Promoting a conservation ethic in people of all ages is central to our mission of Conservation in Action. Please join us on the preserves to explore seasonal changes, take part in naturalist training or dig in with other volunteers to assist our land management team. Reservations are required for most events in order to ensure that human impact is kept in balance with land and habitat preservation goals.

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Spring Meeting and Field Tour - Bay Area Prescribed Fire Council

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Spring Meeting and Field Tour - Bay Area Prescribed Fire Council

May 2 2019 - 9:30am to 6:00pm
Morgan Hill Council Chambers and Henry W. Coe State Park

The Bay Area Prescribed Fire Council Spring Meeting 2019

Conference: Thursday, May 2, 2019, 9:30am - 5:50pm
Field Tour of Henry W. Coe State Park: Friday, May 3, 2019, 8:00am - 3:30pm
Cost:
$10
Reservation Deadline: Monday, April 29, 5:00pm

For more details about this event or to register, click here

Sponsored by:
Audubon Canyon Ranch, CAL FIRE, Moraga Orinda Fire Dept., Prometheus Fire Consultant, California Fire Science Consortium , Midpeninsula Open Space District, Sonoma Ecology Center, U.S. Forest Service.

SPRING MEETING AGENDA

May 2, 2019: Conference

Location: Morgan Hill Council Chambers: 17555 Peak Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA

9:30am : Sign-in, coffee and snacks.

10:00am: Welcome; Why/what is BARxFC, with Phil Dye of Prometheus Fire Consulting.

10:15am: Attendee introductions and interest in Rx Fire (1 minute or less!).

11:00am: Legislative update (i.e. SB1260, state MOU), with Ed Orre of CAL FIRE and fire management consultant Carol Rice.

11:20am: 10-minute break

11:30am: Cultural burning and tribal history, with Amah Mutsun Tribal Chairman Val Lopez.

12:15pm: Lunch (not provided).

1:15pm: Navigating smoke and air quality issues, with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).

1:45pm: CAL FIRE requirements in SB 901/ SB 1260 and the State Rx Fire Working Group, with CAL FIRE attorney Jamie Sammut, who co-chairs the Prescribed Fire Working Group on the Forest Management Task Force

2:15pm: Ecological reasons to burn in the greater Bay Area, with Sasha Berleman, Jason Mills and Brian Peterson.

3:00pm: Attendee project-share “lightning round.”

3:30pm: 15-minute break

3:45pm: Sub-committee meetings (Training, Policy/Research, Communications)

5:00pm: Sub-committee report backs. Mission statement from steering committee.

5:30pm - onwards: Social at Kelly Brewing Co. (70 E 4th St., Morgan Hill, CA)

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May 3, 2019: Field Tour of Henry W. Coe State Park

8:00am: Meet at the Morgan Hill Aquatics Center parking lot to carpool (16200 Condit Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037  https://goo.gl/maps/4SPwYWJtQMC2 ).

9:00am: Arrive at Henry W. Coe State Park headquarters, 9000 E Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037.

9:00am-3:30pm: Field tour. The hike is 4.3 miles with an optional 1 mile loop through the ponderosa pine stand. Representatives from California State Parks and CAL FIRE will lead the tour, each speaking about their role in the prescribed fire and wildfire history of the park.

 



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Spring Meeting and Field Tour - Bay Area Prescribed Fire Council

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Spring Meeting and Field Tour - Bay Area Prescribed Fire Council

May 3 2019 - 8:00am to 3:30pm
Morgan Hill Council Chambers and Henry W. Coe State Park

The Bay Area Prescribed Fire Council Spring Meeting 2019

Conference: Thursday, May 2, 2019, 9:30am - 5:50pm
Field Tour of Henry W. Coe State Park: Friday, May 3, 2019, 8:00am - 3:30pm Cost: $10
Reservation Deadline: Monday, April 29, 5:00pm

Lodging / Camping options: Blocks of room and campsites have been set aside for event attendees. Please see event details, by clicking the link below.

For more information or to register for this event, click here.

Sponsored by:
Audubon Canyon Ranch, CAL FIRE, Moraga Orinda Fire Dept., Prometheus Fire Consultant, California Fire Science Consortium , Midpeninsula Open Space District, Sonoma Ecology Center, U.S. Forest Service.


