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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Open for Exploration: Dazzling Dragons, Dainty Damsels, and Lustrous Leps

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Open for Exploration: Dazzling Dragons, Dainty Damsels, and Lustrous Leps

Jun 22 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Dazzling Dragons, Dainty Damsels, and Lustrous Leps
Want to see a vivid dancer, or a painted lady, or a swallowtail? And what’s a dragonfly naiad? On June 22nd, join volunteer Nature Guide Leslie for guided hikes at 11am and 2pm to see the wonders of dragonflies, damselflies, and butterflies from eggs to flight! Explore our kids’ activities and exhibits around these beautiful and colorful insects of the preserve.

As every Saturday, we’ll have ample opportunity for nature exploration! Join our volunteer Nature Guides and grab a pair of binoculars or peer in the scopes to watch osprey dive for fish and eagles disrupt the waterbirds over the Bolinas Lagoon. Grab a net and scoop a newt at our freshwater ponds. Come out to our kids’ tables to do activities related to the sights, sounds, and smells of June at Martin Griffin Preserve! No reservation necessary -- please join us!

OPEN SATURDAYS, May 4 - July 27, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm

Bring your family and friends! The Martin Griffin Preserve is open to the public. Learn about the wonders of nature and hike through redwoods, mixed evergreen forests, coastal scrub, and enjoy sweeping vistas of the Bolinas Lagoon and Pacific Coast.

  • 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

Featured Programs

Themed Saturdays – Hikes and activities occur at 11am and 2pm:

  • May 4th: Spring Opening Day! Hikes with David Herlocker
  • May 11th: Banana Slug Hike!
  • May 18th: Ferns & Flowers
  • May 25th: Pond Day
  • June 1: Magnificent Save: The Story of Martin Griffin Preserve
  • June 8: Conifers of the Canyon
  • June 15: Mountain Lion Day
  • June 22: Dragonflies and Damselflies
  • June 29: Forest Bathing and Nature Mindfulness with certified Forest Bathing instructor Joey (Iris) Heusler
  • July 6: TBA
  • July 13: Nature Journaling Day
  • July 20: “It’s My Fault!” Earthquakes and the San Andreas
  • July 27: Summer Celebration at MGP! (Closing Day)

Mother’s Day Picnic:
May 12th, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A 50-year tradition benefitting ACR and Marin Audubon Click here to purchase tickets

For directions to Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.

ADMISSION: Suggested donation of $20 per person supports our programs and management of the 5,000 acres of wildlife sanctuaries owned by ACR. All donations are greatly appreciated!



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Docent Orientation / Recruitment Hike

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Docent Orientation / Recruitment Hike

Jun 22 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Bouverie Preserve

An ACR docent is someone with an abiding love of nature and a desire to share that appreciation & enthusiasm with children aged 8-10. Over the course of 17 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. ACR partners with UC Extension’s California Naturalist program.

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 Bouverie 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:
April 13, April 17, May 4, May 15, June 12, June 22, July 24, August 3, August 14, August 24

Bring a friend!

Questions? Call ACR Education Specialist Jacqueline Levy at 707.938.4554 ext 310 or email bouverie@egret.org.



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Martin Griffin Preserve Stewards

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Martin Griffin Preserve Stewards

Jun 22 2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Participate in environmental stewardship with Audubon Canyon Ranch at Martin Griffin Preserve! We will be focusing on invasive plant management, so this is a great activity for those who enjoy weeding in the garden. Please bring a lunch, clothes you would garden in, sturdy shoes, and a water bottle. We will provide gloves, snacks, and tools. All experience levels are welcome!

Volunteer stewardship workdays run on select Saturdays from 11am-3pm, we will be meeting at the parking lot at Martin Griffin Preserve in Stinson Beach. Public transportation to the meeting site is available via the West Marin Stagecoach route 61. Anyone is welcome, please RSVP so we know to expect you.

To RSVP or learn more about our stewardship program and the Martin Griffin Preserve Stewards, contact ACR Resource Ecologist Henry Inman by email or by phone at 415.868.9244, ext. 102.

For directions to the Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.



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