, however, if it's a light drizzle join the walk and look for our smiling faces. Reservations are not necessary except for groups over 10 people.

September 16th: California Coastal Clean-Up

We need your help! Our local wildlife get injured from trash like fishing lines left lying on the beach. With the summer season ending, we want to clean up and prepare for the new seasons ahead. California Coastal Cleanup Day is the state's largest volunteer event! Join State Park staff for this guided clean up event. Meeting Location: Parking Lot 8 Difficulty: Easy Trail Type: You can choose the paths you would like to take. Within the area there are paved trails, dirt paths, and loose sand. Strollers: Strollers should be fine on the paved paths. Dogs: Yes on paved paths only. Please remember, dogs are not permitted on the sandy beach areas and must be controlled by owner on a maximum 6ft. leash at all times. Recommendations: Wear closed-toe shoes, work gloves, a hat, and sunscreen and bring water.  Time: 8am-11am. 

September 16th: Campfire Program

Campfire Center located near the entrance to the campgrounds. Program Starts at 8:15pm.  Please park your car in either parking lot 8 or parking lot 9. Cost: Event is free. Regular park entry fees of $10 per vehicle apply. A discounted park entry fee of $5 per vehicle applies for entry into the park after 8pm. As darkness descends on Lake Perris, the Campfire Center is an ideal setting for an informative and inspiring night cap. Programs may include narrated slide shows, storytelling, music, and/or games. Campfire Center and outdoor amphitheaters are wheelchair accessible.

September 30th: "We Are Birds" Film Screening and Discussion

Program starts at 2pm.  After the "We are Birds" screening, filmmaker Albert Chacon will talk about Native Empowerment and Cultural Preservation through Filmmaking and other Creative Projects. Q&A will be welcome!

October 7th: California Archaeology Month Kid's Workshop

Join us the 1st Saturday of each month at 1:30pm for an exciting Kid’s Program, also known as our Jr. Ranger Program! This 1- hour program may include crafts, narrated slide shows, storytelling, music, and games. Reservations are not necessary except for groups over 10 people. For more information, call (951) 940-5657.  Children must be supervised by a parent or other adult at all times. Activities are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Regular park entry fees of $10 per vehicle apply. All craft activities and museum entrance are free of charge.

October 14th: Clean-Up Day

Meeting Location: Parking Lot 8 near the restrooms

Cost: Free—Park entrance is free for volunteers We need your help! Our local wildlife get injured from trash like fishing lines left lying on the beach. With the summer season ending, we want to clean up and prepare for the new seasons ahead. California Coastal Cleanup Day is the state's largest volunteer event! Join State Park staff for this guided clean up event.

Difficulty: Easy

Trail Type: You can choose the paths you would like to take. Within the area there are paved trails, dirt paths, and loose sand.

Strollers: Strollers should be fine on the paved paths. Dogs: Yes on paved paths only. Please remember, dogs are not permitted on the sandy beach areas and must be controlled by owner on a maximum 6ft. leash at all times.

Recommendations: Wear closed-toe shoes, work gloves, a hat, and sunscreen and bring water.

October 14th: Guided Bird Walk

Join Lake Perris birders for a guided bird walk along the shore of Lake Perris. This area should be alive with shore birds and some migratory species. Meet at Lots 11 and 12.

Difficulty: Easy

Trail Type: Combination of a paved trail, dirt paths, and hard packed sand.

Strollers: Strollers should be fine on the trail. You are welcome to start the walk and go as far as you feel comfortable.

Dogs: No, as they have the potential to scare off the birds.

Recommendations: Bring binoculars and/or a field guide, if you have them. We have extra binoculars in case you need to borrow a pair. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring a bottle of water. A hat and sunscreen are also recommended. Additional Information: Rainstorm cancels the walk. Reservations are not necessary, except for groups over ten people.

October 15th: Guided Bike Ride

Put the petal to the metal as we explore Lake Perris on bicycle! These park naturalist led rides feature easy, flat, paved bike paths, with frequent stops for educational discoveries along the way. Bring the whole family, as long as they can ride a bike. Helmets required for all to participate.

Meeting Location: Sail Cove Parking Lot near the restrooms at 4:30pm.  

Cost: Event is Free. Regular park entry fees of $10 per vehicle apply.  Meet at Sail Cove parking lot for a relaxing Sunday afternoon ride along the shores of Lake Perris!

November 4th: Native American Heritage Month Workshop

Join us the 1st Saturday of each month at 1:30pm for an exciting Kid’s Program, also known as our Jr. Ranger Program! This 1- hour program may include crafts, narrated slide shows, storytelling, music, and games. Reservations are not necessary except for groups over 10 people. For more information, call (951) 940-5657. Children must be supervised by a parent or other adult at all times. Activities are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Regular park entry fees of $10 per vehicle apply. All craft activities and museum entrance are free of charge.

December 2nd: Guided Morning Walk

Get out and breathe the fresh air, enjoy the views, and experience Lake Perris’ wild side. Bring water and closed-toe shoes.  Rainstorm cancels the walk, however, if it's a light drizzle join the walk and look for our smiling faces. Reservations are not necessary except for groups over 10 people. Want to schedule a walk for a group?  Meet at Hunter's Lot at 8:30am. For scheduling, for accommodations for individuals with disabilities or for more information call (951) 940-5657.  

December 2nd: Wildlife at Lake Perris Kid's Workshop

Join us the 1st Saturday of each month at 1:30pm for an exciting Kid’s Program, also known as our Jr. Ranger Program! This 1- hour program may include crafts, narrated slide shows, storytelling, music, and games. Reservations are not necessary except for groups over 10 people.  Children must be supervised by a parent or other adult at all times. Activities are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Regular park entry fees of $10 per vehicle apply. All craft activities and museum entrance are free of charge.

December 9th: "Lights on the Lake" Holiday Boat Parade

Meeting Location: Launch Ramp 6 in parking lot 6 Cost: Discounted $5 entrance fee. Help spread holiday cheer and bring an unopened toy to donate to local charities. You are invited to celebrate the holidays with us! Join us for our 19th Annual “Lights on the Lake” Holiday Boat Parade. The event will be held at Lake Perris Launch Ramp 6 and will begin at 5:00 pm (contestants must be on the water by 4:30 pm). Show some holiday spirit by participating and entering your vessel to compete against others for great prizes—all contestants receive free admission to the event. Boat categories include Personal Watercraft, Kayak, Bass Boat, Power Boat <20 ft. and Power Boat >20ft. Free admission for all contestants. There will be a DJ, food and beverages, coloring contests for the kids, and Santa Claus will take time out of his busy schedule to visit the lake and take requests! Pre-registration is highly recommended. To enter your vessel or for further information contact Ken Gordon at (951) 940-5647 or email kenneth.gordon@parks.ca.gov

December 10th: Guided Bike Ride

Put the petal to the metal as we explore Lake Perris on bicycle! These park naturalist led rides feature easy, flat, paved bike paths, with frequent stops for educational discoveries along the way. Bring the whole family, as long as they can ride a bike. Helmets required for all to participate. Meet at Sail Cove parking lot for a relaxing Sunday afternoon ride along the shores of Lake Perris!

Meeting Location: Sail Cove Parking Lot near the restrooms.  Meet at 2:00pm.  

Cost: Event is Free. Regular park entry fees of $10 per vehicle apply.