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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.  The museum provides a comprehensive interpretation of Native American history, the cultures of the various native tribes throughout the southern California region and an educational experience into the cultures of the Indigenous peoples of inland southern California.  Additionally, we feature displays on  the local flora and fauna of the southern California bio-region, and early Spanish explorers.  We invite you to come in a explore!  

We invite you to become involved in this important cultural resource on your next visit to Lake Perris.  You can view the park's calendar either below on this page, or here.  

Engaging School Tours are available by appointment Thursdays and Fridays.  Our standard school tours have 3 parts: Regional Indian Museum Tour,  a Native American Craft Making Activity, a Natural Sciences component, and occasionally a K-9 Unit talk.   

 

Download the School Tour Reservation Request Form Here: School Tour Program Form

Download the Onsite School Presentation Form Here: Onsite School Presentation Form

Download the School Bus Funding Request Form Here: School Bus Funding Form

Downland the Private Tours for Groups Form Here: Group Tour (Non-School) Program Form 

 

For more information on School Trips/Tours or volunteer opportunities, please contact Park Interpretive Specialist Joseph Esparza at joseph.esparza@parks.ca.gov 

 

Upcoming Events:

August 18th: Jr. Rangers-Bees

During the summer Children’s Workshops, also known as our Jr. Ranger Programs, will be hosted at the museum. These 30-60 minute programs will be hosted at 1:30 p.m. on select dates. Reservations are not necessary except for groups over 10 people. For more information, call (951) 940-5657.

Celebrate National Honey Bee Day & buzz on over to learn about the lives of honey bees. Be prepared for a sweet treat! 

August 18th: Campfire Program

As darkness descends on Lake Perris, the campground is an ideal setting for an informative and inspiring night cap. Programs may include narrated slide shows, storytelling, music, and/or games. Campfire circles and outdoor amphitheaters are wheelchair accessible. Meet at the Campfire Center located near the entrance to the campgrounds. Please park your car in either parking lot 8 or parking lot 9. Contact the Lake Perris Regional Indian Museum for more information at (951)940-5657.  The program starts at 8:00 pm.

Cost: $10 park entry per vehicle; $5 discount after 7:45pm

August 25th: Guided Hike

Get out and breathe the fresh air, enjoy the sunset, and experience Lake Perris at twilight. Join a trail guide naturalist for this easy walk. Hosted on the 4th Saturday of the month from May through August. Meet at the Hunter’s Parking Lot at the East end of the park. Bring a flashlight, closed-toe shoes, and water. Regular park entry fees of $10 per vehicle apply.  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? For scheduling, for accommodations for individuals with disabilities or for more information call (951) 940-5657.

Time: 6:45pm-8:15pm

Cost: $10 park entry per vehicle

Location: Lake Perris Hunter’s Parking lot located at the east end of the park

 

September 1st: Junior Rangers-Rattlesnakes

Join us monthly on select Saturdays at 2:30pm for an exciting Kid’s Program, also known as our Jr. Ranger Program! This 1-hour program may include crafts, narrated slide shows, storytelling, and games.  Reservations are not necessary except for groups over 10 people.  For more information, call (951) 940-5657.  Meet at the Lake Perris Museum

Many kinds of snakes live in Southern California and Lake Perris is a perfect place to find them!  Join us to learn about local rattlesnakes and discover how they survive! 

September 1st: Campfire Program-The Anza Adventure

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.  Contact the Lake Perris Regional Indian Museum for more information at (951)940-5657.  

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 7:45pm on September 1st and discounted fee of $5 for entry after 6:00pm on November 24th.    

Location: Campfire Center located near the entrance to the campgrounds.  Please park your car in parking lot 8.

 

September 15th: California Coastal Clean-Up Day

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.

Sat. Sept. 15th, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Meeting Location: Parking Lot 8 near the restrooms

Cost: Free—Park entrance is free for volunteers

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.

Additional Information: For more information, call (951) 940-5657.  Looking for more volunteer opportunities? Call the museum for more information at (951) 940-5657 or the park office at (951) 940-5600.