SPRING MEETING AGENDA

May 2, 2019: Conference

Location: Morgan Hill Council Chambers: 17555 Peak Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA

9:30am : Sign-in, coffee and snacks.

10:00am: Welcome; Why/what is BARxFC, with Phil Dye of Prometheus Fire Consulting.

10:15am: Attendee introductions and interest in Rx Fire (1 minute or less!).

11:00am: Legislative update (i.e. SB1260, state MOU), with Ed Orre of CAL FIRE and fire management consultant Carol Rice.

11:20am: 10-minute break

11:30am: Cultural burning and tribal history, with Amah Mutsun Tribal Chairman Val Lopez.

12:15pm: Lunch (not provided).

1:15pm: Navigating smoke and air quality issues, with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).

1:45pm: CAL FIRE requirements in SB 901/ SB 1260 and the State Rx Fire Working Group, with CAL FIRE attorney Jamie Sammut, who co-chairs the Prescribed Fire Working Group on the Forest Management Task Force

2:15pm: Ecological reasons to burn in the greater Bay Area, with Sasha Berleman, Jason Mills and Brian Peterson.

3:00pm: Attendee project-share “lightning round.”

3:30pm: 15-minute break

3:45pm: Sub-committee meetings (Training, Policy/Research, Communications)

5:00pm: Sub-committee report backs. Mission statement from steering committee.

5:30pm - onwards: Social at Kelly Brewing Co. (70 E 4th St., Morgan Hill, CA)

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May 3, 2019: Field Tour of Henry W. Coe State Park

8:00am: Meet at the Morgan Hill Aquatics Center parking lot to carpool (16200 Condit Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037  https://goo.gl/maps/4SPwYWJtQMC2 ).

9:00am: Arrive at Henry W. Coe State Park headquarters, 9000 E Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037.

9:00am-3:30pm: Field tour. The hike is 4.3 miles with an optional 1 mile loop through the ponderosa pine stand. Representatives from California State Parks and CAL FIRE will lead the tour, each speaking about their role in the prescribed fire and wildfire history of the park.

 



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Nature Guide Training

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Nature Guide Training

May 4 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

ACR Nature Guides interpret the natural environment of Martin Griffin Preserve and its many unique natural features for weekend visitors. 

Our next nature guide training will occur over nine Saturdays beginning March 9, 2019. Learn about birds, plants, aquatic critters, Bolinas Lagoon ecology and more! Training includes techniques for interpreting natural history and leading guided nature walks.

ACR’s Nature Guide program is an ideal opportunity for working professionals and college students to spend time in nature and gain hands-on field experience. Volunteer times are on weekends and holidays and are flexible.

Sign up by email or by calling 415.868.9244 ext. 122.

Saturdays, March 9 – May 4, 2019

 

 



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Guided Nature Walk

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Guided Nature Walk

May 4 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

Experience the beauty and rich natural history of this 535-acre preserve. Our guided nature walks are on Saturdays throughout fall and spring. Participants are divided into small groups and paired with a trained Bouverie volunteer to explore the mixed evergreen forest and flower-carpeted oak woodland. Guided Nature Walks begin at 10:00am and end at 12:00pm and are no more than 2.5 miles long.

Visitors of all ages are welcome. In order to attend a Guided Nature Walk or Twilight Hike, minors (those under the age of 18) MUST be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

$20 per person suggested donation. Contributions support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. All donations are greatly appreciated!

CLICK HERE to register.

Questions? Call ACR headquarters at 415.868.9244 ext. 110



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Wildfire Fuel Break Workshop

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Wildfire Fuel Break Workshop

May 4 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Jenner Headlands Preserve

ACR's Fire Forward and The Wildlands Conservancy host:

Wildfire Fuel Break Workshop

Take a tour of shaded fuel break, do some hands-on work and learn: 

  • How shaded fuel breaks (a.k.a. forested fire breaks) can help reduce fuel loads and provide a safer area for firefighters to make a stand against wildfire.
  • How to plan and implement a shaded fuel break to help protect your home and forestland.
  • The various methods used and associated costs to establish a shaded fuel break.
  • How local agencies and organizations can help you plan, cost-share, and implement your shaded fuel break.
  • Examples of how prescribed fire can be used to maintain your shaded fuel break once established.

