a forest with young conifer trees and green sword ferns for guided nature toursHave you ever gone hiking and wondered “Huh, I wonder what mushroom that is?” or “What kind of bird is that?” Why not bring along someone who can help you answer those questions? As a nature guide, I can help you learn about the various living beings in nature you may encounter and their habitats, to include:

  • Nature identification – animals, plants, fungi, or all of the above.
  • Geological history of local landforms and waterways.
  • Ecology and ecosystems: how it all fits together, and how to safeguard the balance.
  • Your questions answered–and your curiosity encouraged–by a certified Master Naturalist.

Tours are suitable for all ages; no science background necessary. Anyone can learn about the nature around them!

Please note: I do not do strict foraging tours on public land; for example, I don’t lead tours specifically for the purpose of, say, finding edible mushrooms. Rather, my guided nature tours take a more ecologically complete approach to any place I accompany you, where we can learn about both individual life forms and the habitat they live in. Moreover, because I may take multiple groups of people to the same park or other location in a given month, I don’t want to put too much strain on any one edible species in the area. If we happen to find edible plants or mushrooms along the way I can certainly help you identify them, and if we are in a location where foraging for personal use is allowed you may be able to collect a small amount. But this is a side bonus to the main goal of connecting you to a place and its inhabitants.

For private landowners, I am happy to explore your land with you and see what sorts of plants and fungi you have, to include anything edible.

Locations

I am able to lead tours on any private land in Washington or Oregon with the landowner’s written approval. I am actively applying for commercial use permits for public land in the Columbia-Pacific region of the Pacific Northwest, and I currently hold permits for the following locations:

  • Cape Disappointment State Park (WA)
  • Leadbetter Point State Park (WA)
  • Fort Columbia Historical State Park (WA)
  • Loomis Lake State Park (WA)
  • Seashore Conservation Area (WA) – includes the Washington Coast from Cape Disappointment to Moclips, to include almost the entire length of Long Beach

If you would like to have a tour at any of the above locations we can go ahead and start planning, so you’re welcome to get in touch! For other locations, please contact me as early as possible to begin making arrangements. Please allow a minimum of two months after contract has been signed and before your tour for me to apply for a commercial use permit.

About Your Guide

I became certified as an Oregon Master Naturalist in 2017 and was first certified as a Wilderness First Responder in 2013; I have maintained both certifications since then. I am a registered Oregon Outfitter Guide; this registration is necessary to perform any commercial guiding in the state of Oregon. I maintain both general and professional liability insurance. You can find out more about me here.

I hold myself to a high standard of ecological awareness and responsibility toward my tour sites and their wild inhabitants. Tour proceeds are shared with non-profit organizations that restore and protect wild land, and I regularly volunteer in habitat restoration and other land stewardship activities.

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