September 29th: Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Come out to Lake Perris to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month!  Special presenters with the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail will transport us back in time to when Captain Anza lead a group of 200 people (including families!) on a perilous 2,000-mile journey from central Mexico to San Francisco though our very own Perris Valley.  This family event will include living history demonstrations, crafts, a guided historic walk, and an opportunity to earn a junior ranger badge.  Don’t miss out when history comes alive at Lake Perris!  

Saturday, September 29th- 4:00pm-6:00pm

Meeting Location: Bernasconi Parking Lot (Off of Ramona Expressway) 

Cost: Regular park entrance fees of $10/vehicle apply.  

October 27th: Junior Rangers-Tarantulas and Spiders

Join us monthly on select Saturdays at 2:30pm for an exciting Kid’s Program, also known as our Jr. Ranger Program! This 1-hour program may include crafts, narrated slide shows, storytelling, and games.  Reservations are not necessary except for groups over 10 people.  For more information, call (951) 940-5657.

Autumn is a common time for tarantulas to be spotted on the roads and trails!  Come to learn about this amazing animal and take home a tarantula-inspired craft!  

Children need to 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.

November 10th: Guided Bird Walk

Get out and breathe the fresh air and enjoy the sights and sounds of Lake Perris!  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. 

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. Call the museum for more information at (951) 940-5657.

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

 

November 17th: Guided Hike

Get out and breathe the fresh air, enjoy the views, and experience Lake Perris’ wild side.  Join a trail guide naturalist on the third Saturday of the month for a guided nature walk.    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.  Want to schedule a walk for a group? For scheduling, for accommodations for individuals with disabilities, or for more information call (951) 940-5657.

Twilight Walk-4:00pm

Meeting Location: Hunter’s Parking Lot near the Group Camp Area at the east end of Lake Perris. 

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

 

November 24th: Junior Rangers-Owls

Join us monthly on select Saturdays at 2:30pm for an exciting Kid’s Program, also known as our Jr. Ranger Program! This 1-hour program may include crafts, narrated slide shows, storytelling, and games.  Reservations are not necessary except for groups over 10 people.  For more information, call (951) 940-5657.

Saturday, November 24th, 2018: Owls

Lake Perris is home to a variety of owl species.  Each one has fascinating behaviors and specialized adaptations for swift night hunting.  Come explore the world of owls!  

Children need to 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.

November 24th: Campfire Program-California Native Americans

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.  Contact the Lake Perris Regional Indian Museum for more information at (951)940-5657.  

Saturday, November 24th-6:30pm - 7:15pm: California Native Americans: Hunting and Gathering

Location: Campfire Center located near the entrance to the campgrounds.  Please park your car in parking lot 8.

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 7:45pm on September 1st and discounted fee of $5 for entry after 6:00pm on November 24th.    

December 1st: "Lights on the Lake" Holiday Boat Parade

You are invited to celebrate the holidays with us!  Join us for our 20th 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.  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!

Saturday, December 1st – 5:00pm

Meeting Location: Launch Ramp 6 in parking lot 6 

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 8th: Bald Eagle Count

Join us for an opportunity to catch a glimpse of our breath-taking national symbol, the Bald Eagle! Eagle Counts are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month December through March (Dec. 8, Jan 12, Feb 9, & Mar 9). The best time of year to see bald eagles in Southern California is during winter months. As a volunteer, you will join others stationed at vantage points around the lake, where you will watch for bald eagles during a 1-hour period. A couple of spotting scopes will be available. If you have binoculars or spotting scopes, please bring them. Brief orientations are conducted prior to the count so you will know where to go and what to do. No prior experience required. Bring your camera! There are some fantastic opportunities for excellent close-up photographs too. RSVP is not necessary, except for groups over ten people. Contact the museum for more information at 951-940-5657.

Date: Saturday, December 8th- 8:00am-10:30am

Meeting Location: Ya'i Heki' Regional Indian Museum at Lake Perris

Cost: Free—Park entrance is free for volunteers

December 15th: Guided Hike

Get out and breathe the fresh air, enjoy the views, and experience Lake Perris’ wild side. Join a trail guide naturalist on the third Saturday of the month for a guided nature walk. 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. Want to schedule a walk for a group? For scheduling, for accommodations for individuals with disabilities, or for more information call (951) 940-5657.

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

Meeting Location: Hunter’s Parking Lot near the Group Camp Area at the east end of Lake Perris.