Mother's Day Picnic

Sunday, May 8, 2016

A Benefit for Audubon Canyon Ranch and Marin Audubon Society

Event Report - June 15, 2016

Our annual Mothers Day fundraiser unfolded under a vanishing fog in Audubon Canyon Ranch’s stunning Volunteer Canyon. The weather in early May had been coolish, even rainy two days before the event — which did not encourage ticket sales but did green our carpet of grasses and sustained the California Buckeye’s truly extravagant bloom.

This event, our 53rd (or it might be our 56th) annual fundraiser in which Marin Audubon fulfills its founding commitment to Audubon Canyon Ranch for annual support — raises funds for ACR (60%) and for Marin Audubon (40%). Donations of food and supplies for the luncheon, and help from many volunteers make the event a success each year.

These are our generous food sponsors, please remember their support the next time you patronize them:

Bovine Bakery, Pt Reyes Station
Brickmaiden Breads, Pt. Reyes Station
Don & Sons (Sebastiani), Napa
Judy’s Breadsticks, Mill Valley
Lagunitas Brewing Co., Petaluma
Redwood Empire Disposal/North Bay Corp.
Safeway Stores, Mill Valley and Corte Madera
Sloat Garden Center, Mill Valley
United Markets
Three Twins Ice Cream, Petaluma
Trader Joe’s, San Rafael, Corte Madera

Thank you volunteers who helped by picking up donations, cooking the food, serving and cleaning up. We couldn’t have done it without you: Mary Ann Cowperthwaite, Wendy Dreskin, Dave Herrema, Garth Herrema, Bob Hinz, Patty Hoyt, Gerry Jarocki, Mardi Leland, Jane Medley, Ed Nute, Matthew Perry, John Cherone, Carol Stalker, Jude Stalker, Vicky Van Meter, Rona Weintraub, Jim White, Katy Zaremba.

Thanks also to those who helped before the event: Greg Block, Jo Kreider, Flinn Moore Rauck, Barbara Salzman and Periann Wood.

Join us in the orchard for a Mother’s Day Picnic in Volunteer Canyon at Audubon Canyon Ranch—a secluded part of wildlife sanctuary that is rarely open to the public.

Mother's Day Picnic

Our annual Mother’s Day Picnic supports the education and conservation programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch as well as Marin Audubon Society – your chance to support two Marin environmental organizations with one ticket.

Enjoy friends and family in a spectacular natural setting; lunch on Rosemary Grilled Chicken or Vegetarian Quiche, salad, beans, and desserts, (wine & beer available at a no host bar); take a guided walk or stroll on your own along two trails opened especially for this event.

This year, the adjacent Martin Griffin Preserve will be open to the public, and volunteer ranch guide naturalists will be on hand. Click here for more information on The Heronry of Marin Griffin Preserve:

Mother's Day Picnic
Photos by Jude Stalker

We encourage you to “be green” and bring your own non-throw-away utensils/dishes/ cups and napkins.

Please, NO PETS. Gates open at 11:00 am. Lunch is served from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. And we start packing up around 3:00 pm. If arriving late, be prepared to picnic on the grass. This event is held RAIN or SHINE. Indoor seating will be available in the event of rain. Reservations are required.

Parking is limited, please carpool if possible. Wheelchair access and disable parking are available.


$28 Adults
$12 Children (under 12)
Click here to buy tickets online »

To order by mail: Download our Picnic flier and mail us your Reservation Form and check.

Mail reservations must be received by May 5th. For more info, call 415-453-2216 or 559-760-1551. No tickets will be mailed - your online payment or your check by mail will guarantee your place. That portion of each ticket over the amount of $10 is tax deductible.

Directions To Volunteer Canyon, Audubon Canyon Ranch, on Bolinas Lagoon

The entrance to ACR’s Volunteer Canyon is 2.66 miles north of Stinson Beach (1/3 mile south of ACR’s main entrance to the Martin Griffin Preserve on Highway 1.

Driving from Central Marin:

Option One: Highway 101 north from San Francisco, or south from San Rafael to the Highway One/Stinson Beach exit. Follow approximately 12 miles to Stinson Beach. Continue 3 miles north to Volunteer Canyon gate on right hand side of the highway.

Option Two: Take Highway 101 north from San Francisco, or south from San Rafael to the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Exit. Follow Sir Francis Drake Blvd. northwest for about 21 miles to Olema. Turn south (left) on Highway 1 and follow for about 10 miles to Bolinas Lagoon. Volunteer Canyon will be on the left 1/3 mile after the entrance to ACR’s Martin Griffin Preserve.

Public Transportation

Audubon Canyon Ranch is accessible by public transportation via the West Marin Stagecoach, though on a limited basis. (The coach stops at Martin Griffin Preserve, 1/3 mile away.) Please check their website before embarking on your trip.

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