Location: Jenner Headlands Preserve. Note: Participants will carpool from Duncans Mills. Meet at 10am in Duncans Mills just past general store by the monterey cypress trees.

Cost: FREE to landowners and land managers.

Gear: Dress for field work -- shoes/boots with good tread, long pants and long-sleeves, layers recommended. Bring work gloves, water, hat and sunscreen.

Lunch will be provided to workshop participants. Bring water for yourself.

In collaboration with :
CAL FIRE
University of California Cooperative Extension, Sonoma County

Click here to register for this event

FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Carpool from Duncans Mills. Meet at 10am. See notes in event info.

What can I bring into the event?

Bring water, work gloves, hat and sunscreen. Shoes/boots with good tread and clothing layers recommended. Lunch will be provided.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email Jared Childress, prescribed fire specialist for Audubon Canyon Ranch at jared.childress@egret.org



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Open for Exploration: Opening Day Celebration with David Herlocker

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Open for Exploration: Opening Day Celebration with David Herlocker

May 4 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Opening Day Celebration with David Herlocker Join us on May 4th as we celebrate the first day of our short summer season!

Renowned local naturalist David Herlocker will be providing guided hikes at 11am and 2pm. David has been leading walks and giving presentations on natural history for over 30 years. He has been giving docent trainings and other walks and talks at Martin Griffin and Bouverie preserves for the last 20 years. He recently retired from his position as the Interpretive Naturalist for Marin County Parks which involved providing several walks a week all over Marin County that focused on all aspects of nature. Read about his celebrated hikes and love of nature here!

Can’t make the hikes? Come explore with us! Join our volunteer Nature Guides and grab a pair of binoculars or peer in the scopes to watch osprey dive for fish and eagles disrupt the waterbirds over the Bolinas Lagoon. Grab a net and scoop a newt at our freshwater ponds. Come out to our kids’ tables to do activities related to the sights, sounds, and smells of May at Martin Griffin Preserve! No reservation necessary -- please join us!

OPEN SATURDAYS, May 4 - July 27, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm

Bring your family and friends! The Martin Griffin Preserve is open to the public. Learn about the wonders of nature and hike through redwoods, mixed evergreen forests, coastal scrub, and enjoy sweeping vistas of the Bolinas Lagoon and Pacific Coast.

  • Hike 8+ miles of trails
  • Learn from nature guides
  • View abundant plants & wildlife
  • Visit newt ponds
  • Discover natural wonders in our Curiosity Room
  • Picnic under redwoods

Featured Programs

Themed Saturdays – Hikes and activities occur at 11am and 2pm:

  • May 4th: Spring Opening Day! Hikes with David Herlocker
  • May 11th: Banana Slug Hike!
  • May 18th: Ferns & Flowers
  • May 25th: Pond Day
  • June 1: Magnificent Save: The Story of Martin Griffin Preserve
  • June 8: Conifers of the Canyon
  • June 15: Mountain Lion Day
  • June 22: Dragonflies and Damselflies
  • June 29: Forest Bathing and Nature Mindfulness with certified Forest Bathing instructor Joey (Iris) Heusler
  • July 6: TBA
  • July 13: Nature Journaling Day
  • July 20: “It’s My Fault!” Earthquakes and the San Andreas
  • July 27: Summer Celebration at MGP! (Closing Day)

Mother’s Day Picnic:
May 12th, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A 50-year tradition benefitting ACR and Marin Audubon Click here to purchase tickets

For directions to Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.

ADMISSION: Suggested donation of $20 per person supports our programs and management of the 5,000 acres of wildlife sanctuaries owned by ACR. All donations are greatly appreciated!



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Docent Orientation / Recruitment Hike

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Docent Orientation / Recruitment Hike

May 4 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Bouverie Preserve

An ACR docent is someone with an abiding love of nature and a desire to share that appreciation & enthusiasm with children aged 8-10. Over the course of 17 Wednesdays beginning in September, docents receive exceptional coursework in the natural history of Northern California’s diverse ecosystems as well as training in the dynamics of working with children in these natural settings. ACR partners with UC Extension’s California Naturalist program.

