Service Area: Sonoma and Napa Counties
Grades:  3rd and 4th
Cost: Free
Time: 1.5-hour classroom visit and 3-hour hike at preserve
When: Fall and spring seasons
  Upcoming spring 2021 season: TBA
Student to Docent Ratio: 6 students:1 docent 
Bus scholarships are available to alleviate the cost of transportation to the preserve. Preference is given to schools in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid 19 public health concerns, all on-site field trips to the Bouverie Preserve and Martin Griffin Preserve have been canceled through December 31, 2020. We are exploring ways to design a remote-learning experience in nature for students and teachers and will contact teachers directly once options are available.

If you would like to be added our teacher mailing list, please contact [email protected].

We encourage teachers and families to explore our many nature-related teaching resources.

About our Program:

This 535-acre jewel in the heart of Sonoma County’s Valley of the Moon is a perfect outdoor classroom. Trained volunteer docents guide students in small grounds to study local plants and animals, a variety of habitats, ecology, and the geology of this watershed. The Bouverie Preserve serves 3rd and 4th grade classes from Sonoma and Napa counties, as determined by school districts.

In the spring students may see wildflowers and their pollinators, migrating newts, banana slugs, and hear the songs of birds that breed in the preserve. In the fall students may see acorn woodpeckers, harvester ants, an array of galls, a turret spider in her burrow and reptiles. Hiking through magnificent oak woodlands happens any season!


Teachers are invited to apply in the fall and the spring for their class' participation in a field trip to the Bouverie Preserve.

If you are a teacher, please contact the Bouverie Preserve (707.938.4554) to receive future mailings on program opportunities.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for that most amazing day! You gave a gift to my class that they will NEVER forget. For some of them, their comments told me it was one of the best days of their lives. A gift of that most perfect day, of the beauty of the preserve, of the wonders of nature, given so unselfishly by all your volunteers, is a gift of the highest order, a priceless gift."   - teacher, Santa Rosa