In an effort to help protect wildlife National Wildlife Federation (NWF) understands that people feel more willing to help when they connect with nature and wildlife. Seeing animals that you've only seen on television or in the local zoo up close can be a mesmorizing experience that few people are privileged to experience. Part of this effort to connect people with nature and wildlife, the NWF searches out for the best tour companies and wildlife excursions and offers them to their members. Experiencing wildlife first-hand can generate greenhouse gas emissions, so to help create carbon-neutral expeditions NWF partnered with Native Energy Travel Offsets to offset the carbon for each Expedition traveler.
Below you'll find a schedule of Wildlife Expeditions offered through National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Some of the following trips are sold out, but you have the ability to contact NWF and let them know you are interested. If enough people show interest in a sold out expedition another expedition might become available.
2010 Wildlife Expeditions
May 23, 2010 – May 28, 2010
Cape Cod Wildlife and Walking
Rate: $1,655 per person
Why we picked it: Cape Cod conjures up visions of perfect New England villages and pristine beaches. This trip combines leisurely 5-10 mile walks through diverse settings and habitats with the thrill of whale-watching and the extraordinary spring bird migration-all before the summer crowds arrive.
May 23, 2010 – May 28, 2010
Rockies Wildlife Spring-tacular
Rate: $1,995 per person
Why we picked it: Two superlative wildlife opportunities are crafted into one amazing adventure. Begin in Yellowstone at the height of bison and elk calving season, scanning for all manner of wildlife including wolves and bears. Then head into the Madison Valley where private ranchers open their gates just for our group to wildlife watch.
June 4, 2010 – June 13, 2010
Rate: $4,482 per person
Why we picked it: With 97 percent of these islands protected as a national park, the GalÃ¡pagos is one of the world's most important laboratories for the future of conservation, sustainable tourism and wildlife management. Lindblad Expeditions has been our trusted choice for programs in the GalÃ¡pagos nine years running.
June 5, 2010 – June 12, 2010
Wild Alaska: SOLD OUT
Rate: $3,895 per person
Why we picked it: This great price doesn't sacrifice comfort or wildlife-viewing opportunities. Included in the program are stays in both Denali National Park and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. It also features the marine creatures and tidewater glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park-a wonderfully diverse eight-day program. The tour company for this Expedition was recently awarded the Adventure Green Alaska gold-level certification for meeting the highest standards of economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
June 13, 2010 – June 18, 2010
Hiking the Canyon Parks of Southern Utah
Rate: $2,795 per person
Why we picked it: Walk the trails less traveled, and journey to places seldom-seen…exactly what you'd expect on a journey with Off the Beaten Path's expert guides. Discover mesmerizing landscapes and geological wonders, not to mention the region's unique wildlife. Our itinerary features easy to moderate hiking through some of the American Southwest's most beautiful spotsâZion and Bryce Canyon national parks, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Great food, great sites, and great people are all hallmarks of this canyon-rich itinerary.
July 19, 2010 – July 26, 2010
Classic Discovery Voyage to Prince William Sound
Rate: $4,150 per person
Why we picked it: Discover Prince William Sound aboard a five cabin, 10-guest vessel of amazing exclusivity and opportunity. Guides reveal wildflower meadows, rainforest trails, calving glaciers, and of course, innumerable wildlife encounters. Enjoy their intimate knowledge, elegant service, and unmatched passion for Alaska's wonders. The tour company for this Expedition was recently awarded the Adventure Green Alaska gold-level certification for meeting the highest standards of economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
July 26, 2010 – July 30, 2010
Whale Sharks, Crocodiles and Sea Turtles
Rate: $1,750 per person
Why we picked it: With beautiful beaches and Maya culture, the Yucatan Peninsula is also the perfect destination for tropical wildlife. Journey to the world's densest concentration of whale sharks, while at night we hope to observe baby turtles emerging from nesting sites. As for the crocs-join biologists and participate in a population study!
July 31, 2010 – August 7, 2010
Isle Royale Wilderness Sojourn: SOLD OUT! NEW DATES ADDED JULY 31-AUGUST 7, 2010
Rate: $3,195 per person
Why we picked it: Ready to discover one of the best of "America's Best Idea"? NWF is proud to be joining forces with the National Parks Conservation Association to offer this Expedition to one of the true hidden gems of our National Park System. Isle Royale National Park is a roadless paradise in the vast inland sea of Lake Superior, and home to tantalizing concentrations of moose and wolves.
October 15, 2010 – November 19, 2010
The Polar Bears of Churchill, Canada
Rate: From $4,595
Why we picked it: The gathering of polar bears in Churchill is an event so amazing and magnificent, we couldn't just pick one date. Explore all the options provided by our prefered partner Natural Habitat Adventures. Discover polar bears on the trip that is perfect for you.
November 7, 2010 – November 19, 2010
Classic Adventure to Costa Rica
Rate: $2,950 per person
Why we picked it: Both the dates and price are correct-this is a nearly two-week trip for the price of most programs half as long. Take in famous national parks and exclusive reserves, join in a service project to give back to the local community, and learn from expert guides throughout…all while discovering some of the planet's most diverse wildlife populations.
December 15, 2010 – December 19, 2010
Baja Escape: Exploring the Sea of Cortez
Rate: $1,791 per person
Why we picked it: This great getaway trip before the holidays is the ultimate refresher for the mind, body, and soul. Surrounded by the pristine islands and inlets of the Sea of Cortez, our 62-passenger expedition vessel carries us into a world teeming with wildlife, including whales, dolphins, reef fish and sea lions