Natural Habitat Adventures

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About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures (Nat Hab) has been a world leader in responsible adventure travel and ecotourism since 1985. The company’s eco-conscious expeditions and nature-focused small-group tours led by renowned Expedition Leaders explore the planet’s most remarkable natural destinations. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, Nat Hab has always been a visionary and pioneer in the realm of sustainability, becoming in 2007 the world’s first 100-percent carbon-neutral travel company. Today Nat Hab offers approximately 100 nature adventures from Antarctica to Zambia. Polar bear tours in Churchill, Canada, Galapagos small-ship cruises, Alaska grizzly bear encounters and African safaris are among a multitude of artfully crafted nature journeys conducted by professional naturalist guides. Since 2003, NHA has been the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading conservation organization, operating WWF’s travel programs and donating to the non-profit’s global conservation efforts. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife.

Nature-Based Travel

Natural Habitat Adventures’ hallmark is small-group travel that focuses on nature and wildlife. From its inception the company has immersed its guests in the diverse wonders of the natural world. In addition to its traditional nature adventures, Nat Hab also offers programs that align with specific interests. These specialized offerings include:

  • Natural Habitat Photo Tours, led by some of the world’s best nature photography instructors and naturalist guides
  • Natural Habitat Expeditions, a slate of active nature journeys that feature hiking, kayaking, sailing and/or snorkeling, to unusual or less-traveled destinations
  • Family Adventures, tailored to multiple generations, where Expedition Leaders understand the needs of all ages and abilities to ensure a fun, exciting and worry-free adventure
  • Natural Habitat Safaris, the company’s own Africa-based operation that includes permanent and mobile safari camps showcasing the natural and cultural highlights of East Africa
  • Private Custom Adventures, exclusive journeys for private parties available in select destinations worldwide

Unique and Authentic Itineraries

Nat Hab travelers seek more than the standard, done-before tour most commonly found in today’s travel marketplace. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted, one-of-a-kind experiences that are far from “typical.”

Sampling of Adventures

  • Classic Polar Bear Adventure – Guests come face-to-face with the "King of the Arctic"! Nat Hab’s flagship polar bear tour is an expertly guided small-group adventure to see the world's largest concentration of polar bears in their natural habitat.
  • Base Camp Greenland – 2015 debut! Clients experience the stunning Arctic landscape of Greenland's remote east coast from Nat Hab’s new luxury expedition camp. Guests explore by boat, kayak, and hikes over tundra and ice.
  • Galapagos Hiking & Kayaking Adventure – Clients hike and paddle in places not included on typical trips. These catamaran-based adventures offer exclusive access to locations that are inaccessible to most Galapagos travelers.
  • Secluded Botswana Safari – This classic safari encompasses the best private wildlife reserves in the Okavango Delta and beyond, plus Victoria Falls. Guests experience Africa at its most authentic, with a maximum of just 8 guests.
  • Great Kenya Migration Safari – The world's most incredible wildlife events are the annual migrations of animals. Africa's most classic safari destination–Kenya–is home to the massive movement of creatures that constitute the Great Migration!
  • Alaska’s Coastal Grizzlies: Kodiak to Katmai – Cruising just offshore on a private chartered ship allows unparalleled access for giant brown bear watching, in the most intimate of contexts.

What Luxury Means to Natural Habitat Adventures

To Nat Hab, “luxury” encompasses the overall experience its travelers enjoy. Beyond the welcome creature comforts all trips include, “luxury” is staying at a mobile lodge positioned on the remote tundra in the heart of prime polar bear habitat, accessing a chartered aircraft to go deeper into the Alaskan bush, or putting on a pair of night-vision goggles to view wildlife after sunset. “Luxury” means intimate contact with nature and wildlife while venturing well off the beaten path with the best Expedition Leaders in the business.

World’s Finest Expedition Leaders

Despite all the intricate planning that goes into creating a superlative nature adventure, a successful trip can only happen with an extraordinary guide at the helm. Nat Hab has earned the reputation for employing the finest collection of naturalist Expedition Leaders on the planet. No other company undertakes as rigorous a vetting process and in-depth guide training. In addition, Nat Hab guides receive training and resources from World Wildlife Fund's team of scientists–exclusively available to Nat Hab as World Wildlife Fund’s travel partner–allowing the company to safely make the claim that Nat Hab’s guides are the best in the business.

Smallest Groups

Meaningful nature encounters, by definition, cannot take place in large groups. That's why Nat Hab trips average just eight or nine travelers, by far the smallest groups in the industry. A small group not only guarantees wildlife encounters that are much more likely and personal, it also ensures a lower-impact presence in the planet's special places we all love and wish to protect.

Exciting Accommodations

For convenience and economy, most tour companies utilize chain hotels and big lodges that are often overrun with hordes of tourists. Nat Hab recognizes that superb nature adventures require the quiet and seclusion of remotely located luxury camps and lodges that become an integral part of the overall experience. Nat Hab’s goal is to get travelers as close to nature as possible without sacrificing comfort.

