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What really goes in the blue bin
--and what doesn't
Deepen your outdoor experience
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--or of the tour you just took

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 (
--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.

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!

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Back in 1875 logger William Waddell became the San Francisco Bay Area's last man to be killed by a grizzly bear. You can retrace his final steps along the waterway named after him, Waddell Creek, on our Redwoods and Waterfalls Walking (or mountain bike) Tour.

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!

Waddell Creek is also a great place for an easy 2-day backpack trip in the redwoods -- only three miles each way, and no uphill. If you're interested, let us know when you'd like to go.
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Whales, Seals, Deer and Elk: Point Reyes Wildlife

Whales, seals, deer, and elk: At Point Reyes National Seashore, you can see the Bay Area's biggest wild animals in their natural habitat. Migrating whales offshore, huge elephant seals on a secluded beach, deer and endangered Tule elk grazing in the hills. And all within 50 miles of San Francisco!

Whales, Seals, Deer and Elk of Pt. Reyes

  • Biggest wildlife tour in Bay Area
  • Point Reyes National Seashore
  • See huge Tule elk elephant seals
  • Wide open spaces
  • 7yrs, 2m/3k, 10hrs
  • $79 USD
  • Wildflowers in Spring
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Whales, Seals, Deer and Elk in Point Reyes

Around San Francisco, people don't expect to see big game. But it's there if you know where to look in Point Reyes National Seashore, a vast natural landscape of hills, forests, grasslands, beaches, and ocean that begins just 30 miles north of San Francisco. Bring your binoculars (or borrow ours) and camera, and you'll see some of the biggest and rarest wild animals of the West Coast -- whales, elephant seals weighing up to 6,000 lbs., deer, and Tule elk. These animals were nearly wiped out by hunting, but are now protected and staging a comeback. In between wildlife spots, we'll stop for lunch at an idyllic, sheltered beach on Tomales Bay. This is an all-day, 10-hour tour for those who start in San Francisco (transportation included), or an eight-hour tour for those who prefer to start at Olema.

Meet at: We provide transportation from any location in San Francisco, as well as SFO Airport, and back.

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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!
Kim H.
Manchester, England

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.
Washington, D.C.

We really loved your wildflower tour, it was
Beth M., Australia

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
John Muir

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
John Muir