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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."  


Botswana - Africa's Wilderness Wetland FULL

April 8-18, 2014
Leaders: Mark Garland & Graham Johansson


Botswana is a stable, peaceful nation in southern Africa with great appeal to wildlife enthusiasts.  Savannahs are home to zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions, cheetahs, gazelles, and others – the classic guild of African wildlife – but Botswana has something special: the Okavango Delta.  Here the African savannah meets the continent’s largest freshwater wetland, creating truly one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife viewing destinations.  Our itinerary visits two different small lodges in the delta for maximum immersion into this spectacular ecosystem.  We also offer an optional pre-trip extension to Cape Town, South Africa, and an optional post-trip extension to Victoria Falls, Zambia.  Cost of the basic tour is $6995, double occupancy, from Johannesburg.

 ANS Botswana Trip Packet

Southeastern Arizona: Crossroads of Western Ecosystems FULL

May 23-31, 2014

Leaders: Mark England & Local Experts


Southeastern Arizona is one of our country’s most biologically rich regions. At lower elevations the Sonoran Desert and the Chihuahuan Deserts meet, and the highlands mix some species of the Rocky Mountains with others of the Sierra Madre. There are many birds found in this region that aren’t regularly seen in any other part of the US, and there are also distinctive plants, reptiles, butterflies, and more. Search for birds and learn about this region’s ecological diversity with Mark England and local naturalists from the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory

Itinerary | Cost Sheet | Registration Form

Alaska: Spectacular Coastal Explorations ALMOST FULL!

July 8-July 20, 2014
Leader: Mark Garland

Tufted Puffin AlaskaThe Alaska coastline is spectacularly beautiful and an extraordinarily rich wildlife community.  If you love puffins and their cousins, this is the trip for you.  Watch also for whales, seals, sea otters, and coastal wildlife and wildflowers. Our trip begins with a four-night stay at St. Paul, largest of the remote Pribilof Islands. Here cliffs are crowded with Horned and Tufted Puffins, Common and Thick-billed Murres, Least, Crested, and Parakeet Auklets, Red-faced Cormorants, Northern Fulmars, Red-legged Kittiwakes, and more. Rocky beaches are crowded with Northern Fur Seals. Back on the mainland visit Seward and Homer, enjoying boat tours at Kenai Fjords National Park and in Kachemak Bay. Members’ cost is $5300, double occupancy from Anchorage, which includes round trip air travel to St. Paul, all meals while at St. Paul, and two boat trips.

Itinerary | Cost Sheet | Registration Form

Maine: Fall Migration Featuring Monhegan Island

September 17-22, 2014
Leader: David FarnerMonhegan - our lodge is big bldg at right

Enjoy fall migration at one of New England’s best-known migratory hotspots, Monhegan Island, located off the coast of central Maine. We spend three nights on Monhegan, watching for migratory songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, monarch butterflies and more. All travel on Monhegan is by foot, so this is the perfect trip for those who love to walk. The ferry ride to and from Monhegan crosses waters where shearwaters, alcids and marine mammals might be seen. Our trip also visits outstanding natural areas on the mainland. Members' cost is $1790, double occupancy from Portland, Maine.

Itinerary | Cost Sheet | Registration Form 

Ecuador: Birds & Nature in the Andes and Amazon Basin

November 29-December 13, 2014

Leaders: Stephanie Mason and Gustavo Cañas

Ecuador canoe ride - Mark GarlandEcuador packs a tremendous diversity of habitat into a relatively small country. The nation straddles the equator in western South America. It’s a land of contrasts, from snow-capped volcanic peaks to lowlands that are part of the great Amazon basin, the world’s most extensive rainforest. Destinations include parks and natural areas along the crest of the Andes, partway down into the cloud forests of the western slopes, and a four nights at the legendary Napo Wildlife Center in the Amazon basin. Our goal is to see a great variety of birds and other wildlife while learning about tropical biology, ecology, and conservation. Our bird list will number in the hundreds, with perhaps dozens of hummingbirds and tanagers, and we will make a special effort to see some of Ecuador’s more spectacular species. Limited to 12 participants.

 Itinerary | Cost Sheet | Registration Form | Important Information | 

Costa Rica: Celebrating Tropical Biodiversity

February 14-27, 2015
Optional Extension to March 2
Leaders: Stephanie Mason and Carlos “Charlie” Gómez

green iguanaCosta Rica has long been considered one of the world’s top ecotourism destinations. On our 26 years of trips to 
this exceptionally diverse little Central American country, we always visit several different habitats in our search for birds, plants, and all manner of wildlife. Lessons on tropical ecology and conservation engage us every day. Our upcoming trip explores Caribbean lowland rain forest, cool mountain highlands, the two largest freshwater wetlands in the country, and tropical dry forest. An optional extension to March 2 visits habitats in the country’s highest mountain range, the Talamancas. Expect to see many hummingbirds, tanagers, trogons, parrots, and other tropical birds, along with monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles, and a mind-numbing variety of tropical plants. Cost TBA. Call (301-652-9188, Ext. 10) to request a registration packet when it is available. Limited to 12 participants.



Cancellation Policy

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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