Typical Client

Natural Habitat Adventures’ key clientele is the traveler who is active yet doesn’t typically want hard-core trekking or uncomfortable camping. Clients value a genuine immersion in nature but want plenty of creature comforts wherever possible. Luxurious accommodations are not as high a value as the value of an outstanding guide and the luxury of proximity to wildlife and stunning natural settings, though many of the camps and inns the company uses are indeed luxurious. Often repeat guests, Nat Hab travelers are passionate about nature and wildlife. Ages range from 8 to 80, with the majority falling between 50 and 70.  On family-specific trips, extra guides are added and age-appropriate activities are planned to engage and inspire children.

Nat Hab is World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) Travel Partner

Natural Habitat Adventures recognizes strength in community when it comes to protecting our planet and its wild inhabitants. Because of Nat Hab’s commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of its worldwide adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading conservation organization, named Natural Habitat Adventures as its global travel partner. Together, they share a commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the planet’s wondrous natural places. See: http://www.nathab.com/wwf/

Commitment to Conservation & Communities

Conservation is at the forefront of everything Natural Habitat Adventures does. The company’s philosophy on environmentally responsible travel is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities. Nat Hab believes that travel has the power to protect wildlife, support people and preserve cultural heritage – principles the company views not only as its goal, but its responsibility. To that end, it is worth noting:

  • Nat Hab’s relationship with World Wildlife Fund benefits travelers by opening up a wealth of information, connections and resources that clients benefit from.
  • Conservation travel benefits the planet through relationships with program partners selected for their commitment to maximizing social and economic benefits for local communities. Wherever possible, services and supplies are sourced locally. Local hires, guides and support staff are given the opportunity to develop sustainable skills and are paid a fair wage.
  • Nat Hab’s conservation passion nurtures, awakens and inspires a conservation ethos in travelers who become motivated to make substantial donations to critical conservation projects, and to testify how their immersion in a conservation project has added meaning to their travels – and to their lives.

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Natural Habitat Adventures Unveils New Philanthropic Effort to Boost Local Conservation and Community Projects Around the World

BOULDER, CO, Dec. 27, 2017 – Natural Habitat Adventures has launched Nat Hab Philanthropy, a new initiative to help fund grassroots conservation and community development projects in the places where they operate. As the conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund and the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, Nat Hab has led the way in showcasing travel’s positive on-the-ground influence around the globe. This new philanthropic program continues to raise the bar on their sustainability commitment.

Nat Hab Philanthropy expands and formalizes a program to help finance local projects in the destinations that host Natural Habitat’s travelers. While the company has long cast its support toward local projects around the world, Nat Hab Philanthropy expands a focus on community-led projects, from sustainable development to education, to science -- and ensures much larger financial contributions to boost these efforts.

Nat Hab Philanthropy is contributing to 13 grassroots projects in this year. These financial commitments provide a tangible boost for wildlife and community projects near endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, in communities surrounding polar bears in the Arctic, around monarch butterfly roosting sites in Mexican fir forests, and on the ground with scientists studying wolves in Yellowstone and the elusive aye-aye lemur in Madagascar.

These are the projects where Nat Hab Philanthropy dollars are making a difference:

  • Ride4AWoman: Uganda’s Buhoma village women started a successful bike rental business outside Bwindi National Park that is seeding other women-owned entrepreneurial efforts.
  • Mbuga School Shelter: Ndali Lodge, where Nat Hab’s Uganda gorilla safaris stay, is building a secondary school building, adding much-needed classrooms for local kids.
  • Bwindi Community School: Helping raise the barfor students from kindergarten to college who live near endangered Uganda’s mountain gorillas, a local school gets six new flush toilets.
  • Primary School in Karatu: Inspired by visits while on safari in Tanzania, Nat Hab Philanthropy is now the Gyekrumalambo Primary Schools primary benefactor.
  • Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership: As one of Madagascar’s least understood and rarest animals, the elusive aye-aye lemur is getting closer study to better understand how to save it from extinction.
  • Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre: Nat Hab has adopted Wawa, a sun bear in Borneo, covering a full year of her care in hope that she will eventually be released back into the wild.
  • Yellowstone Forever Wolf Project: Wolf research and monitoring in Yellowstone is critical to the long-term health of wild wolves, and Nat Hab continues to fully fund the collaring of one wolf for a year.
  • Punta Banco Sea Turtle Nesting Project: Community-wide efforts have helped save and relocate hundreds of turtle nests in Costa Rica, and Nat Hab has adopted 50 nests in support of the overall turtle protection program.
  • Glacier National Park Climate Film: A Nat Hab Expedition Leader is making a film about how climate change affects pristine and fragile environments, and Glacier National Park is a prime example of these changes.
  • Garifuna Community School: Founded to sustain cultural identity and values within Belize’s Garifuna people, this school is buying traditional attire and drums for local celebrations and performances.
  • Monarch Mural Restoration: A colorful mural depicting local history at the center of Angangueo, the epicenter for monarch butterfly ecotourism in Mexico, will get a full-scale restoration.
  • Churchill Anglican Church Restoration: Aniconic building used for community and visitor programs in this small northern community known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World is receiving some much-needed upgrades.
  • Wild Macaw Project: Costa Rica’s Wild Macaw Association is getting support for ecological research, habitat protection and community development surrounding the scarlet macaw’s native habitat.

