Costs and Inclusions for Outings

Costs and Inclusions for Naturalist Adventure Outings

Outing Cost: $95 per day (full-day hike) per person

The Elk of Cataloochee: $115 per person

Synchronous Firefly Outing: Naturalist’s Ramble and Synchronous Fireflies - $120

Naturalist’s Ramble only - $95

Synchronous Fireflies only - $35

** I offer special discounted rates for families and for groups with 5 or more people. Total group size for this program is limited to 15 (maximum) and a minimum of 5 Firefly Watchers is required for the evening outing.

** For short trips and day hikes, payment by check is the preferred way to go, as a 3% charge (to cover costs) will be added to credit card payments.

** Due to COVID-19, group size is limited to 10 (maximum)

** CDC and NPS guidelines will be strictly followed due to COVID-19 restrictions

** Children must be 5 years or older to attend.

** Family rates apply to parents (or other adult family members) with children.

Trip Inclusions:

  • Experienced, professional Naturalist Guide with Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification

  • Naturalist interpretation

  • All permit fees as required by Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • Assistance with trip planning prior to our Outing date

  • Carpooling, as needed


  • We will meet at a central location and carpool to and from trailheads

  • ** Due to COVID-19, we will not be carpooling

**All reservations are confirmed upon receipt of a 25% deposit (of the total cost).

** If you wish to pay by credit card for day hikes and outings, a 3% fee will be added to your total.

Accommodations and Meals are up to you. If you choose to join me for more than one day and stay overnight, you can stay in a cabin or other accommodation where you have kitchen facilities. Or, if you prefer eating out and don’t wish to prepare your own meals, there are a variety of hotel and restaurant options. If you want to enjoy the quieter side of the Smokies, I suggest you stay in Townsend or Wears Valley. Following are some suggestions.

Townsend Chamber of Commerce lists a variety of options for local accommodations and more


For more information and to sign up for JGO Outings, please contact Liz at: or 865-977-4453

Cancellation Policy:

- If you CANCEL with enough time for me to book another hike or fill your spot, you will receive your deposit, minus a $5.00 fee plus any credit card fees incurred by JGO when making your reservation.

- If I am unable to fill the date, due to last minute cancellation, the deposit will be forfeited.