“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

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 plants and animals, photosynthesis, food webs, watersheds and more. 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 wildflower meadows, migrating newts, a waterfall, banana slugs or other decomposers, and springtime renewal. In the fall students may see acorn woodpeckers, 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.


In keeping with its commitment to make nature education available to all Bay Area students, Audubon Canyon Ranch offers its programs at no cost to schools and transportation scholarships are available.