Naturalist Guided Hiking & Paddling Trip: WILDFLOWERS & WATERFALLS IN
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Established in 1935, Shenandoah National Park straddles a
beautiful 100-mile stretch (300 square miles) of the Blue Ridge Mountains in
the Southern Appalachian Mountain range. The park rises above the Virginia
Piedmont to its east and the Shenandoah Valley to its west. Over 70,000 acres
of this 196,000-acre park are designated wilderness . Dominat ed by hardwood
forests, this park includes a variety of habitats due to the 3500’ range of
ation, slopes and aspects, rocks and soils, precipitation, and latitude.
Lush forests, quiet hollows, rocky ridges and rolling hills characterize this
park and its trails. Remnants of boreal
forests exist here as well, reminding us that continental glaciers came nearby.
Over 1300 species of vascular plants thrive here and 200 species of birds and
50 species of mammals make their home in these habitats.
With more than 450 miles of trails, this is a wonderful
place to stretch your legs and your mind as you experience the many sights,
sounds, scents and ‘the feel’ of Shenandoah National Park. We will hike to the
summit of Hawksbill Mountain (4051’), the highest point in Shenandoah National
Park, and enjoy extraordinary views. During our 7-day Shenandoah adventure, you
will be captivated and delighted by the many discoveries we make along our
path, whether it is in the sighting of a black bear, the remarkable mountain
vistas, a waterfall tumbling over rock, or the bird songs that accompany us
along the trail.
Shenandoah National Park, VA
April 30 – May 6, 2017
Naturalist Guided Hiking & Paddling Trip: AUTUMN ADVENTURES IN THE ADIRONDACKS
Established in 1892, Adirondack State Park covers 6.1 million acres of an interesting mix of public and private lands in the northern third of New York State, making it the largest state park in the United States! The Adirondack Forest Preserve, established in 1885, includes 42% of the Adirondack Park. It is designated as public land and preserved as wilderness. This extensive wild area is rich in wildlife and plant life. Black bear, moose, beaver, fisher, bobcat, otter and loons are all symbols of this magnificent wilderness. The Adirondacks offer a great variety of habitats from the northern coniferous Boreal forest and the southern deciduous forest to peat bogs and a truly arctic zone at the tops of the highest peaks. Join your naturalist guide to experience this incredible diversity of plants and animals. We will seek out the many gems of the Adirondacks, from the well-kept secrets of nature to the beauty of grand mountain vistas. The Adirondacks offer intriguing human history as well. From the time of the Iroquois and Algonquin who used this rugged landscape for hunting, to the outdoor enthusiasts of today (like us), the Adirondack region has seen much change. You will have a chance to learn about Native Americans, Adirondack guides, loggers, miners, the famous Adirondack Great Camps and so much more during our week together. sounds along our
Adirondack Mountains, NY
September 24 - October 1, 2017
Naturalist Guided Hiking & Paddling Trip: EXPLORING THE FLORIDA
*** Please Note: My next Everglades Trip will be in February of 2018, Please let
me know if are interested ***
Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and ismade up of 1.5 million acres. Established in 1947, it is designated a Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site, and a Wetland of International Importance. The Florida Everglades is one of the most complex and most fragile natural systems in the United States, consisting of nine distinct ecosystems. At its heart is the well-known "river of grass," a slowly flowing freshwater river that is both shallow and immense, which merges into wide tidal rivers and then mixes with salt water from the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Bay. It is here that the world's greatest mangrove forest thrives. In addition there is cypress swamp, freshwater marl prairie, hardwood hammocks, pinelands, and freshwater sloughs. This diversity of ecosystems combines to create some of the greatest biodiversity found in any one area. In Everglades National Park there are over 360 species of birds, over 1,000 species of plants, over 40 species of mammals, and over 50 species of reptiles.
Everglades National Park, FL
February 7 – 13, 2016
Naturalist Guided Hiking Trip, NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK - A TRUE WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE!
*** Please contact Liz to let her know of your interest, so you can join us in the North Cascades next year!!
Remote! Magnificent! Wild! Vast! Rugged Beauty!
These are just a few of the adjectives used to describe North Cascades National Park, and yet they only hint at the incredible nature of this portion of the expansive Cascade Range. Venturing into North Cascades National Park is a wilderness experience par excellence! This trip will provide an opportunity for you to explore a very remote national park and ecosystem – an area not accessed by most people; in fact, due to its remoteness, North Cascades National Park is the second least visited national park in America. Join me on this unique adventure and enter a world of stunning natural splendor.North Cascades National Park is one of the wildest places in the United States! The Park is known for its steep mountains with high jagged peaks, ever-flowing streams, countless cascading waterfalls, and tremendous biological diversity. Established in 1968, this 684,000-acre park is nestled in the heart of 7 million acres of protected public lands in Washington and British Columbia. North Cascades National Park and the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas make up the North Cascades National Park Service Complex and form the core of one of the largest and wildest wilderness areas in the contiguous United States.
There are 386 miles of maintained trails, many taking you to absolutely breathtaking alpine scenery, along with waterfalls, alpine wildflowers, abundant wildlife, and the turquoise waters of glacial rivers and subalpine lakes. The North Cascades Scenic Highway will take us into the heart of the Cascades and through what has long been known as the “North American Alps.”
There is no better way to experience such a remote, wild, and extraordinary region than by hiking the trails and spending time on the lakes. And this, my friends, is exactly what we’ll do. On this naturalist-led trip, we will hike a variety of trails, do a little paddling, take a 3-hour ferry ride, and be thrilled by new sights and sounds along the way.
North Cascades National Park, WA
August 20 - 28, 2016