Join us for an orientation program beginning with a brief overview of the training program and ending with an hour-long hike on the trail. Seasoned Bouverie Preserve docents will lead the hikes and be available to answer questions.

Training begins in September.

SIGN UP TODAY!

Can't make this date? Choose from all dates this spring and summer:
April 13, April 17, May 4, May 15, June 12, June 22

Bring a friend!

Questions? Call ACR Education Specialist Jacqueline Levy at 707.938.4554 ext 310 or email bouverie@egret.org.



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Martin Griffin Preserve Stewards

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Martin Griffin Preserve Stewards

May 4 2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Participate in environmental stewardship with Audubon Canyon Ranch at Martin Griffin Preserve! We will be focusing on invasive plant management, so this is a great activity for those who enjoy weeding in the garden. Please bring a lunch, clothes you would garden in, sturdy shoes, and a water bottle. We will provide gloves, snacks, and tools. All experience levels are welcome!

Volunteer stewardship workdays run on select Saturdays from 11am-3pm, we will be meeting at the parking lot at Martin Griffin Preserve in Stinson Beach. Public transportation to the meeting site is available via the West Marin Stagecoach route 61. Anyone is welcome, please RSVP so we know to expect you.

To RSVP or learn more about our stewardship program and the Martin Griffin Preserve Stewards, contact ACR Resource Ecologist Henry Inman by email or by phone at 415.868.9244, ext. 102.

For directions to the Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.



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Zumwalt Circle Luncheon

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Zumwalt Circle Luncheon

May 4 2019 - 11:30am to 2:30pm
Cypress Grove Research Center

Audubon Canyon Ranch invites members of the Clerin Zumwalt Legacy Circle for the annual appreciation luncheon. Join Executive Director John Petersen to hear updates about ACR programs, and Director of Conservation Science Nils Warnock, PhD, who will share highlights on ACR contributions to conservation science. Lunch will be served in the Clifford Conly Center with sweeping views of Tomales Bay.

By invitation only.

Receive an invitation and like to attend? Let us know here!

ACR’s Clerin Zumwalt Legacy Circle honors supporters who have included Audubon Canyon Ranch in their estate plans. Not a member? Join the Zumwalt Legacy Circle today and join us at this luncheon! For more information, please call 415.868.9244 ext 311.



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Open for Exploration: Banana Slug Safari

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Open for Exploration: Banana Slug Safari

May 11 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Banana Slug Safari Join us on May 11th as we celebrate our slimy resident slug and its friends and neighbors under the redwoods! Join volunteer Nature Guide Molly and others on guided hikes at 11am and 2pm, get up-close with redwood forest residents under the microscopes, plus banana slug activities for kids and more!

Can’t make the hikes? Not into slugs? Come explore with us! Join our volunteer Nature Guides and grab a pair of binoculars or peer in the scopes to watch osprey dive for fish and eagles disrupt the waterbirds over the Bolinas Lagoon. Grab a net and scoop a newt at our freshwater ponds. Come out to our kids’ tables to do activities related to the sights, sounds, and smells of May at Martin Griffin Preserve! No reservation necessary -- please join us!

OPEN SATURDAYS, May 4 - July 27, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm

Bring your family and friends! The Martin Griffin Preserve is open to the public. Learn about the wonders of nature and hike through redwoods, mixed evergreen forests, coastal scrub, and enjoy sweeping vistas of the Bolinas Lagoon and Pacific Coast.

  • Hike 8+ miles of trails
  • Learn from nature guides
  • View abundant plants & wildlife
  • Visit newt ponds
  • Discover natural wonders in our Curiosity Room
  • Picnic under redwoods

Featured Programs

Themed Saturdays – Hikes and activities occur at 11am and 2pm:

  • May 4th: Spring Opening Day! Hikes with David Herlocker
  • May 11th: Banana Slug Hike!
  • May 18th: Ferns & Flowers
  • May 25th: Pond Day
  • June 1: Magnificent Save: The Story of Martin Griffin Preserve
  • June 8: Conifers of the Canyon
  • June 15: Mountain Lion Day
  • June 22: Dragonflies and Damselflies
  • June 29: Forest Bathing and Nature Mindfulness with certified Forest Bathing instructor Joey (Iris) Heusler
  • July 6: TBA
  • July 13: Nature Journaling Day
  • July 20: “It’s My Fault!” Earthquakes and the San Andreas
  • July 27: Summer Celebration at MGP! (Closing Day)

Mother’s Day Picnic:
May 12th, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A 50-year tradition benefitting ACR and Marin Audubon Click here to purchase tickets

For directions to Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.

