Audubon Canyon Ranch, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment

Location: 4900 Shoreline Highway One Stinson Beach CA 94970 USA

Mission: Audubon Canyon Ranch protects the natural resources of its sanctuaries while fostering an understanding and appreciation of these environments. We educate children and adults, promote ecological literacy that is grounded in direct experience, and conduct research and restoration that advances conservation science.ACR''s vision is for all adults and children to feel a strong and continuing connection with the wonder and beauty of the natural world. We seek to inspire this connection through our preservation, education, and research programs.
Programs: Created in 1962 to protect a major Northern California Heronry, ACR has grown to include three diverse preserves -- 2,000 acres of tideflats, marshlands, coastal prairie, redwood groves and other fragile wildlife habitats. ACR's Education Programs provide more than 6,000 schoolchildren each year with in-class natural history presentations and on-site, docent-led visits to ACR preserves, and integrated curricular materials for teachers at no charge to the schools or the students. Each year, almost 100 new adult Docent and Ranch Guide volunteers are trained to interpret the natural history of ACR's Preserves to visiting schoolchildren and families. Nearly 7,000 visitors enjoy nature firsthand at the Preserves each year. ACR's Conservation Science and Habitat Protection (CSHP) Program supports the preservation and management of the natural resources of ACR sanctuaries, and contributes to local conservation efforts and the international body of scientific literature.

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Rating: 5 stars  

22 people found this review helpful

Audubon Canyon Ranch Ranch Guide Training Program is so comprehensive and engaging it makes one feel a part of the beautiful surroundings.The Ranch is famous as a sanctuary for the beautiful and graceful egrets and herons that nest in the Redwood trees, but the training which includes geology, aquatic ecology, botany and ornithology is so holistic that when I had completed it I felt a part of the whole wondrous landscape of the Ranch. Being a Ranch Guide made feel the a strong desire to share this knowledge and this love of place with visitors.The staff's enthusiasm and interest in natural processes is contagious. My first day as a Ranch Guide it was raining, but the energy and connection was there and shared with each visitor.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The faces of visitors when they are engaged in opening their minds, eyes and hearts to the beauty and mystery of natural processes at the Ranch.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get a grant to study the fire ecology of the landscape so changed by Sudden Oak Death. Then create a fuel mitigation program to reduce ladder fuels before a major conflagration begins.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The energy, knowledge and connection to the landscape that is imparted by the Audubon Canyon Ranch Staff

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All wonderfully interested and enthusiastic about sharing their passion for the Audubon Canyon Ranch

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Begin to address the serious effects that Sudden Oak Death is having on its landscape

Ways to make it better...

There is nothing I would do to change how organization is run. It has excellent goals and its staff is fantastic.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Increased Fire Potential due to Sudden Oak Death

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you Audubon Canyon Ranch Staff and Volunteers

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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23 people found this review helpful

I've wandered a bit on my own and have been taken on private tours by Cassie G. They have an incredibly loyal, engaged community and do an amazing job of conveying how important it is to preserve areas of great natural beauty and vital wildlife. I love being able to hike and visit viewing platforms, to watch the egrets nest.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to visit a relaxing, beautiful preserve with informative, friendly staff and volunteers to guide me.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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20 people found this review helpful

ACR fills a unique place in the education both scietific and in connecting with "nature" for both adults and school children. The staff provides solid scientific information for the docents for their own intellectual growth and to pass on to the children they accompany to the Ranch. It is unique because the emphasis is on the children's bonding with the natural world and becoming joyful amateur naturalists. Many of the children who come to the Ranch have very minimal exposure to natural settings. The place is a revelation to them. A not infrequent response is, "I want to live here."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the happy reactions of children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not substantially change anything.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

both my own learning experience and the learning I could pass on.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

first rate and loved what they were doing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

restore much of the land that has been damaged by human greed (top soil removal)and by water damage through the lack of proper channeling.

Ways to make it better...

the necessary sign in procedures were reduced.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting more people to experience the place without too much wear and tear on the natural setting.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it is a special place for people, animals and plants.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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23 people found this review helpful

Shortly after becoming a docent at ACR's Bouverie Preserve, I volunteered to help staff their outreach table at an event. As people approached, I would ask if they knew about Bouverie. When more than 90% of the responses were in the affirmative, I realized that Bouverie touches the entire county via its mission of working with 3rd and 4th graders. We are reaching children and families with our message of preservation. I'm so grateful to be a part of such a caring, powerful organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Preserve its beautiful balance and seek to expand it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people. The other docents, the children, their teachers and parents, our wonderful staff and other volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm, open, giving, organized, dedicated..... I have had an opportunity to work with staff at all organizational levels and have been impressed. I have worked with the volunteers at Bouverie for three and a half years and and have never seen greater love and commitment.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Duplicate this ideal program in other places.

Ways to make it better...

I had become a volunteer as soon as I heard about Bouverie.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Probably financial. Preserving resources is another. Maintenance of facilities must be high on the list.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The community might be responsive to needs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

When I first started volunteering at Audubon Canyon Ranch about 16 years ago, Ray Peterson was the biologist at the Bolinas Lagoon Preserve. When Ray saw a particularly exciting display of nature, which to his eyes occurred about every 5 minutes, Ray would exclaim "Five Star!!". Well, that sums up my experience with ACR, where my wife has been a docent for almost 30 years. ACR has an expansive mission (Preservation, Education, Research), a talented and enthusiastic staff, and a system of preserves in Marin and Sonoma that will knock your socks off. Five Star indeed!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing visitors both young and old getting their spirits renewed by soaking in the natural beauty of ACR's preserves.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

top drawer in every respect.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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