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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 desert region and an educational experience into the cultures of the Indigenous peoples of inland southern California.  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, Native American Craft Making Activity, and K9 Unit Talk.  

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

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

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

 

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


Upcoming Events:

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. Discounted park entry fee of $5 per vehicle applies. 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. Join a trail guide naturalist for one of the two hiking options offered: either an easy stroll or a more moderate trek.

Meeting Location:  Meet at Hunter's Lot at 8:30am.

Cost: Discounted park entry fee of $5 per vehicle applies.

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.

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, however, if it's a light drizzle join the walk and look for our smiling faces. . Reservations are not necessary, except for groups over ten people.   Want to schedule a walk for a group?  For scheduling, and 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. Discounted park entry fee of $5 per vehicle applies. 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 at 5pm for spectators.  

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. Discounted park entry fee of $5 per vehicle applies.