Audubon Canyon Ranch Bouverie Preserve

Located near Glen Ellen in Sonoma County’s Valley of the Moon, the 500+ acre Audubon Canyon Ranch Bouverie Preserve is a landscape dominated by a diverse native ecosystem including oak woodlands, mixed evergreen forests, riparian woodlands, chaparral, grasslands, and wet meadows. Because of this diversity, the preserve is home to a rich combination of plants and animals, including birds, flowering plants, and numerous large mammals such as bobcat, gray fox, coyote, mountain lion, and an occasional black bear.

Bouverie Preserve is within the ancestral territories of the Coast Miwok, Southern Pomo, and Wappo peoples. However, the preserve takes its name from David Bouverie, a London architect who came to New York in 1933, later migrating west and buying land in the Sonoma Valley. When Bouverie passed away in 1994, ownership of the preserve was transferred to Audubon Canyon Ranch, a conservation research institution that also hosts thousands of Bay Area schoolchildren and families for nature education programs and monthly adventures where they learn to observe wildlife, steward habitat, and participate in research studies.

In 2017 the Fire swept through the Sonoma Valley, burning approximately 75% of the wildlands of the preserve and destroying 7 of 9 buildings, including all of the program infrastructure on the preserve.

In lieu of rebuilding a large environmental education center at the site, the owners have elected to build a new roofed open-air gathering facility flexibly designed to serve the volunteer activities and children’s education programs. JNRA has collaborated with Siegel & Strain Architects in the site planning and design of the new facility and its associated outdoor amenities and trail connections. The new pavilion will be located within the footprint of the former Gillman Hall that was destroyed in the fire.  This prominent hillside site emerges from the surrounding oak woodlands and features panoramic views across the valley to the distant mountains, proximity to the forests, and wildflower meadows at the core of the campus.

Our scope of work is focused on site developments related to the new facility including: the entry driveway and parking; bus drop-off; accessible pathways between parking and building; outdoor gathering areas, gardens, circulation, and related site improvements at the building; trail connections to Preserve trails and the Bouverie campus; and emergency service access.

Location

Glen Ellen, CA

Size

1.4 acre site development, within 500 + acre preserve

Client

Audubon Canyon Ranch

Team

Siegel & Strain (Architecture)
Oberkamper & Associates Civil Engineers (Civil Engineering)

Scope

Concept through Schematic

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