ADMISSION: Suggested donation of $20 per person supports our programs and management of the 5,000 acres of wildlife sanctuaries owned by ACR. All donations are greatly appreciated!



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Martin Griffin Preserve Stewards

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Martin Griffin Preserve Stewards

May 11 2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Participate in environmental stewardship with Audubon Canyon Ranch at Martin Griffin Preserve! We will be focusing on invasive plant management, so this is a great activity for those who enjoy weeding in the garden. Please bring a lunch, clothes you would garden in, sturdy shoes, and a water bottle. We will provide gloves, snacks, and tools. All experience levels are welcome!

Volunteer stewardship workdays run on select Saturdays from 11am-3pm, we will be meeting at the parking lot at Martin Griffin Preserve in Stinson Beach. Public transportation to the meeting site is available via the West Marin Stagecoach route 61. Anyone is welcome, please RSVP so we know to expect you.

To RSVP or learn more about our stewardship program and the Martin Griffin Preserve Stewards, contact ACR Resource Ecologist Henry Inman by email or by phone at 415.868.9244, ext. 102.

For directions to the Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.



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Open for Exploration: Celebrate Nature’s Moms

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Open for Exploration: Celebrate Nature’s Moms

May 12 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Celebrate Nature’s Moms Join us on May 12th as we celebrate the many mothers around us! Take a look at the Pacific Slope Flycatcher nest, see an exhibit of nests (can you guess who made each one?), and go on a hike around the preserve to find mothers and their babies in the midst of our spectacular spring season! Bring your mother or your children and spread out your picnic blanket in the grass!

As every Saturday, we’ll have ample opportunity for nature exploration! Join our volunteer Nature Guides and grab a pair of binoculars or peer in the scopes to watch osprey dive for fish and eagles disrupt the waterbirds over the Bolinas Lagoon. Grab a net and scoop a newt at our freshwater ponds. Come out to our kids’ tables to do activities related to the sights, sounds, and smells of May at Martin Griffin Preserve! No reservation necessary -- please join us!

OPEN SATURDAYS, May 4 - July 27, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm

Bring your family and friends! The Martin Griffin Preserve is open to the public. Learn about the wonders of nature and hike through redwoods, mixed evergreen forests, coastal scrub, and enjoy sweeping vistas of the Bolinas Lagoon and Pacific Coast.

  • Hike 8+ miles of trails
  • Learn from nature guides
  • View abundant plants & wildlife
  • Visit newt ponds
  • Discover natural wonders in our Curiosity Room
  • Picnic under redwoods

Featured Programs

Themed Saturdays – Hikes and activities occur at 11am and 2pm:

  • May 4th: Spring Opening Day! Hikes with David Herlocker
  • May 11th: Banana Slug Hike!
  • May 18th: Ferns & Flowers
  • May 25th: Pond Day
  • June 1: Magnificent Save: The Story of Martin Griffin Preserve
  • June 8: Conifers of the Canyon
  • June 15: Mountain Lion Day
  • June 22: Dragonflies and Damselflies
  • June 29: Forest Bathing and Nature Mindfulness with certified Forest Bathing instructor Joey (Iris) Heusler
  • July 6: TBA
  • July 13: Nature Journaling Day
  • July 20: “It’s My Fault!” Earthquakes and the San Andreas
  • July 27: Summer Celebration at MGP! (Closing Day)

Mother’s Day Picnic:
May 12th, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A 50-year tradition benefitting ACR and Marin Audubon Click here to purchase tickets

For directions to Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.

ADMISSION: Suggested donation of $20 per person supports our programs and management of the 5,000 acres of wildlife sanctuaries owned by ACR. All donations are greatly appreciated!