The process for selecting Nat Hab Philanthropy projects is a company-wide initiative, inclusive of input from Expedition Leaders, local partners all over the world and operations in Boulder, CO. Following an official request for proposals, Natural Habitat Adventures received a wide range of requests for financial support. Upon scrutinizing the proposals, Nat Hab staff voted to select the final Nat Hab Philanthropy recipients.

“Nat Hab Philanthropy is helping get important on-the-ground projects the funding they need. Our grants are supporting sustainable community development and science. That helps bolster local resources and raise the bar for protecting them. And that is how you help protect the fragile places on this brilliant planet,” says Nat Hab Director of Sustainability Court Whelan, who manages the company’s philanthropy program.

Nat Hab continues to show that conservation travel makes a difference. Tourism dollars provide crucial income to local communities, and in turn,these communities are seeing that natural resources are valuable when they are left intact. For details about Nat Hab Philanthropy and the grassroots projects it supports, visit https://www.nathab.com/sustainability/philanthropy/.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places.  Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2023 in support of WWF’s mission.

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Natural Habitat Adventures Announces New China Itinerary: More Pandas in 2018, Plus Golden Monkeys & Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors

BOULDER, CO, Dec. 19, 2017– Natural Habitat Adventures has upped the already-intensive panda focus on its new itinerary for 2018 departures of The Wild Side of China: A Nature Odyssey. Guests will enjoy even more panda encounters on a fourth in-depth visit to China’s famed giant panda research and breeding bases.

Two more new additions include a chance to observe and photograph golden monkeys up close at a nature reserve in the Minshan Mountains, plus a visit to the famous Terracotta Army in Xi’an.

This 12-day adventure offers the most nature-intensive itinerary in China today, backed by the expertise of the world’s nature travel leader, Natural Habitat Adventures, along with its partner in conservation travel, World Wildlife Fund.

The upgraded itinerary now includes four separate visits to three of China’s panda research, rehabilitation and breeding centers. These world-renowned sites in Sichuan Province are instrumental in China’s successful efforts to bolster panda numbers. Nat Hab guests observe pandas at close range and learn in detail about their care and conservation. At Dujiangyan Panda Base, guests have the exclusive chance to volunteer with aspects of the pandas' care, helping to prepare their food, clean enclosures and engage in other tasks that place them directly into the daily activities of the pandas' caregivers.

Another Nat Hab exclusive is the very rare opportunity to explore native wild panda habitat. Nat Hab alone holds special permits to enter remote sectors of a virtually unvisited nature reserve deep within the Minshan Mountains, where giant pandas live and breed freely. This global biodiversity hotspot is home to some of the world’s most endangered wildlife. While giant pandas are highly elusive and virtually never seen, the possibility does exist – and guests have better chances to see other rare wildlife such as moon bears, takin, blue sheep, serow and golden pheasant.  

At another nature reserve new to the revamped 2018 itinerary, guests enjoy close-up viewing of a large habituated family troop of golden snub-nosed monkeys. It’s a rare opportunity to see and photograph this endangered species that is endemic to a very limited part of central and southwest China.

Scenery takes center stage on a full-day visit to Jiuzhaigou, China’s most renowned national park that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and UN Biosphere Reserve. Walks along scenic boardwalks through a high mountain valley reveal colorful birds and dramatic natural features including steep peaks, ravines, forest, meadows, marshes, wildflowers, and numerous lakes and waterfalls. The park's karst geology has created a series of terraced limestone pools filled with turquoise water flowing over ledges in crystalline cascades.

On the cultural side, guests enjoy an unhurried visit to the famous Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, the ancient Silk Road trading center. One of the most remarkable archaeological finds in history, the site consists of 8,000 life-size soldiers, 100 chariots and 600 horses, none of which is identical. The clay and ceramic army was built to guard the massive mausoleum complex of China’s first emperor who lived from 259–210 B.C.

Theitinerary also includes an overland traverse of the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in northwestern Sichuan where Tibetan villages, prayer wheels, chortens and colorful prayer flags dot the landscape. While dining in the home of a Tibetan family, guests gain insights into this deeply traditional culture.

The per-person double rate, excluding international airfare, is $10,995. The gateway is Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province. Nine departures are scheduled in 2018, of which four are specially designated for photographers. The Wild Side of China Photo Adventure is a photography-focused immersion guided by a naturalist Expedition Leader who is also an expert nature photographer and photography instructor.

All trips are accompanied by a North American NHA Expedition Leader plus a native Chinese naturalist guide whose local expertise enhances the experience immeasurably. This outstanding guide-to-guest ratio ensures expert interpretation and plenty of personalized attention. Optional extensions to Beijing and the Great Wall, or an extra day in Chengdu, can be arranged.

For complete details, please see: https://www.nathab.com/asia-adventure-travel/wild-china-panda-tour/and https://www.nathab.com/asia-adventure-travel/wild-ancient-china-photo-tour/.

 

For information about all of Nat Hab’s trips, including descriptive itineraries, availability and reservations, call 800-543-8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HERE to order a copy of the new 2018 catalog.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places.  Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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World’s First Carbon-Neutral Travel Company Marks a Decade of Pioneering Offsets

BOULDER, CO, Dec. 4, 2017 – Setting the sustainability bar higher than it had ever been set before, Natural Habitat Adventures became the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company in 2007. Now, in 2017, Nat Hab celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its carbon offset program, a groundbreaking endeavor that has since offset more than 34.5 million pounds of CO2 for guests’ nature adventures in destinations all around the globe.

