Cloud Ridge Naturalists
spacer About "Conservation in Focus" Voyages

Conservation in Focus

Our Conservation in Focus voyages—Cloud Ridge’s “classroom afloat”—embody the true spirit of expeditionary discovery. Wherever we travel, we explore the extraordinary beauty and complexity of the natural world, but also learn how global warming and other environmental challenges are impacting the places we care about. Whether you are interested in conservation issues close to home or in the most remote corners of our changing world, making a difference requires a knowledge of natural history and an understanding of what is at risk. Our staff naturalists have dedicated their careers to portraying the inherent beauty of the natural world as well as the environmental dramas that threaten the fragile fabric of life. If you wish to share your trip experiences with images, our leaders can help you master or refine those skills. After each of our trips we’ll create a book—a visual memoir that weaves together the group’s best images of our shared explorations.

Introducing the M/V Westward

Pacific Catalyst’s M/V Westward is a Ted Geary designed motor yacht—a wooden work of art with a history to match! This classic 86-foot cruising yacht was launched in 1924 as the flagship for the Alaska Coast Hunting and Cruising Co. For 20 years, she pioneered Alaska adventure travel and is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places for her maritime contributions. In Westward’s earliest years, she hosted a noteworthy clientele that included Walt Disney, George Eastman, E.F. Hutton and Marjorie Merriweather Post, Paul Mellon, and celebrities like Bing Crosby and John Wayne. She is also an accomplished world traveler, having logged a 47,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe in the 1970s and an equally impressive circumnavigation of the Pacific in 2007-2008. This elegant and supremely seaworthy vessel carries 12 passengers and a crew of 4. She is equipped with stabilizers for rough seas, a full complement of sea kayaks, a motorized skiff, and warm water snorkeling gear for explorations near and far.


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