COMING SOON-- WORKSHOPS
What really goes in the blue bin
--and what doesn't
Deepen your outdoor experience
--Use a topo map and compass
COMING SOON-- PHOTO GALLERY
Browse photos of a coming tour
--or of the tour you just took
ARMCHAIR TOUR! Movie: Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America
--Chronicles the life and times of David Brower, the Sierra Club's legendary first Executive Director. --An avid mountain climber, he led campaigns to protect national parks and other wildlands in the 1950s through the 1990s.
-- He inspired millions of Americans to become environmentalists!
Book: California's Wild Gardens: A Living Legacy
--From the California Native Plant Society (www.cnps.org)
--If you lived to be 100 and hiked every day throughout California, you couldn't see as many species of wildflowers and different habitats as in this beautiful book. A biodiversity feast for the eyes!
Music: Beethoven's 6th Symphony, the Pastoral
--By Ludwig von Beethoven
--Portions of this symphony, composed two centuries ago, provide the soundtrack for parts of Walt Disney's animated 1940 film, Fantasia. Whether you've seen it or not, hear the entire masterpiece that paints a peaceful rural landscape in music, as a storm moves over it.
TOUR TIP Summer in the San Francisco Bay Area means lower temperatures at the coast and hot temperatures inland. Always carry water, and dress in layers, because the day can warm up, then cool off again before sunset. It can be 60 degrees F., windy, and cool on the Golden Gate Bridge at the same time it's 97 degrees F., hot, and no wind at Mount Diablo, just 30 miles inland!
CUSTOMIZE Not sure which tour is right for you? Special event coming up? A topic you're especially interested in?
No worries about marauding grizzlies, though -- the Bay Area's last grizzly was shot at Bonny Doon Mountain, only a few miles away from Waddell Creek, in 1886. The grizzly is California's official state animal, seen on the state flag, but it's been extinct in California since the 1920s!
About David D. Schmidt at CaliforniaNatureTours.com
About California Nature Tours & David D. Schmidt
Enjoy fun and flexible outdoor tours from David D. Schmidt full of the magic of "Eco-History". "Eco-History" combines ecology and human history to unlock hidden secrets of the past. Come with us to really see the beautiful landscapes of the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California!
Experienced and flexible, David addresses your interests, respects your effort level, and ensures your safety.
Fascinating and Fun Eco-History on Every Tour
As a 5th generation San Franciscan, David shares the secrets of an intrepid local environmentalist. You'll be amazed by how people have changed --and protected-- the land, waterways, and plants.
I’ve loved Nature ever since my grandfather took me on my first walk in San Francisco California’s undeveloped McLaren Park when I was five years old.
It must have been towards the end of the rainy season. Beyond the asphalt streets and blocks of row houses, a muddy trail beckoned us into green rolling hills, and a rivulet of clear water coursed through the meadow at our feet. It was a whole new magical world. Around that time, he told me his memories of surviving the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, and of building a kite so big it dragged him across a field where houses now stood.
Soon I was hooked on California’s natural and human stories, a passion I pursued in sports, university studies, at the EPA, and for the last 15 years leading hikes and tours. I’ve also worked hard to protect California’s incomparable natural landscapes with groups including the Greenbelt Alliance, San Bruno Mountain Watch, and the Golden Gate National Parks’ Habitat Restoration Team.
And now, I've created California Nature Tours where I unlock for you the magic hidden to the untrained eye while we smell the plants, observe wildlife, taste wild foods, feel the sun and fog, hear the streams and surf, and relive the stories of those who came before. See you soon!
Action Alert Keep the Bay Area Beautiful, join Greenbelt Alliance! If you live in California, join the Greenbelt Alliance. Since 1958, Greenbelt Alliance has been helping citizen groups all around the San Francisco Bay Area to limit sprawl developments and promote liveable, walkable cities. The Bay Area didn't have to be this way. It could have gone the way of Los Angeles. But thanks to the Greenbelt Alliance and its local partners, the Bay Area's hills (and some of its valleys) are still green.
The redwoods were AMAZING! . . . a truly magical experience . . . I felt transported to another world, every step
yielding amazing sights, and
David has so much knowledge
about the flora and fauna
as well as local and national history . . .
I highly recommend David's unique personalised tours . . .
You'll remember it always, I know I will!
I was thrilled to find
California Nature Tours--
a San Francisco Bay treasure!
My tours to Muir Woods and
Point Reyes National Seashore
were relaxing, educational, and just magnificent.
I highly recommend David Schmidt and California Nature Tours.
You will come away feeling great and knowing you have seen California through the eyes of someone extraordinary.
You will love it!
Ms. G. K.
We really loved your wildflower tour, it was
a FANTASTIC day.
Beth M., Australia
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.