Naturalist Hikes in the Twin Valleys
Discover scenic beauty while receiving a natural history education from expert guides with a wealth of knowledge of Yosemite National Park. James McGrew and David Lukas will each lead groups on tours that reveal the Natural History of Yosemite including its geology, flora, fauna, and the original inhabitants of the park. Specialty Birding Tours led by David Lukas will also highlight the week’s events.
YOSEMITE VALLEY NATURE HIKE with James McGrew
Time: 10:00 am
This 5 hour introductory walk through Yosemite Valley will be our first event and will be led by James McGrew. He will expertly guide you through the valley to discover its vast beauty while discussing the natural history of this remarkable place. Participants will have ample opportunities to absorb the area’s budding spring wildflowers while uncovering the incredible vistas that have inspired visitors since 1855. We will stroll along trails that will explore the booming waterfalls and iconic peaks of the Valley of Ahwahnee. Tour will last five hours and will provide you with ample opportunities for spectacular photographs.
YOSEMITE VALLEY HALF DAY BIRDING TOUR with David Lukas
Time: 9:00 am
Find some of Yosemite ‘s many birds with a naturalist on this tour throughout the productive areas surrounding Yosemite Valley. 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.
Tour subject to a 2 person minimum.
HETCH HETCHY NATURAL HISTORY and BIRDING TOUR with David Lukas
Time: 9:00 am
Explore the natural features of Yosemite’s twin Valley where you will discover many species of plants, wildflowers, birds, and other living creatures with a naturalist on this tour through the Hetch Hetchy Valley. We will travel on foot in search of target birds and habitats while learning the natural history of the “Tuolumne Yosemite”. Tours will last approximately six hours.