Lead Naturalist Hiking Guide
Yosemite Nature Tours
Yosemite Adventure Hikes
Pete Devine has been living and working in Yosemite for the past 25 years, and is delighted to share this remarkable place with all who wish to join him. He grew up in New England, exploring its rocky coasts, forests and mountains before moving to Colorado to earn a degree in biology. While in the Centennial State, he worked as a river guide, naturalist, archeologist, and national park ranger. His travels and work have taken him throughout the world to hike, bicycle, and birdwatch.
As a naturalist guide in Yosemite, Pete likes to add a human dimension to the natural world whenever possible. Beyond just the name of a plant, bird or a peak, he’ll provide background on Galen Clark, T.M. Brewer, or G.W. Steller. He is also quick to share a John Muir quote or a Latin translation. Within the park, Pete is recognized as a Yosemite expert, especially regarding Muir and other park history. He likes pursuing the behind the scenes stories behind the stories. One of his favorite aspects of being an interpretive guide is meeting people who are drawn to make their own in depth discoveries.
In Yosemite, Pete has directed the education programs of Yosemite Institute (NatureBridge) and then Yosemite Conservancy for many years. His many duties during his tenure in Yosemite have included training park rangers, surveying glaciers, presenting and speaking at numerous conferences held inside the park, and appearing on camera for documentaries made about the national park. He is the talent in the viral ‘Yosemite Frazil Ice’ Nature Notes video. Pete is Yosemite’s first Master Educator in Leave No Trace and has certified about 200 LNT Trainers. He was a top graduate of the Ranger Academy and has been Wilderness First Responder certified for many years.He has led trips to Huangshan and Jiuzhaigou National Parks, Yosemite’s sister parks in China.
Pete served as a board officer for two nonprofits, and has been honored to preside at the weddings of several Yosemite friends. He enjoys his time backpacking, skiing, bicycling, and hiking whenever he can. Pete is happily married to the park archeologist.
NATURE EXCURSIONS IN YOSEMITE
Enroll in our Nature Excursions Series as Pete Devine shares knowledge of his favorite places with individuals eager to explore the natural history of Yosemite. Hiking Tours will last approximately five hours while the Naturalist Transect will be an all day event. Each excursion requires a minimum of two participants.
- Yosemite Naturalist Hikes
- Yosemite Half & Full Day Naturalist Hikes & Transects
- Birding Tours in Yosemite
- Specialty & Transect Birding Tours
- Wildflower Tours in Yosemite
- Wildflower Walks & Transect Tours
Outings with Pete are offered throughout the year. Please call 80-886-8009 for his availability.