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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Documenting Wildlife on the Mayacamas

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Documenting Wildlife on the Mayacamas

Sep 3 2017 - 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 Mountain Lion Project Team, 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 15 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 Resource Ecologist 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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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

Sep 4 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

Bouverie Stewards work intimately with the land throughout the year at the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen. This dedicated crew assists with all sorts of habitat protection and restoration work, while learning about the ecology behind the project. The team meets most weeks on Monday from 8:30am to Noon. For more information, email ACR Resource Ecologist Jen Potts or call 707.938.4554 ext. 305.

Click here for directions to Bouverie Preserve.



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Docent Training

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Docent Training

Sep 6 2017 - 9:30am to 2:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

Open a child's mind to the wonder of nature by becoming a docent at ACR's Bouverie Preserve.

Bouverie Preserve Docents teach 3rd and 4th graders about the natural history of the Sonoma Valley and inspire the next generation of nature enthusiasts while spending time in nature. Docents teach students about native plants, spider web-building habits, newt migration, native peoples and so much more. The next Bouverie Preserve Docent training will begin in September of 2017.

ACR’s rigorous training program gives docent volunteers a firm grounding in local natural history and the ability to recognize and capitalize on teachable moments. Docents receive 22 weeks (120 hours) of core training in natural history, ecology and nature interpretation for children. Classes are taught by experts and run by experienced docents who know how to make learning fun. 

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Questions? Call ACR headquarters at 415.868.9244



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Access Orientation & Nature Walk

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Access Orientation & Nature Walk

Sep 8 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
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 Resource Ecologist, 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 Resource Ecologist 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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Twilight Hike

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Twilight Hike

Sep 8 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience the beauty and rich natural history of this 535-acre preserve as dusk arrives and the animals start to appear. Our twilight hikes are on select Fridays throughout spring and fall. Participants are divided into small groups and paired with a trained Bouverie volunteer to explore the mixed evergreen forest, flower-carpeted oak woodland and rugged chaparral. Hikes range from two to five miles.

Visitors of all ages are welcome. In order to attend a Guided Nature Walk or Twilight Hike, minors (those under the age of 18) MUST be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Tickets: $20 non-member / $15 member or student / FREE for children under age 18. Fees support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. Learn more about membership.

Call Bouverie Preserve at 707.938.4554 ext. 110 with questions.



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History and Habitat in Pine Flat

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History and Habitat in Pine Flat

Sep 9 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join ACR Education Specialist Dave Self to learn about the rich history of Pine Flat and human influences on the landscape. We will discuss Wappo uses and the early Fur Trade, ranching and the Mercury Boom and Bust of the 1870’s, as well as recent protection. You’ll also learn a bit about current research and management of the Modini Mayacamas Preserves. For a pdf with links to the History of Pine Flat and other resources, click here.

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



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Guided Nature Walk

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Guided Nature Walk

Sep 9 2017 - 9:30am to 1:30pm
Bouverie Preserve

Experience the beauty and rich natural history of this 535-acre preserve. Our half-day guided nature walks are on Saturdays throughout fall and spring. Participants are divided into small groups and paired with a trained Bouverie volunteer to explore the mixed evergreen forest, flower-carpeted oak woodland and rugged chaparral. Guided Nature Walks begin at 9:30am and end at 1:30pm and range from two to five miles.

Visitors of all ages are welcome. In order to attend a Guided Nature Walk or Twilight Hike, minors (those under the age of 18) MUST be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Tickets: $20 non-member / $15 ACR member/student. Free for children under 18. Fees support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. Learn more about becoming a member >

Questions? Call ACR headquarters at 415.868.9244 ext. 110



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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

Sep 11 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

Bouverie Stewards work intimately with the land throughout the year at the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen. This dedicated crew assists with all sorts of habitat protection and restoration work, while learning about the ecology behind the project. The team meets most weeks on Monday from 8:30am to Noon. For more information, email ACR Resource Ecologist Jen Potts or call 707.938.4554 ext. 305.

