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.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

All day
Before 1am
Nature Photography * Cancelled *

Audubon Canyon Ranch Event Calendar

Nature Photography * Cancelled *

Feb 16 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Modini Preserve

This event has been cancelled - we apologize for any inconvenience.

Join this photo expedition along Pine Flat Road with ecologist, photographer and ACR Education Specialist Dave Self. With several stops along the road and on a few short walks, we’ll search for beautiful, evocative or interesting scenes or details (clouds, distant mountains, reflections in the creek, mosses up close, raindrops on a leaf).

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!


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Modini Preserve
POSTPONED: Fire Fighter 2 Training

Audubon Canyon Ranch Event Calendar

POSTPONED: Fire Fighter 2 Training

Feb 16 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Wildland Fire Fighter 2 Training (FF2 NWCG) for Prescribed Fire Practitioners


To register, please email Jared Childress at

Participants will spend two days in class and in the field on review and hands-on instruction concerning the basics of wildland fire fighting and prescribed burning. We will build hand-line, do hose-lays, familiarize ourselves with a fire engine, and generally come away with a sense of the basics of wildland fire. The certificate will enable participants to engage in Rx burning with the Good Fire Alliance, some CAL FIRE burns and is a nationally recognized certificate. Online coursework is required prior to attending the field course, see details below.

TRAINING FACILITATOR: Phil Dye, Prometheus Fire Consulting, specializes in prescribed fire burn planning and implementation. Phil assists agencies and landowners with fuels management activities with an emphasis on prescribed burning where appropriate. In addition, Phil provides training and education for fire agency personnel across the country. ACR's Fire Forward staff will assist.

ONLINE PRE-COURSEWORK REQUIRED: ALL participants will need to complete the online portion of the training before arrival at the field course. The online course takes approx 30-40 hrs to complete. It is recommended to set aside several dedicated sessions. Print completion records for each section and bring with you to the field training. Without the online coursework complete PRIOR TO THE FIELD TRAINNG, registrants will not be able to attend the field training or receive Fire Fighter 2 certificate. Workshop fees will not be refunded for failure to complete the online portion.

Complete these five online sections and print the completion record for each:

Pack Test: The Fire Fighter 2 certification requires an “arduous pack test,” which is a 3-mile walk with a 45-lbs pack in under 45 minutes, on flat ground. If you think you could do a fast walk with a full camping back pack for 45 minutes, then you can do it! Many like to wear running shoes for this. Feel free to inquire more about this.

Food and lodging provided.
Food Allergies/restrictions:
Please email if you have food allergies or restrictions. We will have vegan, veggie, carnivore options.

Housing: is in co-ed bunkhouse. Tent camping optional. Those not wishing to stay Sat night, please let us know, so we have a count. We will be having a group hang out, dinner, fire pit on Sat night.
Gear: All participants should bring a warm sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, head lamp, snacks, water bottle and work/ hiking boots and comfortable work clothes. Bring layers. Those camping will need to bring a tent and sleeping pad in addition.

Fee: $120.00 (Scholarships available).

Parking will be in an unsecured lot on Hwy 1 (Look for signs next to the Volunteer Canyon gate). Do not leave any valuables in your vehivle. Carpooling is greatly appreciated.

For more information email ACR Prescribed Fire Specialist Jared Childress




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Martin Griffin Preserve