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, April 27, 2019

All day
Before 1am
Nature Guide Training

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Nature Guide Training

Apr 27 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

ACR Nature Guides interpret the natural environment of Martin Griffin Preserve and its many unique natural features for weekend visitors. 

Our next nature guide training will occur over nine Saturdays beginning March 9, 2019. Learn about birds, plants, aquatic critters, Bolinas Lagoon ecology and more! Training includes techniques for interpreting natural history and leading guided nature walks.

ACR’s Nature Guide program is an ideal opportunity for working professionals and college students to spend time in nature and gain hands-on field experience. Volunteer times are on weekends and holidays and are flexible.

Sign up by email or by calling 415.868.9244 ext. 122.

Saturdays, March 9 – May 4, 2019



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Wildflower Tour on the Modini Mayacamas *Cancelled*

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Wildflower Tour on the Modini Mayacamas *Cancelled*

Apr 27 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Modini Preserve

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

The Modini Mayacamas area is one of the wildflower hotspots in Sonoma County. We'll stop at several wildflower patches along Pine Flat Road, and then we’ll hike (2-3 miles total) to a few other wildflower spots on the Preserves that will also include some great views. You'll also learn about the ecology of the wildflowers, their pollinators, and their uses by wildlife and people. A different set of wildflowers blooms each month, so join us for several of these wildflower adventures.

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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!

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.

Bring: Lunch and water.

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Fire Fighter 2 Training

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Fire Fighter 2 Training

Apr 27 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Wildland Fire Fighter 2 Training for Prescribed Fire Practitioners

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 and is a recognized certificate by the CA Office of the State Fire Marshal. 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 COURSE PREREQUISITE: ALL participants need to complete the online portion of the training before arrival at the field course. The online course takes approx 30-40 hours 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 TRAINING, registrants will not be able to attend the field training or receive Wildland 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!

***DOWNLOAD THE PACK TEST VERIFICATION FORM HERE*** Please have a colleague or a friend time your pack test and fill out the form. Scan and return the form by email to Feel free to inquire more about this if you have questions.

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

Housing: Co-ed bunkhouse. Tent camping optional. So that we can plan for all attendees, please indicate at time of registration if you prefer to tent camp OR if you will be lodging off the preserve Saturday night. We will be having a group hang out, dinner, fire pit on Sat night.
Gear: All participants need to bring a warm sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, head lamp, snacks, leather work gloves, eye protection (sunglasses are fine), water bottle and work/ hiking boots and comfortable work clothes (jeans and long sleeve shirt will do). Bring layers. Those camping will need to bring a tent and sleeping pad in addition.

Fee: $120.00 (Scholarships available

To register for this event, click here.

For more information email ACR Prescribed Fire Specialist Jared Childress

This training is funded in part by the Farley Family Charitable Foundation.




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Weekend Workdays at the Modini Mayacamas Preserves *Cancelled*

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Weekend Workdays at the Modini Mayacamas Preserves *Cancelled*

Apr 27 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Preserve

NOTICE: Due to storm damage, Pine Flat Road, the main access to the Preserve has been closed by the County of Sonoma until further notice. Please check future work dates for road updates.

Love nature? Interested in science? Need experience? Join us at the Modini Mayacamas Preserves to 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 stewardship by getting your hands dirty!

We meet the last Saturday of most months from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

To learn more and register for this event, contact ACR Resource Ecologist Julianne Bradbury by email or by phone at 707.396.8832 (call or text).

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