See the world with the Natural Resources Foundation

International Field Trip to Costa Rica with NRF

International trip to Costa Rica with the Foundation

Join us for one of our many international field trips as we partner with travel experts to explore natural wonders across the world. By traveling with the Natural Resources Foundation, you’ll have an intimate, unique experiences abroad, focused on nature, wildlife, and the conservation efforts of other organizations.

Both our international field trips as well as our domestic adventures are led by local guides and naturalists. You will travel with Foundation staff and other NRF members interested in conservation. Also, by traveling with the Foundation, you help support our most important work to protect Wisconsin’s lands, waters and wildlife–part of the trip cost includes a tax-deductible donation to the Natural Resources Foundation, and also to support on-the-ground conservation organizations.

Since 2006, we’ve led dozens of trips across the globe. From the mountains of Patagonia to birding hotspots in Costa Rica, from the glaciers of Iceland to savannas of Tanzania, we want to explore the world with you. To get the latest on our upcoming international field trips, become a member of the Natural Resources Foundation today.

 

Upcoming Trips for 2017

Florida Natural Areas Tour with Dr. Scott Craven

January 22-27, 2017

Ecological tourism in Florida's Everglades

Photo courtesy of Paul Regnier

Join wildlife expert Dr. Scott Craven and naturalist Paul Regnier along with fellow Foundation members as we explore the rich natural and cultural history of southwest Florida’s natural areas.

The group will convene in Fort Myers, Florida. We are scheduled to visit well known natural areas including Shark Valley and Ten Thousand Islands in Everglades National Park and Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp as well as lessor known areas such as Fakahatchie Strand and Big Cypress Preserve and Koreshan State Park. We’ll base in Everglades City for 3 nights.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a tram tour through Everglades National Park, which protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther. The Everglades National Park is an international treasure designated as a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance.
  • Cruise Thousand Islands—a labyrinth of water and mangroves located in the western end of Everglades National Park—on a boat trip. The islands harbor an abundance of life, and the shallows serve as nursery grounds for countless marine species.
  • Hike through Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary on 2 miles of boardwalk trail while admiring the huge bald cypress forest, wading birds, red-shouldered hawks and much more. Corkscrew Swamp encompasses the largest remaining virgin bald cypress forest in the world (approximately 700 acres). Additionally, it houses the largest nesting colony of federally endangered wood storks in the nation.
  • Paddle at Koreshan State Historic Site, Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve and Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve by kayak or canoe.

Pricing 

The base trip cost is $1675 per person, which includes a $200 donation to the Foundation. Cost is based on double occupancy; for a single room throughout the trip, add $500. The cost includes 5 nights of lodging, most meals, ground transportation in Florida, a boating excursion, tour and park fees, local guide fees, services of a wildlife and naturalist guide, plenty of sunshine and more. The tour is limited to 16 travelers. Airfare to and from Florida is not included.

To Register

Space is limited, so act soon to secure your reservation! To register, send your $500 per person deposit as soon as possible to: Door County Tours, P.O. Box 136 Bailey’s Harbor, WI 54202. Include: Check, name, mailing address, phone and email.

Questions?

For more information about Florida’s Natural Areas Tour with Scott Craven contact Paul Regnier at the [email protected] or 920-493-1572.

 

Patagonia: Tierra del Fuego & the Chilean Fjords — the Wilderness Beyond

February 17 – March 4 (Sold Out)

Join us for a tour to Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & the Chilean Fjords with Overseas Adventure Travel. This tour will bring you to

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Photo courtesy of Overseas Adventure Travel

some of the most dramatic and unspoiled landscapes on Earth where you’ll witness precipitous Andean peaks and a rugged seacoast as you discover the unique flora and fauna of southern Argentina and Chile. Discover the icy splendor of Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina and encounter unique bird and wildlife including the llama-like guanacos and majestic condors in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. Cruise for four nights aboard an expedition ship through the Chilean fjords and the Strait of Magellan to Tierra del Fuego, and the fabled Cape Horn, where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans meet.