As the conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, Nat Hab noted early the impacts of globetrotting clients on a changing climate. The EPA estimates that about 14 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions are travel-related. Offsetting carbon emissions became mission critical for this nature travel company.

Nat Hab’s carbon offsets encompass every aspect of each adventure—from vehicles on safari in Africa and the American Southwest, to marine diesel in the Galapagos, to energy consumed in lodges all around the world. Carrying through on this promise involves complex calculations—but it’s a commitment that remains core to Nat Hab’s company values as a world leader in conservation travel.

Offsets were a novel idea 10 years ago—something most were dabbling in only on a small scale. Nat Hab partnered with nonprofit Sustainable Travel International to invest the travel company’s offset funds in a variety of high-quality, third-party-verified carbon reduction projects. This early, thorough and visionary action in offsetting guest travel and corporate operations has since caught on in other parts of the travel industry. Nat Hab set the bar high a decade ago, and continues to do so in ways that few companies accomplish on such a broad scale.

Nat Hab’s carbon offset program is standing the test of time with real-deal, boots-on-the ground projects. Each year, a slate of projects is carefully evaluated and assessed for sustainability and viability. Nat Hab’s carbon offsets are currently funding biogas in Vietnam, wind generation in South Dakota and reforestation in Brazil and Tanzania forests. Benefits touch real communities around landscapes where Nat Hab travels. And the company has simplified a process for travelers to offset flights too—with the added bonus that Nat Hab automatically offsets international flights after a guest’s 10th trip.

Nat Hab continues to think globally and raise the bar on conservation. Not only has the adventure travel company offset the carbon output from each and every trip for the past 10 years, but all carbon use from office operations, building emissions and staff flights are offset too.

For information about how Nat Hab offsets carbon emissions and the projects that the Carbon Offset Program supports visit http://www.nathab.com/ sustainability.  

 

For more information about Natural Habitat trips, from polar bear encounters in the Arctic to a safari-style base camp expedition in East Greenland, visit http://www.nathab.com/ or call 800.543.8917. Click HERE to order a copy of the current catalog.

 

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places.  Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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Natural Habitat Adventures Named One of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work

Boulder, CO, Nov. 8, 2017 — Natural Habitat Adventures has been selected as one of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work for the seventh time in 10 years, ranking third among medium-sized companies on the 2017 list of the country’s 100 best workplaces for outdoor enthusiasts. The company earned this recognition for supporting its employees’ active outdoor lifestyles and for its steadfast dedication to protecting wildlife and wild places.

“We’re honored to be among the many Colorado companies on this list,” said Natural Habitat Adventures Founder & President Ben Bressler. “Our employees have created a ‘work hard–play hard’ culture built upon meaningful relationships, hard work, having fun, raising the bar on conservation, and our shared passion for the great outdoors. I am proud of our company’s one-of-a-kind work environment, and I couldn’t be more excited about who we are as a company and the wealth of opportunities ahead.”

“Companies from across the country entered a rigorous two-part survey process to make the winning list,” said Jonah Ogles, Articles Editor at OUTSIDE Magazine. “The Best Companies Group evaluates each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. There’s also an employee survey to measure personal experience.”

Named as the #13 employer overall on OUTSIDE’s list of the Best Places to Work 2017,Natural Habitat Adventures has consistently received recognition for its outstanding workplace environment during the past decade. OUTSIDEselected Natural Habitat Adventures as the #1 “Best Place to Work” in 2011, 2010, and 2008 and the #2 “Best Place to Work” in 2012 and 2009. In May 2017, the company was voted the most exciting company in Colorado during a sold-out Colorado “Companies to Circle” event and awards ceremony hosted by Luke’s Circle (a Denver-Boulder professionals’ community).

Natural Habitat Adventures cultivates and supports its employees’ adventurous lifestyles through a variety of enviable perks, including annual paid travel experiences. Each year, every employee gets to join a company-funded adventure to one of the world’s most extraordinary nature destinations.

Employees working at the Boulder, Colorado, headquarters enjoy access to organic meals provided on site at the company-subsidized café, a state-of-the-art fitness center that hosts group workouts, fully stocked beverages and snacks in a lounge, and the wagging tails of more than a dozen dogs that regularly roam the canine-friendly office. The building is surrounded by parks and open space, with miles of paved and dirt paths that offer ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, complete with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.

A company-sponsored ski house in Colorado’s Summit County serves as a gathering place for employees, their families and friends, providing a communal base camp for mountain adventures. Natural Habitat Adventures employees who choose to bike, carpool, or bus to and from the office earn “Patagonia Points,” redeemable for annual gift cards to that eco-conscious outdoor retailer.

Over the past 32 years that Natural Habitat Adventures has been operating nature journeys, its employees have refined the art of company activities and celebrations, including wacky costumed “festivals,” holiday feasts and parties, monthly evening outings, group hikes, ski days, and most recently, a weekend camping trip packed full of festivities and outdoor adventures.

Although Natural Habitat Adventures is not actively hiring for new positions at this time, the company is always accepting applications, both to staff its headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, and for its worldwide field operations.

