Visit the Bouverie Preserve

This magnificent 535-acre nature sanctuary in Sonoma County features diverse oak woodlands, mixed evergreen forest, riparian and chaparral ecosystems and is known for its amazing spring wildflower displays.

Bouverie Preserve is home to a rich and distinct combination of plants and animals, including more than 130 species of birds, 350 species of flowering plants, and numerous large mammals such as the bobcat, gray fox and coyote.


The Bouverie Preserve welcomes members of the public to experience the preserve during one of our weekend Guided Nature Walks. Scheduled on select Saturdays in the spring and fall, Guided Nature Walks explore the best that Bouverie Preserve has to offer—from Bouverie history to birdwatching, wildflowers to waterfalls.

The walks are led by an experienced Bouverie docent, and participants are divided into small groups based on hiking abilities and interests. The hikes begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m., typically covering about three miles. Children are welcome, but should be able to hike the full distance and remain on the trail for four hours. 

Guided Nature Walks

Saturdays in the spring and fall

No fee, though donations of $15 per person is suggested and greatly appreciated. Contributions support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch.

For upcoming Guided Nature Walk dates, please visit this website's calendar.

To make a reservation, email with the following information:

  • The hike date you wish to reserve
  • Your complete name
  • Your address
  • Your phone number
  • The number of people in your party (limit 6)

Call ACR headquarters at 415.868.9244 with any questions. 

Take a field seminar

For the visitor who craves more detailed information about our local natural history, the Bouverie Preserve offers a Backyard Naturalist Series. Taught by ACR scientists or local experts, the seminars include time in the classroom as well as on the trails.  Most seminars include a one-to three-mile hike on mildly- to moderately-strenuous terrain.

Backyard Naturalist Series

Saturday seminars

9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

$25 per seminar, discount offered to ACR members at Sponsor-level or above.

Registration required. Class size is limited, so register early.

For upcoming Backyard Naturalist Series dates, please visit this website's calendar.