Final 2017 pricing for this February 2017 tour will be released soon. Click HERE to view the day by day itinerary and current pricing for this 15-day trip . The base trip cost for Patagonia will include  international airfare, all land transportation and two internal flights, accommodations for nine nights, four nights aboard a small ship, 33 meals, 12 small group activities, all shore excursions, services of a resident, English-speaking OAT Trip Leader, and gratuities for local guides, drivers, ship-crew, and luggage porters. Not included is a $300/person, tax-deductible donation to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.

 

Going Coastal: Birding the Texas North Coast

APRIL 9-16, 2017 (Sold Out)

Piping Plover Birding the Texas Coast with the Natural Resources Foundation

Piping plover in Texas. Photo courtesy of Paul Regnier.

The Texas coast is one of North America’s hottest birding destinations. In early spring the coast and adjoining habitats are flooded with migrating songbirds, shorebirds and raptors. Millions of birds wing their way across the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula to the coastal regions of the United States, creating premium bird watching opportunities. This tour provides a great opportunity for upper Midwest birders to refine observation skills, expand birding knowledge and add new birds to life lists.

Naturalist Paul Regnier is the tour planner and leader. Paul has secured three additional experienced, expert bird guides familiar with Texas birds to enhance your experience: Internationally known Kevin Karlson, Houstonian birder Glenn Olsen, and Galveston bird guide David Hanson.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a small group with expert guides. Small-group bird watching experiences can be the most rewarding for all levels of birders, especially with help from expert birding guides.
  • Visit birding hotspots. Find the best spots thanks to our guides. You’ll visit places like Bolivar Flats, High Island, Galveston Island coastal habitats, salt- and freshwater wetlands and Piney Woods area.
  • Stay at the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. Travelers will stay at the beautiful Oyster Bayou Lodge located in the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.
  • There’s a chance you might witness a “fall out.” The phenomena of a ‘fall out’ is a weather-dependent event that results when spectacular numbers of exhausted migrating birds ‘fall out’ of the sky to land in coastal natural areas after an arduous 600-mile crossing of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Get those rare sightings in your bird book. With the help of your guides you’ll have the chance to see a Bachman’s sparrow, red-cockaded woodpecker, reddish egret, swallow-tailed kite, brown-headed nuthatch, magnificent frigatebird, piping plover, black rail, and more!

Pricing

The base trip cost is $1,850 per person. The cost includes seven nights of lodging, some meals, ground transportation in Texas, three expert birding guides, tour and park fees, a $200 donation to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, and plenty of bird sightings. Cost is based on double occupancy, for a single add $350. Airfare to and from Texas is not included. The tour begins and ends in Houston.

To Register

Tour is limited to 10 travelers, so act soon to secure your reservation! To register, send your deposit of $500 per person to:

Door County Tours
P.O. Box 136
Bailey’s Harbor, WI 54202

Along with the payment please include the trip you wish to attend, the names of your travelers and contact information—mailing address, phone and email.

Questions

For more information about Going Coastal: Birding the Texas North Coast, contact Paul Regnier at [email protected] or 920-493-1572

 

Cordova, Alaska

August 5-13, 2017

This nine-day trip invites visitors to discover the natural wonders of the last American frontier. Cordova is home to the Eyak Indian Tribe

kayaking Alaska with Natural Resources Foundation

Kayaking the Alaskan wilderness with the Natural Resources Foundation—what could be better?

and Prince William Sound and surrounded by Chugach National Forest—the second largest national forest in the United States. Immerse yourself in the country’s most picturesque classroom through engaging forest hikes, wildlife observation, glacier excursions, data collection and more.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit multiple glaciers. Gain an up-close perspective on glaciology when crossing the Copper River Delta to visit the Child’s Glacier, walking the Million Dollar Bridge for amazing views of Miles Glacier and flying over the Bering Glacier, North America’s largest glacier.
  • Explore the rainforest. Hike through three complete ecosystems on the Heney Ridge Trail’s 7 mile route within the Chugach National Forest.
  • Meet the local wildlife. Guided by a local researcher with 20 years of sea otter knowledge, boat to Orca Inlet where the world’s largest population of sea otters lives. Also, observe a nesting kittiwake colony.
  • Participate in an ongoing study with a local biologist. Fly to Egg Island which hosts a wide variety of bird species, including the largest population of Glaucous-winged Gulls. Help a local biologist gather data on the Gull’s nests.
  • Immerse yourself in Alaska’s natural wonders. Numerous opportunities to learn from local conservation organizations about the rich diversity of flora and fauna in the area as well as view abundant wildlife.
  • An additional excursion to Denali National Park and Preserve will be available as an add-on after the trip.