The complete list of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2017 is available at OutsideOnline.com. For a list of past winners and for more information on the selection process, visit BestPlacestoWorkOutside.com.

ABOUT NATURAL HABITAT ADVENTURES

Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA) has been a world leader in responsible adventure travel and ecotourism since 1985. The company’s eco-conscious expeditions and nature-focused small-group tours, led by renowned Expedition Leaders, explore the planet’s most remarkable natural destinations. NHA is a visionary and pioneer in sustainability, becoming the world’s first 100-percent carbon-neutral travel company in 2007. Today, NHA offers nearly 100 nature adventures worldwide. Polar bear tours in Churchill, Canada, small-ship Galapagos cruises, Alaska grizzly bear encounters and African safaris are among a wide range of artfully crafted nature journeys conducted by professional naturalist guides. Since 2003, Natural Habitat Adventures has partnered with World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, to offer conservation travel—sustainable travel that supports the protection of nature and wildlife. NHA has provided more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to give 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annually through 2023 in support of WWF’s mission to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife.

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Natural Habitat Adventures Announces New Galapagos & Machu Picchu Trip Linking Two South American Icons in One Seamless Journey

BOULDER, CO, Oct. 4, 2017– Natural Habitat Adventures, the world’s leader in nature-based travel, introduces a new 15-day expedition that pairs Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands with Peru’s Machu Picchu.

“These are two of South America’s quintessential destinations,” says Natural Habitat Adventures founder and president Ben Bressler. “This is a rare opportunity to combine two coveted UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one exclusive itinerary, traveling in a small group with top guides and unprecedented access.”

Galapagos & Machu Picchu: Icons of Nature & Culture combines two of Nat Hab’s most popular trips on a single itinerary. A week of live-aboard Galapagos exploration by private chartered yacht is followed by a land-based journey to Machu Picchu and the Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley.

This comprehensive itinerary adds time for more exploration, circumventing logistical hassles of trying to piece together distinctly different destinations. A professional naturalist Expedition Leader leads guests from start to finish on a rich, interpretive dive into the natural and cultural history of these diverse locations. Small groups ensure a personalized experience.

The trip begins in Quito with a transfer to Ecuador’s Andean Highlands. During a 2-night stay at the deluxe Hacienda Zuleta, guests are immersed in 400 years of colonial history, enjoying locally grown food from the 4,000-acre estate as they look for rare spectacled bears, pumas, condors and owls in habitat protected as part of the estate’s conservation mission.

After a flight to the Galapagos, guests explore the islands aboard the Ocean Spray, a 113-foot luxury motor catamaran. With just 16 passengers accompanied by two Expedition Leaders, this is the best guide-to-guest ratio in the islands. Travelers split into smaller groups for daily snorkeling, panga excursions and walks among iguanas and boobies. Guests also have the option to overnight at Nat Hab’s exclusive private Tortoise Camp, sleeping in a raised canvas safari-style tent or treehouse while ancient tortoises roam freely on the grounds.

On the final leg, travelers fly to Cusco for a 5-day discovery of ancient Inca civilization. Luxurious accommodations include Palacio del Inka in Cusco, the award-winning Sol y Luna boutique hotel in the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, set among orchid gardens along the Urubamba River.

Four departures, capped at 16 travelers each, are offered in 2018: March 29-Apr. 12, June 7-21, Aug. 2-16 and Nov. 8-22. The per-person double rate is $12,995 ($2000 single supplement). Included are activities, accommodations, land transportation as detailed in the itinerary, round-trip train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, airport transfers when using Nat Hab’s preferred hotels, snorkeling gear and wetsuit, all but two meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 15, guiding by Natural Habitat Adventures’ professional Expedition Leaders, most gratuities, taxes and service charges.Internal airfare and park fees are not included.

For complete details please see: http://www.nathab.com/galapagos/machu-picchu-galapagos-adventure/

For information about all of Nat Hab’s trips, including descriptive itineraries, availability and reservations, call 800-543-8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HERE to order a copy of the new 2018 catalog.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places.  Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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Five Reasons Why Natural Habitat Adventures’ NEW Family Botswana Itinerary is a Best Bet for a Multi-Generation Safari

BOULDER, CO, Aug. 15, 2017– Natural Habitat Adventures is rolling out exciting changes in 2018 to its Family Botswana Safari, offering an even more diverse set of destinations, wildlife habitats and activities in a comprehensive yet compact 10-day safari.

“For families, there’s no topping the adventure of an African wildlife safari—and in Africa, it’s tough to top Botswana,” says Ben Bressler, founder and president of Natural Habitat Adventures (http://www.nathab.com/).“Big game and predators are abundant here, and we get amazingly close from our secluded tented camps, deep in the bush on private reserves and far from tourist crowds.”

Bressler shares five new elements of this freshly revamped Family Botswana Safari itinerary that’s designed for multi-generational explorers:

1) A diverse new itinerary includes the Kalahari Desert, Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls. A broad range of ecosystems means a widely varied selection of wildlife throughout the itinerary. Highlights include desert-adapted species in the Kalahari including the famous black-maned lions; big elephant herds in the Moremi Game Reserve along with frequent sightings of lion and leopard; hippo and crocodile in delta waterways; and plentiful plains game frequenting camp waterholes and lagoons.

