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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
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wilderness
. Dominat
ed by hardwood forests, this park includes a variety of habitats due to the 3500’ range of elev
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.

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Shenandoah National Park, VA

May 3 – 9, 2020



Naturalist Guided Hiking Trip: A TASTE OF THE FINGER LAKES


Discover the natural, geological and cultural history of the Finger Lakes of New York. This trip is packed with exciting, captivating activities that will please and delight all of your senses…and your intellect as well. Does it get any better?

Be spellbound as you hike through ancient gorges; feel the spray and listen to the soothing sounds of innumerable waterfalls and cascades; taste award-winning wines and artisanal cheeses of the region; dine at the renowned Moosewood Restaurant; visit the iconic Corning Museum of Glass and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology; and take a sunset cruise on Cayuga Lake, one of the 11 sparkling, glacially formed Finger Lakes.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of this geologically fascinating and awe-inspiring area as you join your professional Naturalist guide on hikes through glacial landscapes and into the heart of some of the most extraordinarily beautiful gorges of the Finger Lakes. Explore a bog, an old-growth forest and the cool, moist, shaded environment of glens, all of which provide habitat for a rich array of wildflowers, ferns, mosses and other plant life, as well as birdlife.

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Finger Lakes Region, NY 

June 7 - 13, 2020



Naturalist Guided Hiking & Paddling Trip: EXPLORING THE FLORIDA 
        EVERGLADES
    
             


Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States an
d is
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made 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.

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Everglades National Park, FL

February 9 – 15, 2020



Naturalist Guided Hiking Trip, NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK - A TRUE WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE!

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.           

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North Cascades National Park, WA

August 8 - 16, 2020