It was truly amazing how detail oriented the students were in describing their observations of everything and retelling the stories they'd been told. They loved catching the newts.  - Fourth grade teacher, San Francisco

The Martin Griffin Preserve serves 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes from San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa counties. At the preserve's magnificent 1,000-acre classroom overlooking the Bolinas Lagoon and Pacific Ocean, trained volunteer docents guide students in small grounds to investigate pond life, search for a rough-skinned newt, or view egrets nesting in towering redwoods while learning to use nets, field microscopes, binoculars and telescopes. 

In the spring students may see Great Egrets, newts, dragonflies, pond creatures and banana slugs. In the fall students may see spiders making webs and nests or sunning lizards. Any time of year, the coastal views are awe-inspiring.


Teachers are encouraged to apply for their class' participation in a field trip. In general, application deadlines are as follows:

Spring 2019 program – Applications due in December

Questions? Contact the Martin Griffin Preserve Education Team.


In keeping with its commitment to make nature education available to all Bay Area students, Audubon Canyon Ranch offers its programs at no cost to schools. Transportation scholarships are also available by application.