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Audubon Canyon Ranch

About the organization: Audubon Canyon Ranch protects our natural and human communities through land preservation, nature education, and conservation science. Audubon Canyon Ranch acts as guardian of a system of nature preserves spanning 26 properties in Marin, Sonoma, and Lake counties. These 5,000 acres provide significant habitat to wildlife and have been placed in our care by generous donors to steward and protect in perpetuity. ACR works to improve global environmental health by conserving and stewarding valuable natural resources, managing for ecological resiliency, providing scientific solutions to ecosystem management, and teaching generations of conservationists in ways that strengthen natural and human communities.

About our course: Audubon Canyon Ranch’s California Naturalist course serves as our docent training program. It gives volunteers a firm grounding in local natural history and the ability to recognize and capitalize on teachable moments. Docents receive 20 weeks of core training in natural history, ecology, and nature interpretation for children. Classes are taught by experts and trainees are mentored by experienced docents who know how to make learning fun.

Docents of the Martin Griffin Preserve in Marin County and Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma County are devoted, enthusiastic nature-lovers who wish to help connect school children (grades 3-5) with the magic and mystery of the natural world. Docents bring nature into classrooms and guide children in exploring the wonders of the preserve. After graduating from the core training, docents receive a rich menu of lifelong learning opportunities, including lectures, field trips, crafting, and special events.

Spring 2021 Course Schedule: TBA. If you are interested in the course or have questions, please e-mail Natasha Lekach, Education Program Manager, Martin Griffin Preserve.

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