SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 –Stinson Beach, CA– Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a leader in conservation science, habitat protection and restoration, and nature education, announced today that it has selected long-time education professional Anne Burnett to serve as its new Director of Education for ACR’s award-winning nature education programs.

Ms. Burnett will lead and coordinate the education program’s strategic planning, community outreach, volunteer coordination, program evaluation and development efforts for ACR education programs.

With key professional strengths including program and curriculum development, Ms. Burnett brings to ACR a life-long love of the environment and teaching. In her career, Ms. Burnett has served as a field science educator and site manager for the Yosemite Institute in Yosemite National Park. For 13 years, Ms. Burnett was an instructor and course director for Outward Bound. She also taught high school science for five years, serving as a crew leader at the Rocky Mountain School for Expeditionary Learning.

To help build national environmental literacy, Ms. Burnett has successfully led and partnered on education initiatives with the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, and many other education outlets. As an established Bay Area professional, she sits on several boards to advise organizations about education trends and national priorities. She joins us most recently from the Life Sciences Foundation, where she designed the organization’s first framework for national education strategies.

Ms. Burnett completed a Bachelor's degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and a Master's degree in journalism, with emphases in science and environmental writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is also a credentialed, secondary science teacher.

"I am thoroughly elated to be joining the Audubon Canyon Ranch team,” said Ms. Burnett. “To lead the education efforts among 800 committed volunteers and staff for an organization pioneered by many of the Bay Area's greatest conservation heroes of our time, is both a phenomenal opportunity and a culminating professional goal for me.”

“Anne is a remarkable individual with considerable regional and national work experience in the environmental education community, who is grounded in the Bay Area,” said Scott Feierabend, executive director, Audubon Canyon Ranch. “Anne will bring incredible new energy, vision, perspective, drive and bounce—both to our Education Department and to ACR as a whole.”

About Audubon Canyon Ranch

For more than 50 years, Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) has been dedicated to protecting nature through land preservation, nature education and conservation science.

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 3,000-acre Modini Mayacamas Preserves in the Mayacamas Mountains 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. For more information, call 415-868-9244, email acr@egret.org or visit www.egret.org.

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