Pricing

The base trip cost is $3,325 per person. Cost includes a full time guide for duration of program, accommodations, meals and non-alcoholic beverages, entrance fees, activities listed in itinerary, regional flights and a $300 donation to the Natural Resources Foundation as well as a $50 donation to a local conservation organization. Price is based on double occupancy. Price does not include airfare to Alaska but options are available through Holbrook Travel.

An add-on to Denali National Park and Preserve is available at an extra cost.

Registration

View a complete tour itinerary and register online HERE.

Questions

For more information or to enroll, contact Debbie Sturdivant Jordan at [email protected] or (866) 748-6146.

 

Experiencing the Northern Rockies of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

September 1-7, 2017

The Salamander Glacier in Glacier National Park travel with Natural Resources Foundation

The Salamander Glacier in Glacier National Park. Photo courtesy of Paul Regnier.

Delight in experiencing two of the most heralded continental parks in the world and the first of its kind as The United States’ Glacier National Park and Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park combine to form the International Peace Park!

Join Paul Regnier, tour leader and naturalist; Nora Simmons, communications director with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and other Foundation members in a very special tour of geologically carved, mountain encrusted and biologically diverse landscapes of the Northern Rocky Mountains. The wilderness aesthetics alone can give any visitor sensory overload. It’s no wonder that both areas are designated as World Heritage Sites and International Biosphere Reserves.

Trip Highlights

  • Stay in historic lodges. We will call the rustic comfort of Lake McDonald Lodge, Many Glacier Lodge and Prince of Wales Hotel home for five nights. These are the same lodges that housed American travelers for over 100 years. They reflect western mindsets of the early 1900’s, when large timber created folk heroes and the idea of the National Parks was born.
  • Get ready for memorable experiences. Traverse the continental divide via the gorgeous Going to the Sun Road aboard a historic reconditioned red antique “jammer” bus. This route is one of the country’s most beautiful mountain roadways, offering views of rugged McDonald Valley complete with jagged mountain peaks, glacial lakes and deep green pine forests.
  • Explore Logan Pass with us. Stop for lunch during our Red Bus tour with an optional hike in an alpine meadow with wildlife viewing opportunities for marmots, pikas, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, rosy finches, and more.
  • Connect with a Blackfeet Nation guide. You will have the unique and powerful opportunity to learn about the Blackfeet history and culture directly from a Blackfeet Native.
  • Enjoy the northern Rockies via boat! Explore the mountain lakes at Many Glacier Lodge and Waterton Lakes Park via scenic boat tours with stops to walking paths and international borders.
  • Embark on a guided hike with Glacier Institute Naturalists. At the beginning of our trip, we will hike with Glacier Institute Naturalists to learn about the geology, botany, and natural history of Glacier National Park.

Pricing

The base trip cost is $2,875 per person. Cost includes six nights accommodation, (five nights in historic lodges), ground transportation (Red Bus and coach), luggage transport, boat tours, entrance and park fees, most meals, and a $200 donation to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Tour price does not include airfare. Cost is based on double occupancy, for a single add $750.

To Register

To register, send your deposit of $500 per person to:

Door County Tours
P.O. Box 136
Bailey’s Harbor, WI 54202

Along with the payment please include the trip you wish to attend, the names of your travelers and contact information—mailing address, phone and email.

Questions

For more information about, Experiencing the Northern Rockies of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks,
contact Paul Regnier at [email protected] or 920-493-1572.

 

 

Past Travel Destinations with the Natural Resources Foundation

Costa Rica
Belize
Peru
Alaska
Iceland
Panama
New Zealand
Tanzania
Patagonia
Galapagos
Cuba

Is your dream destination not on our list? Let us know where you long to travel!
Email our trip coordinator [email protected].