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Naturalist Tours

YExplore has guided tours in Yosemite National Park for groups of all ages in every season. We guarantee smaller rosters for a better experience on your Yosemite tour. We will customize a tour for you with any group size. All tours have a privacy option. See all the options below and book, call or email tours@yexplore.com today.

Unique Naturalist Experiences in Yosemite National Park

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Full Day Transect Birding Tour From $275

Spend a day in Yosemite with a naturalist as we transect through the park in search of diverse ecosystems.  (Note: This tour may be modified to search for certain target species ). Tours will last approx.eight hours.
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Yosemite Private Full-Day Nature Tour From $275

Join a naturalist as we gradually ascend to a spectacular viewpoint on the rim of Yosemite Valley where Half Dome looms directly in front of you as you peer down into the valley below. Return hike meanders through a superb example of old growth forest, giving us a chance to explore this unique ecosystem.
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Naturalist Walk: Amongst The Wildflowers From $175

Find some of Yosemite’s many diverse wildflowers with a naturalist on this tour to a region of the park with abundant displays.
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Yosemite Nature Tour by James McGrew

Enroll in our Nature Excursion Series as Yosemite naturalist guides David Lukas, Dan Webster, James McGrew, and Pete Devine share knowledge of their favorite places with individuals eager to connect with the ecosystems of Yosemite National Park. Learn about the unique natural history and ecological roles of the flora and fauna while connecting with the outdoor world of the Sierra Nevada. Half Day Yosemite Nature Tours will last approximately five hours while the Naturalist Transect will be an all day event. Each excursion requires a minimum of two participants.

All of our Yosemite Nature Tours are private outings.
Outings with David, Dan, or Pete are offered throughout the year. Please call for their availability or the availability of other staff naturalists.
Choose from the following offerings:

Half Day Yosemite Private Nature Tours

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Yosemite Sequoia Ecology Nature Walk by James McGrew
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Half Day Nature Hike Prices:2 Person Minimum ($175 per person)

Yosemite Valley

Join a naturalist as we journey through Yosemite Valley. Learn about the unique natural history and ecological roles of the flora and fauna. Tours will last approximately five hours

Elizabeth Lake

Join a naturalist as we journey from Tuolumne Meadows toward this magnificent lake perched at the foot of peaks dramatically carved by glaciers. Learn about forest and meadow creatures along the way.

Merced Grove or Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

Join a naturalist as we meander among giant sequoias, some of the largest trees in the world. Learn about their unique life history and ecological roles. (Also Available- Sentinel Dome & Lembert Dome)
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Yosemite Naturalist Walk by James McGrew

Full Day Yosemite Private Nature Tours (Hikes)

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Full Day Nature Hike Prices:
2 Person Minimum ($275 per person)

North Dome

Join a naturalist as we gradually ascend to a spectacular viewpoint on the rim of Yosemite Valley where Half Dome looms directly in front of you as you peer down into the valley below. Return hike meanders through a superb example of old growth forest, giving us a chance to explore this unique ecosystem. (Also Available- Mt. Hoffman, 10 Lakes Pass)

Full Day Yosemite Private Nature Tours (Transect Tours)

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Yosemite Naturalist Transect by David Lukas

Full Day Transect Tour Prices:
2 Person Minimum ($275 per person)Yosemite Valley , Foresta, Olmstead Point, Tenaya Lake, and Tuolumne Meadows Join us on a one-day “naturalist’s transect” that will introduce you to the full range of ecological zones in the park. Imagine yourself traveling from the Valley floor to Tioga Pass and learning about all the plant communities, birds, flowers, and animals along the way in one complete day! Wow! We will travel in our own cars and make shorter stops at a variety of sites.

 YOSEMITE WILDFLOWER TOURS

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Yosemite Wildflower Nature Walk by David Lukas
Each year, wildflowers blanket the Sierra Nevada. Yosemite is the home to several unique species that can be found throughout spring and summer. With dynamic shifts in elevation, Yosemite is the perfect place to watch the progression of the flowers as they move from the foothills to the high country.

Half Day Private Yosemite Wildflower Walk

Find some of Yosemite’s many diverse wildflowers with a naturalist on this tour to a region of the park with abundant displays. Tours will last approximately five hours and have a 2 person minimum.
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Half Day Wildflower Walk Prices:
2 Person Minimum ($175 per person)

Full Day Private Yosemite Transect Wildflower Tour

Spend a day in Yosemite with a naturalist as we transect through the park in search of diverse wildflowers. This car caravan tour will introduce you to a full range of Yosemite wildflowers with shorter stops at each site. Tours will last approximately eight hours and have a 2 person minimum..
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Full Day Wildflower Transect Prices:
2 Person Minimum ($275 per person)

 YOSEMITE BIRDING TOURS

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Yosemite Birding Walk by David Lukas
Whether you are someone who just loves looking at birds or an expert looking to track down specialty birds of the western mountains, we can create a custom birding package to match your needs. Your guide on these remarkable tours will be David Lukas, co-author of the forthcoming “Field Guide to Sierra Nevada Birds” and a local bird expert with 15 years experience leading bird tours in the Sierra Nevada.
Half Day Private Birding Tour
Crane Flat, Foresta, and Yosemite Valley Find some of Yosemite ‘s many birds with a naturalist on this tour through some of the park’s most productive habitats. We will travel in our own cars and make stops that focus on target birds or habitats with long stops at each site. (Note: This tour may be modified to search for certain target species or to take advantage of shifting bird populations.) Tours will last approximately five hours and have a 2 person minimum.
Half Day Birding Tour Prices:
2 Person Minimum ($175 per person)
Full Day Transect Birding Tour
Spend a day in Yosemite with a naturalist as we transect through the park in search of diverse ecosystems. This car caravan tour will introduce you to a full range of Yosemite habitats with shorter stops at each site. (Note: This tour may be modified to search for certain target species or to take advantage of shifting bird populations). Tours will last approximately eight hours and have a 2 person minimum.
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Full Day Private Birding Transect Prices:
2 Person Minimum ($275 per person)
All Yosemite Nature Tours are private.
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