2) More activities to delight all ages, from a minimum age of 6 up through grandparents. Guests won’t just sit in a Land Rover the entire time: along with classic game drives are bush walks led by Kalahari Bushmen, excursions by boat and canoe, a chance to ride quad bikes across the lunar-like surface of the Makgadikgadi salt pans, a helicopter ride over the Kalahari, a guided tour of Victoria Falls, and an overnight in elevated Skybeds under the stars.

3) Flightsee over the Kalahari by helicopter. Guests fly between camps from the western to eastern side of the Kalahari, surveying the vast Makgadikgadi salt pans (remnants of an ancient lake) below and looking down on roving wildlife. The group is divided among several helicopters, with just 3 passengers in each, so everyone gets a great view.

4) Small camps on private reserves ensure superb wildlife viewing. Intimate bush camps offer outstanding proximity to wildlife. Deluxe camps are chosen for easy access to wildlife viewing areas and are often located right in the middle of them. Meno a Kwena sits on the Boteti River with a view on Africa’s second largest wildebeest and zebra migration (occurring during these departures); Sable Alley overlooks a lagoon featuring lively wildlife activity including a resident hippo pod; and Camp Kalahari is surrounded by uniquely desert-adapted wildlife and a friendly resident colony of meerkats. In Victoria Falls, Ilala Lodge is the closest accommodation to the falls, within walking distance.

5) Sleep under the stars in “Skybeds” in the Okavango Delta. Deep within the private Khwai Reserve, rustic yet comfortable Skybeds give adventurous visitors an opportunity to sleep in the open, safely elevated on 3-story platforms above wildlife below. Skybeds overlook a waterhole that attracts elephant, lion, hyena, eland, zebra and kudu, plus smaller nocturnal creatures. Each lantern-lit Skybed includes a private, enclosed en suite flush toilet. This option is available at Sable Alley Camp.

Other highlights of this family safari include:

·         A small group: Just 13 guests are divided into two smaller groups in two separate safari vehicles for wildlife drives.

·         Open side (“window”) seats for all in 4x4 vehicles used on game drives.

·         Time-saving transfers by chartered light aircraft between camps, maximizing comfort and time on safari while avoiding long drives on rough, dusty roads.

·         A top Expedition Leader with the group from start to finish –chosen not just for naturalist expertise but also for rapport with kids.

·         Local camp guides eager to share personal experience and knowledge.

In 2018, four departures of this 10-day adventure are offered: June 8-17, June 30-July 9, July 13-July 22 and Aug. 3-Aug. 12.

Rates are $10,495 per adult, double (single supplement $2,395) and $7,995 per child ages 6-12 sharing in a twin. The safari begins in Maun, Botswana, and concludes at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Rates include scheduled internal light aircraft flights and helicopter transfer, accommodations, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day, non-alcoholic drinks at camps and in vehicles, house alcoholic beverages in camps, laundry in camps, services of NHA Expedition Leader, local guides and lodge staff, some gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes. For details please see: http://www.nathab.com/family-adventures/family-botswana-safari/.

For information on all of Nat Hab’s trips, descriptive itineraries, date availability and reservations, call 800-543-8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HERE to order a copy of the current catalog.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places.  Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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Natural Habitat Adventures’ Galapagos Fleet Adds 16-Guest M/C Ocean Spray Luxury Catamaran

BOULDER, CO, May 31, 2017 – Expanding its unrivaled experience of personalized wildlife interaction and expert nature interpretation in the Galapagos, Natural Habitat Adventures has added the 16-passenger M/C Ocean Spray to its fleet of privately chartered ships in the islands. Designed for elegance and comfort, the Ocean Spray offers a stylish, intimate immersion for guests traveling from island to island in a live-aboard experience.

As the newest privately chartered expedition yacht in Natural Habitat Adventures’ Classic Galapagos portfolio, this sleek 113-foot motorized catamaran is a high-performance vessel designed for stability and maneuverability—key components for access to landing sites that are inaccessible to larger ships. The Ocean Spray expands Nat Hab’s realm of style and sophistication at sea, including an out-of-the-ordinary itinerary through this volcanic archipelago that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador.

With a pair of top naturalist guides on board, Ocean Spray guests enjoy the lowest guide-to-guest ratio in the islands. The yacht offers an unusual itinerary designed for up-close, private encounters with sea lions, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and more in some of the Galapagos’ most remote and lesser-known areas. The ship is equipped with ample kayaks, snorkel gear and wetsuits for exploration—and guests can ply the Galapagos’ clear waters alongside elegant sea turtles, playful penguins and colorful fish without ever needing to worry about crowds that surround larger ships.

Each Ocean Spray 10-day Classic Galapagos itinerary begins with a trip to the Andean highlands, where guests sleep at a 1691 colonial hacienda, indulge in a locavore Ecuadorian feast and watch for wildlife including Andean condors and spectacled bears. Guests also enjoy an exclusive opportunity to spend a night at Nat Hab’s Tortoise Camp in the Santa Cruz highlands, where wild tortoises roam free as guests slumber in newly renovated raised canvas tents and treehouses.

