Promoting a conservation ethic in people of all ages is central to our mission of Conservation in Action. Audubon Canyon Ranch offers exploration and learning opportunities for nature enthusiasts of all ages on three of its preserves: the Martin Griffin Preserve, the Bouverie Preserve and the Modini Mayacamas Preserves.

Join us on the preserves to explore seasonal changes, observe nesting birds and migrating newts, learn about native peoples' use of the land, hike past wildflower meadows and through redwood groves. Visitation is limited on all three preserves in order to ensure that human impact is kept in balance with land and habitat preservation goals.

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Biodiversity Bioblitz

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Biodiversity Bioblitz

Jul 7 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Come explore the Modini Mayacamas Preserves with other serious “nature nerds” and experts. Our goal is to add species records each season to the Biodiversity of the Modini Mayacamas on iNaturalist. Each of us tends to spot, and share enthusiasm and knowledge about, species that others rarely notice. Mark your calendar for the first Saturday of each month, join iNaturalist and our Biodiversity project, and then bring your enthusiasm, expertise, and camera.

Click here to register on Eventbrite.

$20 per person suggested donation. Contributions support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Questions? Contact ACR Education Specialist David Self by email or phone 707.431.8184 ext. 503

Links of interest for this Event:

Plant List for the Modini Mayacamas:
http://egret.org/sites/default/files/mms_plant_list_2016_10_06.pdf

Bird List for the Modini Mayacamas:
http://egret.org/sites/default/files/mms_bird_list.pdf

Biodiversity of Modini Mayacamas on iNaturalist:
http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/biodiversity-of-the-modini-mayacamas



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Preserve Open - Today's Theme: Living with Lions

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Preserve Open - Today's Theme: Living with Lions

Jul 7 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

July 7 Theme: Living with Lions
Pounce like a lion! Join our volunteer Nature Guides to learn all about our mountain lion neighbors and their role as top predators in our natural communities. We’ll share all we’re learning about them through ACR’s Living with Lions project.

OPEN SATURDAYS, May 5 - July 28, 2018
10am - 4pm

Visit Martin Griffin Preserve throughout our limited Summer Saturday Season, with Nature Guide-led walks, activities, or materials to open your eyes to our lovely preserve in a different way each week. Visitors are also welcome to hike our trails on their own, scoop up a newt at the ponds, peer at birds in Bolinas Lagoon through our scopes, enjoy a picnic under the redwoods, and more. Suggested donation $20. Check our calendar for each week's offerings: www.egret.org

  • Hike 8+ miles of trails
  • Learn from nature guides
  • View abundant plants & wildlife
  • Visit newt ponds
  • Discover natural wonders in our
  • Curiosity Room
  • Picnic under redwoods
  • Shop the nature bookstore
    Discount for members!
      

For directions to Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.



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Wildlife Camera Walk with Ginny Fifield

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Wildlife Camera Walk with Ginny Fifield

Jul 8 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Spend the morning learning about some of the wildlife that inhabits the Preserves with Ginny Fifield, Wildlilfe Camera Specialist, ACR Living With Lions team member, and Modini Mayacamas Preserves volunteer. We’ll learn about identifying field signs of mountain lions, bobcat, coyotes and more. Based on what we find, we'll guess what we might see on two wildlife cameras, then we'll check to see if the field signs match the pictures! Total hike is about 3 miles.

Click here to see past footage from the wildlife cameras.

Pre-registration is required. Limited to 11 participants. Click here to register on Eventbrite.

$20 per person suggested donation. Contributions support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Cancellation policy: If this event is cancelled by ACR due to heavy rain, high winds or any other reason, we will notify you by email by 8:00 p.m. the night before. Light rain does not cancel.

Questions? Email ACR Education Specialist David Self or 707.431.8184 ext. 503

The Modini Mayacamas Preserves This private nature sanctuary, owned and managed by Audubon Canyon Ranch, has a range of different public access opportunities. Pine Flat Road, a public county road with pullouts, meanders through the preserve, allowing visitors to enjoy the views and birdwatching from roadside pullouts anytime without appointment. Please drive very cautiously, this is a one lane winding road with very limited sight lines. 