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Mother's Day Picnic

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Mother's Day Picnic

May 12 2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Spend a lovely day at the Martin Griffin Preserve at this annual event for families held on Mother’s Day! Bring family and friends to the magnificent meadow of Volunteer Canyon and enjoy time outdoors, a picnic in the meadow and a hike up the canyon. 

A 50-year tradition with proceeds that benefit Audubon Canyon Ranch and Marin Audubon Society. $30 per adult; $10 children 12 and under, lunch and beverages included.

Click here to purchase tickets online. To purchase by mail, print the order form and mail to Marin Audubon Society. Mail-in orders must be received by May 8, 2019.

We encourage you to bring your own re-usable utensils/dishes/cups and napkins.

Please, no pets. Gates open at 11:00 am. Lunch is served from 12:00 to 2:00 pm and we pack up at 3:00 pm. If arriving late, be prepared to picnic on the grass. This event is held RAIN or SHINE. Indoor seating will be available in the event of rain. Reservations are required.

Parking is limited, please carpool if possible. Wheelchair access and disabled parking are available.

For directions to Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.



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Docent Orientation / Recruitment Hike

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Docent Orientation / Recruitment Hike

May 15 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Bouverie Preserve

An ACR docent is someone with an abiding love of nature and a desire to share that appreciation & enthusiasm with children aged 8-10. Over the course of 17 Wednesdays beginning in September, docents receive exceptional coursework in the natural history of Northern California’s diverse ecosystems as well as training in the dynamics of working with children in these natural settings. ACR partners with UC Extension’s California Naturalist program.

Join us for an orientation program beginning with a brief overview of the training program and ending with an hour-long hike on the trail. Seasoned Bouverie Preserve docents will lead the hikes and be available to answer questions.

Training begins in September.

SIGN UP TODAY!

Can't make this date? Choose from all dates this spring and summer:
April 13, April 17, May 4, May 15, June 12, June 22

Bring a friend!

Questions? Call ACR Education Specialist Jacqueline Levy at 707.938.4554 ext 310 or email bouverie@egret.org.



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Living with Lions: Co-existence with an Iconic American Carnivore

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Living with Lions: Co-existence with an Iconic American Carnivore

May 16 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Bennett Valley Guild Hall

Join us Thursday, May 16, at 7 PM at The Bennett Valley Guild Hall for a special presentation by Dr. Quinton Martins, Director of ACR’s community conservation project, Living with Lions. Come learn about the essential role mountain lions play in our ecosystem and how it is possible to peacefully coexist. Dr. Martins will provide an overview of the mountain lion population located in the Mayacamas Mountains of Sonoma and Napa Counties and will recap his research and findings from more than one dozen, GPS-tracked big cats. He will also share tips to help reduce the risk of mountain lion conflict with pets, livestock and other wildlife. For directions to the Bennett Valley Guild Hall, click here.

Dr. Martins’ presentations are always very popular. Parking will be challenging, so we encourage you to CARPOOL. This event is co-sponsored by the BVCA and The Bennett Valley Guild

Quinton Martins, Ph.D., is the Director of Living with Lions, ACR's community conservation project focused on the North Bay's mountain lion population. Dr. Martins is the former founder and CEO of the Cape Leopard Trust, a successful predator conservation NGO based in South Africa. He has over 25 years of field experience having worked in wilderness areas throughout much of Africa, Saudi Arabia and the USA. From specialist safari guiding, leading a scorpion collecting expedition for the Smithsonian Institution in the desert of Namibia, to mist-netting birds in central African rainforests, Quinton turned to studying predators in 2003. He completed his Ph.D., “The Ecology of Leopards in the Cederberg Mountains, South Africa” through the University of Bristol, U.K. in 2010 and is considered a leading expert on large carnivores. You can support ACR’s Living with Lions project and other important research and public outreach programs by donating or becoming a member of ACR here.

Click here for more information on ACR's Living With Lions.



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Grazing School

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Grazing School

May 17 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Shone Farm

Grazing School: University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and ACR will be hosting a weekend grazing school, specifically for vegetation reduction, on May 17th/ 18th at Shone Farm. This two-day, hands-on grazing school provides participants with practical, field-based experience in applying the principles of managed grazing on rangeland. Participants will learn to estimate carrying capacity and graze periods, develop grazing plans and monitoring systems, and discover the benefits of prescribed grazing as a vegetation management tool.

