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Launched in late summer, the contest resulted in more than two dozen essays submitted in child, youth and adult categories from writers as far flung as La Canada, Michigan and Copenhagen. Writers were asked to explore the connection between environmental conservation, science and nature, food and drink, and the cultures surrounding them. Many wrote about COVID-19, their gardens, and the wildfires. Read the winning essays >
 
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of our nature education program, we’re collecting stories from you—teachers, docents, parents, and former student participants. Please take a moment to share your experiences, memories, photos, and take-aways in our brief 10-minute survey.
 
Discover how Sonoma County's Good Fire Alliance is developing and implementing controlled burns on private properties to increase the pace and scale of wildfire prevention efforts.
 
Wow! Way to double down for the cause, ACR community! Through June and July, we received almost 200 gifts to support ACR's Martin Griffin Preserve and over 100 birthday wishes to forward to Marty! Thank you, Marty fans! We made him the sweetest scrapbook with your sentiments. Read the messages...
 
ACR's 5th Annual Conservation Science Initiative—a five-day platform for young women to learn from ACR’s conservation staff and peer mentors—drew participants from across the country interested in exploring the multi-dimensional relationships that are present in conservation science and in the lives of those that practice it.
 
Since the “Shelter in Place” order went into effect, and the school program hikes at ACR preserves were put on hold, education programs manager Jacqueline Levy has been exploring other ways to help Sonoma County youngsters connect with nature.
 

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