Click here for directions to Bouverie Preserve.



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Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards

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Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards

Sep 14 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

The Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards provide essential hands-on assistance to our land management team, including trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, native plant propagation, and other special projects. Come learn more about the Preserves by getting your hands dirty! We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of most months from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

To learn more about our stewardship program or the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards, contact ACR Resource Ecologist Julianne Bradbury by email or by phone at 707.433.1217.



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Annual ACR Appreciation Picnic

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Annual ACR Appreciation Picnic

Sep 16 2017 - 11:30am to 2:30pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

ACR invites donors of $250+ and active volunteers to the Martin Griffin Preserve so we can thank you for your support of ACR programs...

Your seat at the table awaits!

Saturday, September 16, 2017
11:30 am to 2:30 pm

By Invitation Only
RSVP required by September 8th

Receive an invitation and able to attend? RSVP here

Not a Sponsor-level member or supporter? Become a member today and join us for the Appreciation Picnic in September!



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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

Sep 18 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

Bouverie Stewards work intimately with the land throughout the year at the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen. This dedicated crew assists with all sorts of habitat protection and restoration work, while learning about the ecology behind the project. The team meets most weeks on Monday from 8:30am to Noon. For more information, email ACR Resource Ecologist Jen Potts or call 707.938.4554 ext. 305.

Click here for directions to Bouverie Preserve.



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Egret Telemetry and Waterbird Research Update

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Egret Telemetry and Waterbird Research Update

Sep 18 2017 - 7:00pm
Madrone Audubon Society

Come to the Madrone Audubon Society 'Guest Speaker' series for a look at ACR's exciting work tracking Great Egrets utilizing GPS tags. Speaker John Kelly, ACR’s Director of Conservation Science, will also provide supplemental updates and results from ACR's winter waterbird research on Tomales Bay. 

To learn more about ACR's conservation science work, click here.

WHERE: Madrone Audubon Society meets at the First United Methodist Church, 1551 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa.

Madrone Audubon Society's monthly meeting begins at 7:00 PM and the public is invited to these free programs.

www.madroneaudubon.org



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Nature Photography Friday

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Nature Photography Friday

Sep 22 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

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

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$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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Fire on the Mountain

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Fire on the Mountain

Sep 23 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join ACR Education Specialist Dave Self as we look for evidence of fire and its effects on the landscape. You’ll learn about fire in the geologic past and the use of fire as a tool employed by Native cultures in the management of useful plants and habitats. We will also discuss historic fires, intentional burning in the mid-1900’s, and the future of fire, including ACR’s Fire Ecology Program, as we learn to live within the flammable landscapes of Sonoma County.

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



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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

Sep 25 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

Bouverie Stewards work intimately with the land throughout the year at the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen. This dedicated crew assists with all sorts of habitat protection and restoration work, while learning about the ecology behind the project. The team meets most weeks on Monday from 8:30am to Noon. For more information, email ACR Resource Ecologist Jen Potts or call 707.938.4554 ext. 305.

Click here for directions to Bouverie Preserve.



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Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards

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Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards

Sep 28 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

The Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards provide essential hands-on assistance to our land management team, including trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, native plant propagation, and other special projects. Come learn more about the Preserves by getting your hands dirty! We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of most months from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

To learn more about our stewardship program or the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards, contact ACR Resource Ecologist Julianne Bradbury by email or by phone at 707.433.1217.



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Native Uses and Management of Plants and Habitats

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Native Uses and Management of Plants and Habitats

Sep 30 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join ACR Education Specialist Dave Self for an introduction to some of the useful plants of the season. You’ll also learn how our landscapes were shaped by reciprocal relationships between the Wappo and local plants and habitats. One important interaction was intentional burning, which generated wildflower crops and lush browse for deer and other wildlife. We’ll also talk about ACR’s Mountain Lion Project and Fire Ecology Program.

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



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