In February 2012, the Feather River Land Trust partnered with landowners Rick and Tiffany Leonhardt to conserve the Leonhardt Ranch Learning Landscape in American Valley, protecting a working ranch, important wildlife habitat, scenic open space, and an outdoor classroom for Quincy schools.

The Leonhardt Ranch Learning Landscape is located in Quincy, CA, and contains 46 acres of meadow, wetland, and riparian habitats.

The ranch is centered in American Valley. A channel of Boyle Creek runs through the property and sustains cottonwood-willow habitat. The property's meadow, riparian, and wetland habitats support a diversity wildlife species including American badger, beavers, frogs, many raptor species, Sandhill Cranes, waterfowl and unique songbirds like Bullock's Oriole and Yellow-breasted Chat. 

Located across Quincy Junction Road from Quincy Jr/Sr High Schools, the Leonhardt Ranch provides a unique, living classroom for hands-on learning and stewardship experiences for Quincy children of all ages (it is within a short walk of Quincy Pioneer Elementary School as well). FRLT’s school-based K-12 Learning Landscapes program supports teachers to highlight stream and meadow restoration and ecology.

Conservation of the Leonhardt Ranch Learning Landscape

Protecting the Leonhardt Ranch was made possible by funding from the CalTrans Environmental Enhancement Mitigation Program, a generous donation from Cindy and Grant Edwards, and a significant bargain sale donation from the Leonhardt Family. Rick and Tiffany Leonhardt also donated a 4-acre conservation easement for educational use. Preliminary conservation work was made possible with generous support from the Mellam Family Foundation, Firedoll Foundation, Morgan Family Foundation and FRLT members.

Stewardship and Recreation

The Leonhardt Ranch Learning Landscape is managed for meadow and riparian habitats and educational value. In partnership with FRLT's Land Stewardship and Learning Landscapes programs, local students and volunteers play a key role in managing this special resource.

During school hours, teachers and students are out on their living classroom exploring, learning, setting up research sites, and doing restoration projects.  

The Leonhardt Ranch is open to the community during non-school hours to stroll along our creekside walking trail and watch for frogs, native fish, an incredible diversity of migrating birds, and other wildlife. Take in beautiful views of Spanish Peak and American Valley. Enjoy learning from the interpretive signs created by Quincy High School students.

Visit the Leonhardt Ranch Learning Landscape

Community access is allowed:

  • Monday - Friday, 3:30 to Sunset During the School Year
  • Weekends, Holidays and Summer Break: Sunrise to Sunset

The community is invited to access the property from Quincy Junction Road, across from the Quincy High School playing fields (see photo and map below). The entrance from the bike path is solely for school use.

NOTE: Due to sensitive bird nesting habitat and livestock concerns, NO DOGS OR BIKES please.