CLOSURE NOTICE: All ACR preserves in Marin and Sonoma counties remain closed until further notice due to the public health risks of Covid-19. Resident preserve managers and stewardship staff continue to protect and steward these incredible resources for both natural and human communities. We hope to see you on the trail in the near future. While you are exploring nature nearer to home, please visit our Nature Where You Are resource page for engaging nature content, lessons for all ages designed by ACR educators and links to some of our favorite science-based nature resources.
The Bouverie Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch is committed to protecting the nature preserve, therefore we offer controlled access to the sanctuary. Limiting human use helps us maintain the essential ecological balance for the benefit of wildlife habitats. This also ensures you a quality nature experience at the preserve. To learn more about the effects of the Sonoma County fires on the Bouverie Preserve, please click here:
Bouverie Preserve is open seasonally for visitors and schoolchildren to explore. In the fall and spring, Bouverie Preserve hosts its well-regarded elementary school education program, which serves thousands of schoolchilden every year. These programs were inspired by David Bouverie, who was enthusiastic about ACR’s education programs and wanted his lands to be used to educate and inspire children.
Also in spring and fall, visitors are welcome to attend the preserve's docent-led Guided Nature Walks, Twilight Hikes and a semi-annual Open House, which are all open to the public by reservation. See our calendar to reserve a spot. Unscheduled, self-guided hiking is not allowed on the preserve.
To inquire about an upcoming hike by phone, please call ahead: 415.868.9244, ext. 306.
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! Some programming is fee-based.
13815 Sonoma Highway
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
P.O. Box 1195
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
The Bouverie Preserve is located approximately six miles north of the historic town of Sonoma in the Valley of the Moon near the village of Glen Ellen.
FROM THE NORTH: Drive southeast from Santa Rosa on Highway 12 for about 12 miles. Pass the turnoff to Glen Ellen (Arnold Drive) and proceed for 1/3 mile. The Bouverie Preserve sign and entrance are on the left.
FROM THE SOUTH: Drive approximately 6 miles north of Sonoma on Highway 12. Passing Madrone Road, continue for 1 1/2 miles. Just after Sonoma Valley Regional Park and mile marker 31.00, look for the Bouverie Preserve sign and entrance on the right.
Continue through the gate and up the driveway to the parking lot.
Parking is limited, carpooling is encouraged.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I visit?
The Bouverie Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch is committed to protecting the nature preserve, therefore we offer controlled access to the sanctuary. Limiting human use helps us maintain the essential ecological balance for the benefit of wildlife habitats. This also ensures you a quality nature experience at the preserve. We hope you will take part in a scheduled event such as a docent-led Guided Nature Walk, Twilight Hike or Open House.
Is food available at the preserve?
No. We recommend that visitors pack their own lunch for the trail when participating in Guided Nature Walks, and we request that they eat only during lunch breaks at locations chosen by their docent.
Do we have overnight accommodations for the visiting public?
No. Overnight accommodations can be found in the neighboring towns along the Valley of the Moon.
Can the facilities be rented for weddings and events?
Are you still open if it rains?
Are dogs allowed on the preserve?
Sorry, no pets are allowed on the preserve except for service animals, i.e., any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.
Is the Bouverie Preserve accessible for people with disabilities?
An accessible path leads from the parking lot through an oak woodland to a viewing area with benches, which is good for bird watching, is near a seasonal stream, and overlooks a meadow covered with wildflowers in the spring. The path is short, about 300 feet long.
Please note that there is no smoking on the preserve.
- Wyn Hoag