The itinerary includes a visit to Espanola to swim, kayak, snorkel and explore by panga the prolific wildlife, hidden caves and white sand beaches. On the southern reaches of Isabela, guests visit a sprinkling of islets, a lagoon frequented by sea turtles and the beautiful and twisted lava flows that are home to species that exist nowhere else. And on Fernandina, where birdlife flourishes on black lava rock and sea lions bask in the sun, guests can snorkel in the turquoise sea surrounding the youngest Galapagos island while watching for submerged marine iguanas feed on algae.

“We take great care and pride in selecting only the best small ships for our Galapagos adventures,” explains Ben Bressler, Founder and President of Natural Habitat Adventures (http://www.nathab.com/). “With a range of styles and price-points, from ultra-luxurious to classic and comfortable, our hand-picked fleet offers our guests a gracious and intimate experience on every vessel.”

The Ocean Spray provides eight spacious staterooms and one smaller single cabin, each with a private balcony and en suite bathroom. The ship’s crisp blue and white interiors are accented by gleaming woodwork and stunning Galapagos wildlife photography, while a sprawling third-floor sundeck provides 360-degree views with ample lounge chairs, Jacuzzi and outdoor bar. Additional main deck patio space invites socializing and wildlife watching, while a lounge with panoramic views and plush seating promotes camaraderie and relaxation. Fine meals are served in the air-conditioned main floor dining room or al fresco under a shaded outdoor patio on the upper deck.

Traveling with two expert Nat Hab Expedition Leaders and a crew of Galapagos residents,guests immerse in the islands with expert interpretation and local perspective. This small-group journey sails the Galapagos with acute social and environmental consciousness, leaving the lightest possible footprint.

M/C Ocean Spray is featured on Classic Galapagos: The Natural Habitat Experience, a 10-day itinerary offering the utmost attention to environmental awareness, comfort and service. Rates are from $9595 per person, double, plus internal air, Galapagos Park Fee & Transit Card. For more information, please see: http://www.nathab.com/galapagos/galapagos-islands-adventure/.

For information on all of Nat Hab’s trips, descriptive itineraries, date availability and reservations, call 800-543-8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HERE to order a copy of the current catalog.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places.  Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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Natural Habitat Adventures’ 2017 Wildlife Photo Contest is ON!

Grand Prizes Include Nature Expeditions to Photograph Polar Bears in Churchill, Canada, and Brown Bears in Alaska 

 BOULDER, CO, May 8, 2017– Photographers who love wildlife are invited to submit up to three of their best photos to Natural Habitat Adventures’ 2017 Wildlife Photo Contest. The event is hosted on the company’s Wildlife Photo of the Day website that celebrates the world’s most captivating and stunning wildlife photos. 

Entrants may submit photos between May 1 and 11:59 p.m. MDT on May 31, 2017. The People’s Choice Award voting period is from June 1 to 11:59 p.m. MDT on June 30, 2017. Voters may cast their ballots once a day. Each time someone votes, they receive one entry into a drawing for the chance to win a $500 Visa gift card. 

The contest welcomes photo submissions of animals taken anywhere in the world, as long as the animals are not in captivity of any kind. Photos of animals in wildlife conservancies or wildlife preserves are allowed. All contest entrants and anyone voting must be at least 18 years of age and reside in the U.S. or Canada.

The public will decide the winners of the People’s Choice Award by voting online. The winner of this award will secure a spot on Nat Hab’s Classic Polar Bear Photo Adventure in Churchill, Manitoba. This is a 7-day, 6-night program valued at $7,700. Roundtrip flights are included. Guests spend three full days photographing polar bears on the tundra with expert Photo Expedition Leaders. Just 16 guests will travel aboard custom Polar Rover vehicles with plenty of room to position for superb shots. An exclusive steel-mesh outdoor observation deck provides opportunities for extreme close-ups when bears wander below.

TheExperts’ Choice Award will be determinedby a panel of Nat Hab wildlife photographers and Photo Expedition Leaders. This award winner will travel on Nat Hab’s Great Alaskan Grizzly Photo Adventure to Alaska’s Katmai National Park. This is an 8-day, 7-night program valued at $10,200. Roundtrip flights are included. Guests will photograph giant Alaskan brown bears—the world's largest coastal grizzlies—at very close range in a truly wild and remote setting. Access is facilitated aboard a private small ship that enters the coves and bays the bears frequent. Guests will also walk on shore in the careful company of a veteran Expedition Leader, safely observing the bears from just feet away.

Eight Honorable Mentions (three from People’s Choice voting and five chosen by the expert panel) will win a $150 gift card to B&H Photography Store.

Natural Habitat Adventures launched the Wildlife Photo of the Day website in 2015. An exciting new wildlife image is featured on the platform every day, and each photo includes a link to conservation information provided by World Wildlife Fund. Photo contest entrants may see their entries selected as the featured daily photo on the site.

For information on all of Nat Hab’s trips, descriptive itineraries, date availability and reservations, call 800-543-8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HERE to order a copy of the 2017 catalog.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places. Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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Natural Habitat Adventures & WWF Are Giving Away a Trip to See Millions of Monarch Butterflies In Mexico’s Central Highlands

BOULDER, CO, April 20, 2017– Together with WWF, Natural Habitat Adventures is shining a spotlight on monarch butterfly conservation by giving away an exclusive trip for two to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.

