Where are we going? What is a preserve? Can trees talk to each other? Are there always newts in the ponds? Who picks the colors?
For 50 years, students, docents, parents and teachers have been asking questions like these while participating in field trips and training classes of the school and docent programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. Over the course of this half-century, 1,300 enthusiastic docents have led nature education and appreciation activities for more than 250,000 Bay Area third–fifth graders.
“The leaves crushing under-foot
The ferns brushing against my side
The birds chirping
The water rolling
It all happens when you are alone in the forest.” —A participant’s reflection on their program
As someone who participated in these programs, we know your experiences at the preserves have sparked memories, relationships, and, of course, many questions. We ask that you reflect on these experiences and respond to some of our questions about your time spent with the school programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. (Answering all of the questions is not mandatory; any responses are appreciated.)