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The Audubon Naturalist Society's Nature Travel Program offers exciting opportunities to search for wildlife and explore the wonders of nature in places outside the mid-Atlantic region. Group size is typically limited to 15 persons and many trips fill early. For more information call the Travel Desk at 301-652-9188 x10 or email

Here's just a sample of what ANS travelers are saying about their journeys!

"The leaders' respective and complementary strengths combined to make for an outstanding team."

"The trip was extremely well-run and organized. Our time was very efficiently used. Sites chosen were all very engaging and rich."

"I know from experience that ANS puts together very safe well-planned trips."

"The trip totally exceeded my expectations- I can't stop talking about it since I've returned home."

Costa Rica: A Trove of Tropical Birds -- and More 
Trip is Full - Please Call to be Added to Wait List

February 14-26, 2017
Optional extension to March 1
Leaders Stephanie Mason and Carlos “Charlie” Gomez

CostaRica SMThis will be our Senior Naturalist's 19th year as an ANS leader to this small, tropical wonderland with amazing plant and animal diversity. Our basic trip will visit moist Caribbean lowlands, vast Cano Negro wetlands, tropical dry forest in the northwest Pacific, and lush cloud forest habitat. Our optional extension moves to higher elevations, where tropical oaks grow tall and the Resplendent Quetzal nests. Call to receive the full itinerary and registration information as soon as the planning is complete. Or keep watching our website for details, which will be posted when the registration packet is finalized.

Itinerary | Cost Sheet | Registration Form | General Terms & ConditionsImportant Information 

Spain: Spring Bird Migration Across the Strait of Gibraltar

April 17-25, 2017Black-Stork-ad-Lesvos w93791
Leaders: Stephen Daly & Terry Lawson Dunn

Southern Spain's Andalucía region is a birdwatcher's paradise that attracts bird enthusiasts and ornithologists year round. But the best time of year to see birds is during the spring, when many migrating birds from Africa overlap with species already wintering in Spain. The area is, in fact, one of two primary routes for migratory birds between Europe and Africa (the other one being Istanbul). The Straits of Gibraltar, in the Southernmost tip of Andalucia is a key point of passage for raptors, storks and other birds. On this special spring tour, we will cover a rich variety of landscapes and habitats from our base near Barbate, Spain. We will travel from the mouth of the Rio Guadalquivir in Huelva province's Atlantic coast, to the Rio Guadarranque which flows from the sierras to the Mediterranean, in the hopes of seeing many of the nearly 400 bird species that can be found near the Straits of Gibraltar. The region is also known for its stunning medieval architecture, castle fortresses, Moorish history, and of course, tapas and flamenco. 

Itinerary | Cost Sheet | Registration Form | Important Information 

Galapagos Islands: Darwin's Wild Classroom 
Trip is Full - Please Call to be Added to Wait List

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June 23-July 2, 2017
Leaders Stephanie Mason, Michael O’Brien, Louise Zemaitis & local guides

A trip to Ecuador's Galapagos Islands is one of the world's greatest natural history excursions, and ANS is collaborating with industry leader Victor Emmanuel Nature Tours for our third trip to this fascinating archipelago. A pre-trip visit to the Tandapaya region of mainland Ecuador (June 20-23) and a post-trip extension to Machu Picchu (July 1-7) are also planned. Registration is underway for the basic trip, as well as the pre-and post-trip journeys. Contact our travel staff for instructions for enrolling in the trip. Prices per person vary, depending on the size and location of cabins on the boat.


Washington's Olympic Peninsula 
Trip is Full - Please Call to be Added to Wait List

Two Trip Dates Offered: July 7-15, 2017; August 12-20, 2017
Leaders: Mark Garland & Neal Fitzpatrick

Path thru Olympic - Mark GarlandThe Olympic Peninsula, located in the northwestern corner of Washington state, is an area of remarkable natural beauty and biological diversity. Much of the land is protected as Olympic National Park, where leader Mark Garland worked as a Park Naturalist early in his career. Habitats range from the wild rocky coast of the Pacific Ocean to mountain meadows filled with summer wildflowers, located beneath a mix of rocky and snow-capped peaks. The mountain slopes and valleys are home to half a million acres of magnificent old growth forest, where many of the trees are over 200 feet tall and more than 8 feet in diameter. Come explore this diverse landscape at the peak of summer and learn about birds, butterflies, trees, wildflowers, marine life, and more. Detailed itinerary and costs will be available soon.

Itinerary Cost Sheet | Registration Form

New Mexico: A Natural History Exploration

NewMexicoSeptember 9-16, 2017

New Mexico is known as the land of enchantment, but it's also a land of great diversity -- diverse wildlife, diverse ecosystems influenced by a huge range of elevations and past geological events, diverse cultures where Native American and Spanish influences dominate, and a history that is unlike any other. Visiting New Mexico in September means catching the birds while they are migrating and the chile when it has just been roasted!

Itinerary | Cost Sheet | Registration Form | Important Information 

Honduras: Spectacular Pico Bonito Lodge - Just Announced!

November 11-18, 2017honduras 2

Leaders: Rob Gibbs &local guides

Pico Bonita Lodge, near the Caribbean Sea in northern Honduras, is the new "hot destination" for birding and nature tours in Central America. The lodge features comfortable cabins, exceptional meals, and great service, but more importantly it features excellent trails through pristine forests adjacent to a large National Park. Spend a week at this lodge exploring these trails and venturing out to nearby natural areas, including mangrove swamps of Cuero y Salada Wildlife Refuge and the Cayos Cochinos Archipelago. Lovely Cotinga, Boat-billed Heron, Keel-billed Motmot, and the endemic Honduran Emerald just begin the list of possible sightings.

From our 2015 Pico Bonito travelers:

"The local guides exceeded all expectations. The lodge, food and service were outstanding."

"It was lovely staying in one place and not moving every few days. Another wonderful aspect was the variety of outings, boat trips, train trips, snorkeling."

Details to follow; if you'd like to be contacted as soon as registration begins, please call or email Carol Hayes:; 301-652-9188 x10



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Future Destinations? Help Us Decide!


We currently offer about seven Nature Escapes each year, but there are dozens of great nature destinations we consider. Help us choose!
Call 301-652-9188 x10 or email with your selection, and if we choose that destination you'll receive advanced notice and have an opportunity to register early. Current candidate destinations include:

  • West Texas
  • Alaska
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Kenya
  • Quebec
  • Southwestern deserts of Arizona and California


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