Cloud Ridge Naturalists
  A Word About Us - 2009

Grouse LogoCloud Ridge Naturalists is one of the oldest and most respected nonprofit field schools in the West. Over the past thirty years, from our humble start in 1979, several thousand people have experienced the special blend of education and exploration that Cloud Ridge offers. Our commitment to provide the finest in natural history education and environmentally responsible travel remains the cornerstone of our program. The educational vision behind what we do relies on a multidisciplinary perspective well grounded in state-of-the-art science. Just a glance through the biographies of our leaders should convey the excellence of our faculty—their knowledge, enthusiasm, and talent for teaching are unsurpassed.

Humpback whale fluke, photo by Audrey Benedict Today, more than ever before, the places Cloud Ridge travels to are chosen because they are at greatest risk—the Arctic regions, the marine and island ecosystems of the North Pacific and the North Atlantic, the Antarctic and the Southern Polar Ocean, the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest and their counterparts in the Patagonian Andes, and the West’s wilderness rivers. Because we also recognize the powerful role that conservation writers, photographers, and other artists play in environmental education and advocacy, you will find seminar offerings that enable participants to hone these skills as well. We spend our days in some of the world’s most beautiful wilderness areas—recognizing their importance to conservation but also their fragility. We take your comfort, safety, and enjoyment seriously— even in the most remote field settings. Wherever we travel, and by whatever means— expedition ship, boat, raft, sea kayak, or on foot— we work only with outfitters whose environmental ethics and operating principles parallel ours. Field seminar groups are small and congenial, creating the best possible atmosphere for learning. We always select fine lodgings or picturesque campsites that have a strong sense of place, and we make every effort to live up to our legendary reputation for excellent food. Not surprisingly, more than 80% of our participants each year have traveled with us before. That matters to us! Whatever your interests, each of our trips opens a magical window on the natural world! We strive to be the best—at whatever we do.


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