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Fernandez Ranch

September 24, 2015, by Kristine Wong

Pocket-sized docent tours

Finally, in 2010, Bart-Williams decided to finally do something about it. He founded Canogle with his brother Samuel, who serves as the startup’s technical lead.

Around that time the team met Linus Eukel, the head of the John Muir Land Trust, the nonprofit organization that manages 2,000 acres of open space in Contra Costa County.

“Linus Eukel understood the potential of what we were trying to do right away,” Bart-Williams says. “They were looking for a way to engage new audiences on their property — a younger generation and a broader demographic.”

The land trust signed up Canogle to develop a set of tours at its Fernandez Ranch property straddling Hercules and Martinez.

In late 2013, the app launched with its first tour highlighting the history of the 702-acre property.

On a recent morning, I joined Bart-Williams for a hike at the ranch, where we stood at the trailhead and listened to the first point on the tour.

“Welcome to Fernandez Ranch,” says the tour guide. “A lot has happened here in 7,000 years.” + Continue reading

Also read:

Fernandez Ranch expansion worth a visit | The Richmond Standard | July 18, 2017

Conservation group gets $515,000 for Fernandez Ranch | East Bay Times | September 30, 2008

Muir Heritage Land Trust gets grant from coastal conservancy | Business Times | October 3, 2008

Saving Frogs and Preserving lawns | San Francisco Chronicle | October 3, 2008

Family hopes to preserve pristine Fernandez Ranch | San Francisco Chronicle | May 1, 2004

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