RSVP at ucanr.edu/grazingschool2019

For more information email ACR Prescribed Fire Specialist Jared Childress jared.childress@egret.org.

Click here to learn more about ACR's Fire Forward program.

Photo: Sasha Berleman

 

 



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Grazing School

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Grazing School

May 18 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Shone Farm

Grazing School: University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and ACR will be hosting a weekend grazing school, specifically for vegetation reduction, on May 17th/ 18th at Shone Farm. This two-day, hands-on grazing school provides participants with practical, field-based experience in applying the principles of managed grazing on rangeland. Participants will learn to estimate carrying capacity and graze periods, develop grazing plans and monitoring systems, and discover the benefits of prescribed grazing as a vegetation management tool.

RSVP at ucanr.edu/grazingschool2019

For more information email ACR Prescribed Fire Specialist Jared Childress jared.childress@egret.org.

Click here to learn more about ACR's Fire Forward program.

Photo: Sasha Berleman

 

 



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Open for Exploration: Ferns and Flowers

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Open for Exploration: Ferns and Flowers

May 18 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Ferns and Flowers Join us on May 18th for guided hikes celebrating the many ferns and flowers we find along Martin Griffin Preserve trails. Nature Guides Mae and Karen will be leading guided hikes with materials at 11am and 2pm. Try out our fern and flower scavenger hunt, have a look at sporangia underneath the microscope, and more!

As every Saturday, we’ll have ample opportunity for nature exploration! Join our volunteer Nature Guides and grab a pair of binoculars or peer in the scopes to watch osprey dive for fish and eagles disrupt the waterbirds over the Bolinas Lagoon. Grab a net and scoop a newt at our freshwater ponds. Come out to our kids’ tables to do activities related to the sights, sounds, and smells of May at Martin Griffin Preserve! No reservation necessary -- please join us!

OPEN SATURDAYS, May 4 - July 27, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm

Bring your family and friends! The Martin Griffin Preserve is open to the public. Learn about the wonders of nature and hike through redwoods, mixed evergreen forests, coastal scrub, and enjoy sweeping vistas of the Bolinas Lagoon and Pacific Coast.

  • Hike 8+ miles of trails
  • Learn from nature guides
  • View abundant plants & wildlife
  • Visit newt ponds
  • Discover natural wonders in our Curiosity Room
  • Picnic under redwoods

Featured Programs

Themed Saturdays – Hikes and activities occur at 11am and 2pm:

  • May 4th: Spring Opening Day! Hikes with David Herlocker
  • May 11th: Banana Slug Hike!
  • May 18th: Ferns & Flowers
  • May 25th: Pond Day
  • June 1: Magnificent Save: The Story of Martin Griffin Preserve
  • June 8: Conifers of the Canyon
  • June 15: Mountain Lion Day
  • June 22: Dragonflies and Damselflies
  • June 29: Forest Bathing and Nature Mindfulness with certified Forest Bathing instructor Joey (Iris) Heusler
  • July 6: TBA
  • July 13: Nature Journaling Day
  • July 20: “It’s My Fault!” Earthquakes and the San Andreas
  • July 27: Summer Celebration at MGP! (Closing Day)

Mother’s Day Picnic:
May 12th, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A 50-year tradition benefitting ACR and Marin Audubon Click here to purchase tickets

For directions to Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.

ADMISSION: Suggested donation of $20 per person supports our programs and management of the 5,000 acres of wildlife sanctuaries owned by ACR. All donations are greatly appreciated!



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Weekend Workdays at the Modini Preserve *Cancelled*

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Weekend Workdays at the Modini Preserve *Cancelled*

May 25 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Preserve

NOTICE: Until further notice, workdays on the Modini Preserve have been canceled due to winter storm damage of Pine Flat Road. Please check back.
Love nature? Interested in science? Need experience?
Join us at the Modini Preserve to provide essential hands-on assistance to our land management team, including trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, native plant propagation, and other special projects. Come learn more about stewardship by getting your hands dirty!

We meet the last Saturday of most months from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

To learn more and register for this event, contact ACR Resource Ecologist Julianne Bradbury by email or by phone at 707.396.8832 (call or text).



