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.

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Open for Exploration: Martin Griffin Preserve’s Preservation Story

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Open for Exploration: Martin Griffin Preserve’s Preservation Story

Jun 1 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Magnificent Save: Martin Griffin Preserve’s Preservation Story
Instead of a four-lane freeway and a harbor with boat slips, and a lot of houses, we have trees and dragonflies and wildflowers and an estuary. Join our volunteer Nature Guides for a guided hike at 11am and 2pm  to see how regular people like you and me teamed up to stop development of this special place -- and how you, too, can make a big difference.

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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Quinton Martins - 21st Century Trapping for Improved Efficacy and Ethical Consideration

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Quinton Martins - 21st Century Trapping for Improved Efficacy and Ethical Consideration

Jun 5 2019 - 1:30pm

Dr. Quinton Martins will present "21st Century Trapping for Improved Efficacy and Ethical Considerations" at the 2019 International Urban Wildlife Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Collaboration and Conservation: Applications to Urban Wildlife.” Register for the conference: http://www.urban-wildlife.org

Click here for more information on ACR's Living With Lions.



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Learning to Live with Fire

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Learning to Live with Fire

Jun 7 2019 - 8:00am to 8:30am
Quail Inn at Oakmont Golf Club, Santa Rosa

ACR's Fire Ecologist Dr. Sasha Berleman will be the guest speaker at the Valley of the Moon Rotary's June 7th breakfast meeting at the Quail Inn at Oakmont Golf Club.

Quail Inn at Oakmont Golf Club
7035 Oakmont Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Dr. Sasha Berleman leads ACR's Fire Forward. She has her PhD in wildland fire science from UC Berkeley, and conducted her graduate research in Northern California on prescribed fire use for restoration of ecosystem health. She has been an active participant in Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) since 2010, with most being located in Northern California (Shasta, Trinity and Klamath regions). She is a wildland firefighter with “Fire Effects Monitoring” and “Squad Boss” qualifications. She spent summer 2017 on the Redding Interagency Hotshot Crew, has planned and organized interagency private lands controlled burns, and has approximately 600 hours of hands-on prescribed fire experience. Sasha is a board member of the Central Coast Prescribed Fire Council.

To learn more about ACR's Fire Forward, click here.



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Open for Exploration: Conifers of the Canyon

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Open for Exploration: Conifers of the Canyon

Jun 8 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Conifers of the Canyon
What’s a conifer, and why is it here? On June 8th, come hear our volunteer Nature Guides tell stories about trees, find out who lives in the trees, and then spread out your picnic blanket and have a picnic under the trees! They’ll have guided hikes at 11am and 2pm. We’ll have kids’ activities, special interpretive materials, 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 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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Martin Griffin Preserve Stewards

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Martin Griffin Preserve Stewards

Jun 8 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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Radio interview: Living with wildlife in Sonoma County

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Radio interview: Living with wildlife in Sonoma County

Jun 9 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
KSRO radio 103.5 FM

 

Tune in to radio station KSRO Sunday June 9th from 9-10am to hear Quinton Martins in conversation on KSRO's Ask the Expert Show: Mike Kelly's Real Estate Hour with Allison Norman.

KSRO can be found on your radio at 103.5FM, 94.5FM or 1350AM

Quinton Martins, Ph.D., is the Director and Principal Investigator of Living with Lions, Audubon Canyon Ranch’s community conservation project centered around the North Bay's mountain lion population. Dr. Martins is the former founder and CEO of the Cape Leopard Trust, a successful predator conservation NGO based in South Africa. He has over 20 years of field experience having worked in wilderness areas throughout much of Africa, Saudi Arabia and the USA. From specialist safari guiding, leading a scorpion collecting expedition for the Smithsonian Institution in the desert of Namibia, to mist-netting birds in central African rainforests, Quinton turned to studying predators in 2003. He completed his Ph.D. “The Ecology of leopards in the Cederberg Mountains, South Africa” through the University of Bristol, U.K. in 2010 and is considered the world’s leading expert on Cape mountain leopards and a skilled predator trapper. Quinton is a research associate and fellow at Bristol and Stellenbosch Universities.

You can support ACR’s Living with Lions project and other important research and public outreach programs by donating or becoming a member of ACR here.

Click here for more information on ACR's Living With Lions.



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Docent Orientation / Recruitment Hike

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Docent Orientation / Recruitment Hike

Jun 12 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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Open for Exploration: Mountain Lion Day

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Open for Exploration: Mountain Lion Day

Jun 15 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Mountain Lion Day
Pounce like a lion! Join our volunteer Nature Guides on June 15th to learn all about our mountain lion neighbors and their role as top predators in our natural communities. Guided hikes and activities at 11am and 2pm, plus kids’ activities and materials to explore more about lions. We’ll share all we’re learning about them through ACR’s Living with Lions project.

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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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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Iconic Cats

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Iconic Cats

Jun 27 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
St. Helena Public Library

Come to the St. Helena Public Library's WILD lecture series to learn how you can become a conservation ambassador for the iconic cats with whom we share our habitat.

Join ACR’s Dr. Quinton Martins, who will talk about Living With Lions, ACR's community conservation project in the Mayacamas Mountains of Sonoma and Napa Counties, and his work with other large carnivores around the world.

The founder and former CEO of the Cape Leopard Trust in South Africa, Dr. Martins has over 20 years of field experience in wilderness areas throughout much of Africa, Saudi Arabia and the USA. His work highlights the manner in which charismatic and iconic apex predators like leopards and mountain lions, act as umbrella species, and can lead to broad ecosystem conservation.

When: Thursday June 27th at 7:00pm
Where: St. Helena Public LIbrary, 1492 Library Lane, St. Helena, CA 94574

To learn more about Living with Lions, click here.



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Open for Exploration: Forest Bathing and Nature Mindfulness

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Open for Exploration: Forest Bathing and Nature Mindfulness

Jun 29 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Forest Bathing and Nature Mindfulness
Join us for a two-hour guided forest bathing session with certified forest bathing instructor Joey (Iris) Heusler. Sessions begin at 11am and 2pm. Stay for other mindfulness activities and crafts for adults and  children throughout the day. No rsvp necessary.

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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Living with Lions: Co-existence with an Iconic American Carnivore

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Living with Lions: Co-existence with an Iconic American Carnivore

Jun 29 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Friedman Center

ACR's Wildlife Ecologist, Dr. Quinton Martins, will provide an update on the research results of Living with Lions, ACR’s mountain lion research and education project at the Second Annual Friends of Trione-Annadel State Park Fundraising Dinner & Auction, which will be held at the Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. Click here for more information on this event.

To learn more about ACR's Living with Lions project, click here.



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