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Access Orientation & Nature Walk

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Access Orientation & Nature Walk

Jul 14 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join us for an introduction to the Modini Mayacamas Preserves. Visit several trailheads for an overview of the Preserves and ACR's rules for access. When you complete and sign the paperwork, you'll be given a trail guide and permit for independent exploration and hiking. Afterwards, you can join Dave Self, ACR Education Specialist, for a 2-3 mile nature walk or head off on your own.

Click here to register on Eventbrite.

$20 per person suggested donation. Contributions support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Questions? Contact ACR Education Specialist David Self or 707.431.8184 ext. 503

The Modini Mayacamas Preserves This private nature sanctuary, owned and managed by Audubon Canyon Ranch, has a range of different public access opportunities. Pine Flat Road, a public county road with pullouts, meanders through the preserve, allowing visitors to enjoy the views and birdwatching from roadside pullouts anytime without appointment. Please drive very cautiously, this is a one lane winding road with very limited sight lines. 



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Preserve Open - Today's Theme: Nature Journaling

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Preserve Open - Today's Theme: Nature Journaling

Jul 14 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

July 14: Nature Journaling
Pull out the pencils! Come join our volunteer Nature Guides to feed our curiosity and expand our observations through sketching, coloring, and taking notes. Materials are provided.

OPEN SATURDAYS, May 5 - July 28, 2018 10am - 4pm

Visit Martin Griffin Preserve throughout our limited Summer Saturday Season, with Nature Guide-led walks, activities, or materials to open your eyes to our lovely preserve in a different way each week. Visitors are also welcome to hike our trails on their own, scoop up a newt at the ponds, peer at birds in Bolinas Lagoon through our scopes, enjoy a picnic under the redwoods, and more. Suggested donation $20. Check our calendar for each week's offerings: www.egret.org

  • Hike 8+ miles of trails
  • Learn from nature guides
  • View abundant plants & wildlife
  • Visit newt ponds
  • Discover natural wonders in our Curiosity Room
  • Picnic under redwoods
  • Shop the nature bookstore
    Discount for members!
      

For directions to Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.



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Wildflower Photography Friday

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Wildflower Photography Friday

Jul 20 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join other wildflower photographers (amateur and professional) on a meandering monthly excursion around the Modini Mayacamas to document wildflowers of the season. After our field time, each of us will add a few of our best images to an album that Friends of the Modini Mayacamas and ACR will use on the web (with credits and a link to your web galleries).

Click here to register on Eventbrite

$20 per person suggested donation. Contributions support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Questions? Contact ACR Education Specialist David Self or 707.431.8184 ext. 503



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Dragonflies with Sandra Hunt-von Arb

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Dragonflies with Sandra Hunt-von Arb

Jul 21 2018 - 8:30am to 1:30pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Learn about the diversity and ecology of dragonflies and damselflies at 4 or 5 stops that contain summer water (perennial creek, seep in grassland, seep in woodland, deep pool in a seasonal creek, and a seep in chaparral). We hope to get close-up (in hand) views of these exquisite creatures with Sandra Hunt-von Arb, dragonfly enthusiast and senior biologist with Pacific Northwestern Biological.

$20 per person suggested donation. Contributions support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Click here to register on Eventbrite

Sandra Hunt von-Arb has been a wildlife biologist in Northern California specializing in sensitive and endangered species since the mid 1990’s. More recently she has found her true passion, dragonflies and damselflies, aka odonates. Sandra surveys for the Endangered Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly in Illinois. She started and manages the Facebook page Western Odonata, participates in CalOdes for reporting dragonfly sightings, is an Odonata Central vetter for odonate records in California, participates and helps to organize annual CalOdes Dragonfly Blitzes. She has also presented and/or led field trips on dragonflies for Godwit Days Bird Festival, Redwood Region Audubon Society, Plumas Audubon Society, Point Reyes Field Institute, and Redwood Parks Association & Tolowa Dunes Stewards, among others.

Questions? Contact ACR Education Specialist David Self or 707.431.8184 ext. 503



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Preserve Open - Today's Theme: Mindfulness in Nature

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Preserve Open - Today's Theme: Mindfulness in Nature

Jul 21 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

July 21 Theme: Mindfulness in Nature
Take some time out in nature to reboot! Breathe, reflect, and move your body in the peacefulness of nature, led by our volunteer Nature Guides.