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Open for Exploration: Pond Day

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Open for Exploration: Pond Day

May 25 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Pond Day Newts, and damselfly larvae, and scuds, oh my! Come join us on May 25th for our ever-popular Pond Day where we get up close and personal with the many critters who make our ponds home. Join our volunteer Nature Guides in scooping up some goodies (avoid the muck and the duck weed!) and examining pond life with magnifying boxes and under microscopes.

As every Saturday, we’ll have ample opportunity for nature exploration! Join our volunteer Nature Guides and grab a pair of binoculars or peer in the scopes to watch osprey dive for fish and eagles disrupt the waterbirds over the Bolinas Lagoon. Come out to our kids’ tables to do activities related to the sights, sounds, and smells of May at Martin Griffin Preserve! No reservation necessary -- please join us!

OPEN SATURDAYS, May 4 - July 27, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm

Bring your family and friends! The Martin Griffin Preserve is open to the public. Learn about the wonders of nature and hike through redwoods, mixed evergreen forests, coastal scrub, and enjoy sweeping vistas of the Bolinas Lagoon and Pacific Coast.

  • Hike 8+ miles of trails
  • Learn from nature guides
  • View abundant plants & wildlife
  • Visit newt ponds
  • Discover natural wonders in our Curiosity Room
  • Picnic under redwoods

Featured Programs

Themed Saturdays – Hikes and activities occur at 11am and 2pm:

  • May 4th: Spring Opening Day! Hikes with David Herlocker
  • May 11th: Banana Slug Hike!
  • May 18th: Ferns & Flowers
  • May 25th: Pond Day
  • June 1: Magnificent Save: The Story of Martin Griffin Preserve
  • June 8: Conifers of the Canyon
  • June 15: Mountain Lion Day
  • June 22: Dragonflies and Damselflies
  • June 29: Forest Bathing and Nature Mindfulness with certified Forest Bathing instructor Joey (Iris) Heusler
  • July 6: Nature Exploration & Music: Little Folkies Family Band Featuring Irena Eide Solo Set
  • July 13: Nature Journaling Day
  • July 20: “It’s My Fault!” Earthquakes and the San Andreas
  • July 27: Summer Celebration at MGP! (Closing Day)

Mother’s Day Picnic:
May 12th, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A 50-year tradition benefitting ACR and Marin Audubon Click here to purchase tickets

For directions to Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.

ADMISSION: Suggested donation of $20 per person supports our programs and management of the 5,000 acres of wildlife sanctuaries owned by ACR. All donations are greatly appreciated!



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Martin Griffin Preserve Stewards

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Martin Griffin Preserve Stewards

May 25 2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Participate in environmental stewardship with Audubon Canyon Ranch at Martin Griffin Preserve! We will be focusing on invasive plant management, so this is a great activity for those who enjoy weeding in the garden. Please bring a lunch, clothes you would garden in, sturdy shoes, and a water bottle. We will provide gloves, snacks, and tools. All experience levels are welcome!

Volunteer stewardship workdays run on select Saturdays from 11am-3pm, we will be meeting at the parking lot at Martin Griffin Preserve in Stinson Beach. Public transportation to the meeting site is available via the West Marin Stagecoach route 61. Anyone is welcome, please RSVP so we know to expect you.

To RSVP or learn more about our stewardship program and the Martin Griffin Preserve Stewards, contact ACR Resource Ecologist Henry Inman by email or by phone at 415.868.9244, ext. 102.

For directions to the Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.



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Twilight Hike

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Twilight Hike

May 31 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience the beauty and rich natural history of this 535-acre preserve as dusk arrives and the animals start to appear. Our twilight hikes are on select Fridays throughout spring and fall. Participants are divided into small groups and paired with a trained Bouverie volunteer to explore the mixed evergreen forest and flower-carpeted oak woodland. Hikes are no more than 2.5 miles long.

Visitors of all ages are welcome. In order to attend a Guided Nature Walk or Twilight Hike, minors (those under the age of 18) MUST be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

$20 per person suggested donation. Contributions support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. All donations are greatly appreciated!

CLICK HERE to register.

Call Bouverie Preserve at 707.938.4554 ext. 110 with questions.



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