Our Trips are Fantastic

Safely and comfortably experience the wealth of captivating landscapes and wildlife riches this remarkable region has to offer with Nature Trip.

Our tours are designed for all levels of nature enthusiast with an emphasis on bird watching, wildlife behavior, natural history and conservancy. Regularly scheduled full and half day trips originate from our home base in San Francisco, California.  Join us to explore the spectacular Pacific Coast, Coastal Mountain range, San Francisco Bay marshlands and the surprisingly wild Sacramento Delta.

Nature Trip’s friendly guides aim to provide a fun filled, memorable experience each day and will customize the itinerary based on current weather, tide conditions, wildlife migration status and group preferences.

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HALF-DAY AND FULL-DAY TRIPS

Half-Day and Full-Day Trips

HALF DAY

4-5 HOURS

FULL DAY

8-10 HOURS

1-2 People (Minimum)

$140
 
$240
 

Each additional person

$50
 
$100
 

Premium Trip destinations

Not available
 
Add $50
 

*Guide Service only

(no transport or food)

$130 $250

Transportation

Let Us Drive: We can pick you up at your San Francisco Area hotel or a central prearranged location at a designated time to start our half-day adventure.

If You Provide Transportation: We are happy to drive your owned or rented vehicle.  Call to make arrangements

* Guide pickup or meeting location in San Francisco only. Additional charges may apply for alternative meeting locations.

Half-Day Destinations (4-5 Hours) Include:

  • The San Francisco Special
  • The Presidio / Land’s End / Golden Gate Park
  • Marin Headlands

 Full-Day Destinations (8-10 Hours) Include:

  • San Mateo Coastline
  • San Francisco Bay or Peninsula Loop
  • Mount Diablo and Contra Costa
  • Bolinas Lagoon & Muir Woods (Muir Woods recommend only early AM)

**Premium Full-Day Destinations (10-12 Hours):

  • Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Sonoma Napa Marshes loop
  • South San Mateo and Santa Cruz Coastline
  • Sacramento Delta

We will recommend itineraries based on current weather, tides and recent sightings of wildlife. Often, we tie in multiple locations on an outing.

Tour Hours

Morning Trips
Start between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM

Afternoon Trips
Start between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM

Itineraries are flexible enough to accomodate your own schedule and choice of location.

We will also bring along delicious snacks and (non-alcoholic) refreshments.

On Full-Day Trips we also provide a delicious vegetarian lunch.

You are welcome to bring your choice of other beverages.

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MULTI-DAY TRIPS

Multi-Day Trips

If you have three or more days to spend with us, then get set for real wild west adventures of the sort that can make memories of a lifetime. Each year we venture to the more distant corners of the Golden State and beyond to witness fascinating wildlife migrations, stunning landscapes and experience the richness of the cultures of the folks that make up this diverse region.

You can contact us regarding our Suggested Multi-day Trip Itineraries or, with advance notice, we will customize a trip package specifically for you and your group.

By prior arrangement, Digital Photography equipment is available for hire for your use during photography excursions.

 

Multi-Day Trip Accommodations & Food

To enjoy our days in the field to the fullest, we know it’s important to sleep well and to eat very well. Lodging is chosen not only for proximity to the natural locations we visit, but also for comfort and friendliness of staff. All rooms include private bathroom. Often times, some of the best experiences are within hiking distance of the lodge itself. And delicious food: California is one of the largest agricultural districts in the world with a wonderful seasonal variety of fresh produces, seafood & wines.

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Suggested Itineraries Based on Time of Year

NOVEMBER – MARCH
Pacific Flyway refuges and reserves
 
SEPTEMBER – FEBRUARY
Klamath Basin
 
JUNE – OCTOBER
Mono Basin
 
MAY – DECEMBER
Monterey Bay to Big Sur
 
MAY – OCTOBER
Lost Coast/Redwood National Park 
 
SEPTEMBER – MARCH
Salton Sea and Anza-Borrega
 
OCTOBER – APRIL
Death Valley
 
MAY – OCTOBER
Sierra-Nevada Mountains
 
MARCH – MAY
Southwestern Deserts
 
Contact us for more information on a Multi-Day Trip as the prices vary based upon locations visited, number of days and season.
PHOTOGRAPHY TRIPS

Photography Trips

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We also offer trips that focus on serious nature photography.

