Promoting a conservation ethic in people of all ages is central to our mission of Conservation in Action. Please join us on the preserves to explore seasonal changes, take part in naturalist training or dig in with other volunteers to assist our land management team. Reservations are required for most events in order to ensure that human impact is kept in balance with land and habitat preservation goals.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

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Grazing School

Audubon Canyon Ranch Event Calendar

Grazing School

May 18 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Shone Farm

Grazing School: University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and ACR will be hosting a weekend grazing school, specifically for vegetation reduction, on May 17th/ 18th at Shone Farm. This two-day, hands-on grazing school provides participants with practical, field-based experience in applying the principles of managed grazing on rangeland. Participants will learn to estimate carrying capacity and graze periods, develop grazing plans and monitoring systems, and discover the benefits of prescribed grazing as a vegetation management tool.


For more information email ACR Prescribed Fire Specialist Jared Childress

Click here to learn more about ACR's Fire Forward program.

Photo: Sasha Berleman



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Open for Exploration: Ferns and Flowers

Audubon Canyon Ranch Event Calendar

Open for Exploration: Ferns and Flowers

May 18 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Ferns and Flowers Join us on May 18th for guided hikes celebrating the many ferns and flowers we find along Martin Griffin Preserve trails. Nature Guides Mae and Karen will be leading guided hikes with materials at 11am and 2pm. Try out our fern and flower scavenger hunt, have a look at sporangia underneath the microscope, and more!

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 May 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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