Cloud Ridge Naturalists is one of the oldest and most respected nonprofit field schools in the West. Over the past thirty-two years, several thousand people have experienced the special blend of environmental education and exploration that Cloud Ridge offers. Our commitment to providing the finest in natural history education and environmentally responsible travel remains the cornerstone of our program. Our educational vision embraces a multi-disciplinary perspective well grounded in state-of-the-art science. Just a glance through the biographies of our leaders should convey the excellence and dedication of our faculty—their expertise, talent, and passion for teaching are unsurpassed! To continually broaden our outreach in a changing world, Sarah Drummond and Marilyn Hailbronner now join Audrey Benedict at Cloud Ridge's helm—sharing navigational challenges and providing new inspiration as we embark on our fourth decade.
Our learning adventures span the entire globe— from the Arctic to the Antarctic! Moving beyond the "last great place" model that drives traditional ecotourism, our goal is to become better-informed stewards—not just "snapshot" sojourners. We spend our days in some of the world's most beautiful places—recognizing that the impacts of global climatic change and environmental degradation transcend international and ecological boundaries. Wherever we travel, and by whatever means—expedition ship, boat, raft, sea kayak, or on foot—we work only with outfitters and guides whose operating principles and environmental ethics parallel our own. Our field seminar groups are kept small and congenial, creating the best possible atmosphere for learning, discussion, and reflection. We take your safety, comfort, and enjoyment seriously—even in the most remote field settings. We select picturesque lodges, classic boats, or campsites that have a strong sense of place, and make every effort to live up to our reputation for fine food. Not surprisingly, more than 80% of our participants each year have traveled with us before. That matters to us! We look forward to welcoming new friends and old on our next voyage or journey afield!
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On this website, CloudRidge.org you can find photos of our 2012 destinations on every seminar page, our annual "Field Notes" posting, archived descriptions and images from previous trips, slideshows and video clips from our adventures afield, as well as the latest offerings from Cloud Ridge Publishing.