In 1988, Steven Daniel, Peter Debes, and Gene Gartland began Nature Discoveries to offer vacation-learning adventures for active people who enjoy visiting the world's finest natural places. Carefully researched and planned, each trip is led by expert naturalists, and is designed to offer participants a personal, "hands-on" experience of the special features of each destination. We'll walk on trails, take boat trips, and stop along roadsides, so you can see moose, birds, and wildflowers or rock formations, even butterflies and beetles. We want you to see what makes each area special, and enjoy a stimulating and well-planned vacation.
Our groups are small, personal, and congenial. You have the opportunity for pre-trip meetings to meet fellow travelers, discuss trip details, ask questions, and see an interest-piquing slide preview. Information is mailed to those who live out of town, or who cannot make the meeting. Participants often choose to plan post-trip reunions, to share photos and renew the camaraderie that invariably develops.
Expedition fees include round-trip air from Rochester, New York, land transport and boat trips, comfortable lodging, some meals (some trips include all meals), charter flights, services of the leaders, and extras. For those people joining us from other places, or making their own air arrangements, trip prices can usually be quoted without air, or from a meeting point.
Read over our trip descriptions; they only hint at the wonders to be discovered. Just call or write, and we'll send you a detailed packet for any trip. We hope to see you on one of our upcoming trips!
Our trip leaders are skilled naturalists who have spent years engaged in research, study, and teaching, and have extensive experience leading groups and facilitating logistics. We are proud of this unique blend of leadership and instruction on our trips.
"This was our first guided trip.....keep up the good work.....we want to go on more."
"My expectations were high....the trip went beyond this. The tour leaders get an A+."
"I could not have had a better vacation — your options offered enough variety to capture opportunities that presented themselves, and made the trip really memorable."
"The trip was a huge success because of excellent leaders and well-planned itinerary!"
"We were pleased in having the whole trip so well orchestrated, with such good-natured leadership."
"The variety is outstanding — I wouldn't change anything!"
"I enjoyed this trip much more than last year's Smithsonian vacation."
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