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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:

June 16th: Star Gazing

Take a vacation to the planets as you join us for a special presentation by the Astronomy Man from 8:15-9:00pm. Then peer into the night sky and find your favorite star from 9:00-10:30pm.   Join the local astronomers at Lake Perris as we look through telescopes and see the planets and stars miles away. Feel free to bring your own telescope. Contact the Lake Perris Regional Indian Museum for more information at (951)940-5657.

Location: Lake Perris Outdoor Amphitheater located near the Horse Camp entrance

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

June 23rd: 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: 7:15pm-8:45pm

Cost: $10 park entry per vehicle

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

 

June 28th: Adult Scoot and Stroll

Meeting Location: Parking Lot 11-12

Time: 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Cost: The Guided stroll is free;  A discounted park entrance fee of $5 applies.

Take a leisurely stroll or ride your scooter on a paved trail. A trail guide will lead the first mile of the walk. Enjoy the option of continuing on a dirt trail for up to 5 miles on your own.

Wheelchairs: Yes

Dogs: Yes. Dogs must be on a 6 ft. leash and controlled by owner at all times.

Recommendations: Wear closed-toe shoes and a hat.

*** Bring water ***

June 30th: Campfire Program

Location: Lake Perris campfire center located near the campground entrance

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

July 1st: Jr. Ranger Program-Food Chain

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.

What do the insects, mice, and owls eat to grow and survive? Join us to learn more and make a craft.

July 1st: Campfire Program

Location: Lake Perris campfire center located near the campground entrance

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 

July 7th: Campfire Program

Location: Lake Perris campfire center located near the campground entrance

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

July 14th: Jr. Rangers-Hunter's and Gatherers

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.

Step outside with us to sharpen your hunting and gathering skills!

July 14th: Star Gazing & Astronomy Talk

Moon Madness & Other Myths

Time: 8:15 - 10:15 pm

Meeting Location: Lake Perris Outdoor Amphitheater located near the Horse Camp Entrance

Cost:$10 park entry per vehicle; $5 discount after 7:45 p.m.

Take a vacation to the planets and beyond as you join us for a special presentation by the Astronomy Man from 8:15-9:00 p.m. Join the local astronomers at Lake Perris as we look through telescopes and see the planets and stars lightyears away. Feel free to bring your own telescope.

 

July 21: 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

July 26th: Adult Scoot and Stroll

Meeting Location: Parking Lot 11-12

Time: 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Cost: The Guided stroll is free;  A discounted park entrance fee of $5 applies.

Take a leisurely stroll or ride your scooter on a paved trail. A trail guide will lead the first mile of the walk. Enjoy the option of continuing on a dirt trail for up to 5 miles on your own.

Wheelchairs: Yes

Dogs: Yes. Dogs must be on a 6 ft. leash and controlled by owner at all times.

Recommendations: Wear closed-toe shoes and a hat.

*** Bring water ***

 

July 28th: 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: 7:15-8:45pm

Cost: $10 park entry per vehicle

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

 

August 4th: 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.

Location: Lake Perris campfire center located near the campground entrance

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

August 11th: Jr. Ranger-Fossils

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.

Become a paleontologist for the day! Join us to unearth fossils and take home your discoveries.

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