OPEN SATURDAYS, May 5 - July 28, 2018 10am - 4pm

Visit Martin Griffin Preserve throughout our limited Summer Saturday Season, with Nature Guide-led walks, activities, or materials to open your eyes to our lovely preserve in a different way each week. Visitors are also welcome to hike our trails on their own, scoop up a newt at the ponds, peer at birds in Bolinas Lagoon through our scopes, enjoy a picnic under the redwoods, and more. Suggested donation $20. Check our calendar for each week's offerings: www.egret.org

  • Hike 8+ miles of trails
  • Learn from nature guides
  • View abundant plants & wildlife
  • Visit newt ponds
  • Discover natural wonders in our Curiosity Room
  • Picnic under redwoods
  • Shop the nature bookstore
    Discount for members!
      

For directions to Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.



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Docent Orientation / Recruitment Hike

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Docent Orientation / Recruitment Hike

Jul 21 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

An ACR docent is someone with an abiding love of nature and a desire to share that appreciation & enthusiasm with children aged 9-11. Over the course of 23 Wednesdays beginning in September, docents receive exceptional coursework in the natural history of Northern California’s diverse ecosystems as well as training in the dynamics of working with children in these natural settings.

Join us for an orientation program beginning with a brief overview of the training program and ending with an hour-long hike on the trail. Seasoned Martin Griffin Preserve docents will lead the hikes and be available to answer questions.

Training begins in September.

SIGN UP TODAY!

Can't make this date? Choose from all dates this spring and summer:
May 12, May 30, June 23, July 21, August 1, August 18

Bring a friend!

Questions? Call ACR headquarters at 415.868.9244 ext 110



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Sunrise with Sunflowers

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Sunrise with Sunflowers

Jul 27 2018 - 5:30am to 10:30am
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join ACR Education Specialist Dave Self on this sunrise excursion to visit several spectacular patches of serpentine sunflowers as they open to face the early morning sun. Several other sweet summer wildflowers will be out too as we explore the ridgeline separating the watersheds of Sausal Creek and Little Sulphur Creek.

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For more information contact Dave Self by email or phone at 707.433.8184 ext. 503



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Fire, Flowers, Forage & People in Shaping of the Modini Mayacamas

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Fire, Flowers, Forage & People in Shaping of the Modini Mayacamas

Jul 28 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Learn about fire in the geologic past; plant adaptations to fire, smoke and ash; use of fire as a tool employed by Native cultures in the management of useful plants and habitats, the effects of historic over-grazing on fuel structure and fire recovery; historic fires in the area; intentional burning in the mid-1900’s; and the future of fire - and ACR’s Fire Forward – as we learn to live in and with flammable landscapes of Sonoma County. Join ACR Education Specialist Dave Self as we look for evidence of fire and it’s effects on the landscape.

Click here to register for this event.

Questions? Contact ACR Education Specialist David Self by email or by phone 707.431.8184 ext. 503.



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Preserve Open - Today's Theme: Herpetology Day

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Preserve Open - Today's Theme: Herpetology Day

Jul 28 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

July 28 Theme: Herpetology Day
Want to hold a newt? Why is her belly orange? Did you see that Western fence lizard do some push-ups? Explore the fascinating lives of reptiles and amphibians with our volunteer Nature Guides!

OPEN SATURDAYS, May 5 - July 28, 2018 10am - 4pm

Visit Martin Griffin Preserve throughout our limited Summer Saturday Season, with Nature Guide-led walks, activities, or materials to open your eyes to our lovely preserve in a different way each week. Visitors are also welcome to hike our trails on their own, scoop up a newt at the ponds, peer at birds in Bolinas Lagoon through our scopes, enjoy a picnic under the redwoods, and more. Suggested donation $20. Check our calendar for each week's offerings: www.egret.org

  • Hike 8+ miles of trails
  • Learn from nature guides
  • View abundant plants & wildlife
  • Visit newt ponds
  • Discover natural wonders in our Curiosity Room
  • Picnic under redwoods
  • Shop the nature bookstore
    Discount for members!
      

For directions to Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.



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