JUNE 3, 2015–Glen Ellen, CA – Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a distinguished North Bay non-profit dedicated to preserving land, leading community nature education programs, and conducting conservation science to protect native habitats, announced today that Jared Abramson, graduating senior at Montgomery High School, will receive the David Bouverie Scholarship award at a ceremony at 6 p.m. June 3 at Bouverie Preserve.

The David Bouverie Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Glen Ellen resident Phyllis Ellman, a longtime ACR Board member and "founding mother" of the Bouverie Preserve Environmental Education Program, for which she served as a docent from 1980 until her death in 2009. The scholarship fund provides academic scholarships to participants of the Bouverie Junior Naturalist Program, called Junipers, who remain involved through high school and plan to pursue higher education in the sciences or environmental education.

Abramson will attend UC Santa Barbara in the fall, majoring in physics within the College of Letters and Science Honors Program. A fan of basketball, reading, hiking and singing in choir, Abramson has received the Montgomery Boosters Scholar Athlete Scholarship, the Principal’s Top Scholar Award, the Outstanding Science Student Award and has been nominated for California Interscholastic Federation Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

“Jared is an exceptional young man. Over the past eight years, he’s contributed countless hours of volunteer work to the Bouverie Preserve,” said Jeanne Wirka, Director of Stewardship for Audubon Canyon Ranch. “The David Bouverie Scholarship Committee is confident Jared will continue to inspire others to love nature, become stewards of the earth, and make the world a better place.”

Abramson took his first hike at the Bouverie Preserve in the fourth grade and as a Juniper has enjoyed exploring the wonders of nature and sharing them with others. Junipers complete a five-course training program that provides an in-depth look at the environment and natural history of the Bouverie Preserve. Once training is completed, Junipers are invited to help lead the Bouverie Preserve’s Guided Nature Walks and pursue their own interests in nature through participation in field trips and resource management projects.

ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Initial funding for the David Bouverie Scholarship Fund was established by a grant of $25,000 from the Dennis and Carol Ann Rockey Fund of the Marin Community Foundation.

Visit www.egret.org/contribute.html to make an online contribution (to the David Bouverie Scholarship Fund) or by phone at 415-868-9244 or via check with the memo "David Bouverie Scholarship Fund" to ACR, 4900 Shoreline Highway One, Stinson Beach, CA 94970.

ABOUT AUDUBON CANYON RANCH

ACR provides solutions to local and global conservation issues using three interconnected approaches. We acquire, protect, and restore ecologically rich properties; educate generations of conservationists in ways that strengthen human communities; and conduct research that advances conservation science regionally and beyond.

ACR’s preserves include the Cypress Grove Research Center on Tomales Bay, the 535-acre Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon near Glen Ellen, the 1,000-acre Martin Griffin Preserve on Bolinas Lagoon near Stinson Beach, and the 3,320-acre Modini Mayacamas Preserves above Healdsburg.

ACR is an independent non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status and is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society. ACR’s programs are made possible thanks to the contribution of thousands of hours of volunteer service, and donations from caring individuals, foundations and businesses. Look for ACR on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. For more information, call 415-868-9244, email acr@egret.org or visit www.egret.org.

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