About Wildlife Photo Trips

About Landscape Photo Trips

 

Serious wildlife photography requires serious gear

Occasionally, with good lighting, a steady hand and a little luck, one can get great images of wildlife using a low power (70 to 200mm) lens, but more often, without a little more mm and little less F stop, the images are just too blurry or the subject too small for a quality print. Also, when capturing images of wildlife, especially rare or marginalized species, it’s very important to not have to get so close to the subject that it agitates them or causes them to flush if you can at all help it.

Wildlife photography requires more patience than bird and wildlife watching. Getting good results is a combination of great gear, being at the right place at the right time, experience with outdoor lighting situations and certain amount of luck. If you think a Landscape and/or Wildlife Photography Excursion is for you, then consider combining it with a Full or Multi-day trip. We have some great gear available and the experience to lead you to the best places at the most opportune times. During these trips we discuss and train you on the usage of the equipment and how to use the natural lighting situations presented to us to get great results.

 

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Nikon equipment we use with rental rates while on a Photographic Nature Trip include:

Cameras:

35 mm Nikon Digital SLR D610 or equivalent 24+ Million Pixel w/ 64GB memory card FX Format/CMOS sensor
Daily Rate $45.00

35 mm Nikon DigitalSLR D2X or equivalent 12+ Million Pixel w/ 8GB memory card CMOS sensor
Daily Rate $22.00

Canon S110 Digital zoom w/ 16GB memory – for Digi-scoping (tripod mount available)
Daily Rate $18.00

Lenses:

AF Nikkor 18mm F2.8 w/ UV filter
Daily Rate $22.00

AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-85mm f3.5-4.5 w/ UV filter
Daily Rate $10.00

AF Zoom-Nikkor ED 70-300mm f4.5-5.6D w/ UV filter
Daily Rate $14.00

AF VR Zoom-Nikkor ED 80-400mm f4.5-5.6D w/ UV filter
Daily Rate $20.00

AF-S ED VR Zoom-Nikkor ED 200-400mm f4 – 5.6D w/ UV filter
(1.4X tele-convertor for this lens converts to 560mm F5.6)
Daily Rate $60.00
Note: this lens weighs over 7.5lbs.! – Requires Medium Duty Tripod

AF-S ED 400mm F2.8 silent wave lens w/ 2X tele-convertor
(2X tele-convertor for this lens converts to 800mm F5.6)
Daily Rate $112.00 Weekly Rate $325.00
Note: this lens weighs over 10 lbs. – Requires Heavy Duty Tripod

Heavy Duty Tripod with Wimberley gimbal-style tripod head:
Daily Rate $25.00  required for AF-S ED 400mm lens

CD of the Digital Images:
We will download, transfer and burn the digital images that you have taken and provide you with a DVD or Thumb Drive

DVD $20.00 each

8GB Thumb Drive $20.00 each
Ground shipping $5.00 (Note: express shipping also available)

Equipment renters accept full responsibility for any loss or damage when equipment is in their control. Insurance for the equipment is the responsibility of the renter.

Mega Trips

SCTA_April_SPI_TX_0258_100dpi-449x600Want something more than a day trip?

We now offer multi-day mega trips to great locations worldwide.

 See Our Mega Trips

PROVISIONS

On Every Trip, We Provide More Than Just Fun….

  • Transportation and/or Driver from prearranged point of departure and return.
  • Any tolls, park or preserve fees that may be encountered.
  • Checklists of local birds and mammals for you to keep.
  • High powered spotting scope.
  • A library of field guides for the group to share during the time you are with us.
  • High quality binoculars for your use during the time you are with us.
  • These optics can make a profound difference in the level of enjoyment while watching and capturing wildlife images. Because we want you to have the best experience possible when on a Nature Trip, we provide high quality binoculars for your use during the time you are with us.

 

Snacks and Refreshments

We will also bring along tasty snacks and (non-alcoholic) beverages.

On Full-Day Trips we also provide a delicious vegetarian lunch.

Note: You are welcome to bring your choice of other beverages.

…But There’s Some Things You’ll Want to Bring Yourself

Depending upon the season, there may be a few personal items you might like to take along. We recommend:

Sunglasses Even on gray days, UV sunglasses can help with glare on water or fog and keep your eyes rested and ready. Excellent for looking into rivers and tide pools as well.

Sun protection and a hat Some of the worst sunburns happen to folks in the winter in California and it can catch up with you any time of year.

Jacket or sweater Along the coast, even in the middle of the summer it’s always a good idea to keep something warm to slip on. While Samuel Clemens has been famously misquoted, “the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”, seems not far from the truth when the marine layer has its’ way.

Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots

A complete pre-trip information package and suggested items will be provided specific to the location and season chosen for multi-day trips.

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