Bay Area Green Business Program
Nature Trip is committed to protecting the environment and has been a member of the San Francisco Green Business Program since it's inception in 2006.
We have adopted the following Green Business Pledge:
We believe a successful business is dependent on a healthy environment. We are actively working to show our environmental responsibility to our community through the following objectives:
- To comply with all applicable Green Business regulations and strive to exceed compliance
- To conserve energy, water, materials, and other resources
- To develop and implement practices that prevent pollution and waste
- To be an environmentally responsible business within our community
Conservancy and great fo
od - We provide delicious meals that highlight local vegetarian food on full day and multi-day trips.
Nature Trip's Green goal: Alternative fuel/hybrid vehicles soon.
At times during our adventures, we are amazed to discover marginalized species in fully developed locations. Burrowing Owls inhabiting an area adjacent to a dog run park, Snowy Plovers feeding only yards away from a busy urban road, Peregrine Falcons nesting on city skyscrapers and bridges.
When one can see the resilience of these fantastic creatures, it is inspiring.
Often, by slightly altering our behaviors, usually in easy ways, we can give our fellow species the chance they need to regain a foothold and survive.
There are many examples of simple, yet brilliant ideas of conservation that have greatly benefited native species.
One of my favorite examples is found in the rice farms of the Sacramento Delta. For many years the farmers typically drained the rice fields after the harvest, then burned the stubble as a method of soil enrichment. Today the harvested rice fields are left flooded and provide food and protection for millions of over wintering waterfowl including Snow Geese, Sandhill Cranes and Tundra Swans. These same waterfowl benefit the farmers by naturally fertilizing the soil in return. Prior to human development, this area hosted millions of waterfowl and we can now only imagine the sights and sounds of what must have been one of the most fantastic spectacles the natural world has ever seen. Due to the efforts of many dedicated parties including farmers, biologists, conservationists and policy makers we can now get a glimpse of what that experience must have been like in areas such as Cosumnes River Preserve, and the Yolo Basin.
Visitors on a Nature Trip won’t need to rent a vehicle to enjoy the local wildlife and scenery nor deal with the stress of driving unfamiliar roads. Not only can our trip participants better enjoy the view as a rider in our vehicles, they’ll be directly benefiting the environment by ride sharing. Car pooling eases traffic congestion reduces air pollution and saves fuel.
Nature Trip’s Green Goals are to convert to an alternative fuel/ hybrid vehicles in the next couple years and utilize solar roof panels for power.
Participation in Nature Trip directly benefits local conservation efforts for wildlife.
At Nature Trip, we believe participation in the monitoring of species and the protection/restoration of habitat is critical to the well being of the wild things we love. And besides, we’ve found out just how fun and rewarding it can really be. Over the years we have met many fascinating people participating on conservation projects. These folks and the satisfaction of the results of the projects have truly enriched our lives and that’s why we donate a percentage of our profits to one of our preselected, local, conservation groups. The groups we like the best and made our list are the ones that focus on getting volunteers to perform citizen science and actual hands-on activities like restorations and monitoring.
- Golden Gate Audubon Society
- Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
- The Hungry Owl Project
Delicious meals highlight local vegetarian cuisine. Hey we’re realistic! Vegetarianism is not for everybody, but…once most people taste the delicious vegetarian cuisines available locally here in San Francisco, they don’t even think about the fact there’s no meat in it. And no matter how you look at it, a pound of meat takes many times the land and water resources to produce as a pound of grain.