Commune with Nature at Bouverie Preserve

photo courtesy Bouverie Preserve

Appreciate nature at its most pristine at the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen. This magnificent property was donated for preservation to Audubon Canyon Ranch by David Bouverie in 1979. The private, non-profit nature preserve offers guided nature walks to the public. Oak woodlands, mixed evergreen forests, riparian areas, and chaparral feature prominently in a spectacular landscape dominated by Stuart Creek Canyon. This location is known for its amazing spring wildflowers and is home to hundreds of plants and animals, including more than 130 species of birds, 350 species of flowering plants and many native Californian mammals including the bobcat, grey fox and coyote.

Guided nature walks are offered to the public throughout the year. Visitors of all ages can participate in docent-led, natural history hikes. In small groups, hikers can take one of many trails through mixed evergreen forests, flower-carpeted oak woodlands and rugged chaparral. For people with disabilities, an accessible path leads from the parking lot through an oak woodland to a viewing area with benches—good for bird watching and near a seasonal stream overlooking a meadow covered with wildflowers in spring.

Access is by appointment only. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis and can be made up to a month in advance. The Bouverie Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch is approximately 6 miles north of the historic town of Sonoma, along Highway 12 in the Valley of the Moon near the village of Glen Ellen. For information, call (707) 938-4554.