As World Wildlife Fund’s official conservation travel partner, Nat Hab is using the sweepstakes to highlight WWF’s ongoing efforts to save the monarch butterfly. The six-day/five-night prize offers a journey to the front lines of butterfly conservation in Mexico’s Central Highlands.

Entries must be received by April 30, 2017 to be eligible to win this trip to the monarch’s ancestral wintering grounds. The winner will be drawn at random in May 2017 for a 2018 trip. No purchase is necessary. The sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the United States who have reached the legal age of adulthood (age 18 in most states). This offer is void where prohibited, and travel must be completed by March 31, 2018.

For entry details please see: http://wwf.worldwildlife.org/site/PageServer?pagename=WWF_Monarch_Butterfly_Adventure_Giveaway

Nat Hab’s Kingdom of the Monarchs trip visits Mexico’s critical fir forest sanctuaries, where butterflies congregate each year to spend the winter. WWF is working with local rural communities to counter illegal logging, boost responsible tourism and support sustainable economic development—essential elements in helping protect threatened monarch habitat.

The monarch sweepstakes winner and a guestwill make three visits to two monarch sanctuaries where millions of butterflies roost. On horseback and foot with Nat Hab’s naturalist Expedition Leaders, guests explore El Rosario and Chincua butterfly sanctuaries, spending unhurried time watching the monarchs flutter overhead in a swirl of orange gossamer wings.

Travelers will learn about the monarch’s epic migration between Canada and Mexico, a 2,800-mile annual journey that relies on a flyway of milkweed habitat across North America. They will also gain insight into WWF’s work to reduce habitat loss to agriculture, urbanization and herbicide use. Guests visit mountain villages and a traditional market, exemplifying the benefits of butterfly ecotourism for local people.

Nat Hab’s small-group monarch expeditions are limited to 14 participants led by Expedition Leaders who are butterfly experts. All are certified naturalist guides with an average of 19 years’ experience among the monarchs. They also draw upon the resources of WWF’s top scientists.

The trip begins in Mexico City and continues by road to the small mountain hamlet of Anguangeo. Travelers will enjoy the charm and hospitality of local hosts during their stay at a small inn featuring home-cooked meals sourced from fresh local food reflecting the region's cultural heritage.

Back at home, travelers are encouraged to join the “1 Million for Monarchs Squad,” WWF’s effort to engage gardeners in planting milkweed across North America’s monarch migration flyway, saving the butterflies “one backyard at a time.”

Kingdom of the Monarchs adventures are available from January through mid-March 2018. The per-person double rate starts at $3,095. For more details, please see http://www.nathab.com/central-america/monarch-butterfly-tour/

For information on all of Nat Hab’s trips, descriptive itineraries, date availability and reservations, call 800-543-8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HERE to order a copy of the 2017 catalog.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places. Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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Natural Habitat Adventures Introduces New Family-Focused Polar Bear Adventure Over Thanksgiving 2017

BOULDER, CO, Mar. 8, 2017– Young eyes are sure to grow wide with wonder in the Polar Bear Capital of the World as families set out on a new multi-generational wildlife adventure in Churchill, Manitoba this November. Natural Habitat Adventures, a global leader in conservation-focused travel, is leading families on an Arctic wildlife and cultural immersion fromNov. 21-26, a journey to polar bear territory that is sure to spark active imaginations and shape future conservationists.

Churchill Arctic Family Adventureis Natural Habitat Adventures’ newest family-focused tour. This is a 6-day itinerary designed to coincide with the Thanksgiving school holiday. In Churchill, a frontier outpost town on Hudson Bay, families will meet local people and explore the wild landscape that is the native home of polar bears. The active itinerary, available for guests ages 8 and up, introduces families to the frozen North through dog sledding, a helicopter flight over the tundra and a full day searching for polar bears and other Arctic wildlife on one of Nat Hab’s custom-built Polar Rovers. See: http://www.nathab.com/family-adventures/family-arctic-adventure/

“We're making special time and space for families to experience the magic of an encounter with the Arctic,” explains Natural Habitat Adventuresfounder and president, Ben Bressler. “Our family-focused trip is an opportunity you won't find anywhere else.  By taking advantage of a traditional school break and tailoring our activities to maximize action and engagement, we're confident kids will experience wonder and amazement as they explore the tundra ecosystem. And we expect that time spent looking for and learning about polar bears will help inspire the Arctic's future conservationists, too.”

Making transportation convenient, families fly direct from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Churchill on a private chartered aircraft. The adventure begins with a classic northern dog sled ride, as guests are pulled across the ice and snow through the boreal forest. During thisauthentic Arctic experience, guests will hear stories from expert mushers and get to know the sled dogs.

Heading deep into the Arctic landscape, guests spend an entire day aboard Nat Hab’s Polar Rover, a warm, monster-truck-sized transport designed for smooth travel over the tundra. Along the shores of Hudson Bay, guests go in search of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife that may include red fox, moose, caribou, gray wolf, wolverine, mink, marten, lynx, snowy owl, ptarmigan and lemmings. With their white coats and feathers, Arctic hare, Arctic fox and snowy owls provide an extra level of wildlife watching challenge under the camouflage of winter.

Soaring over the tundra and Hudson Bay on a helicopter, guests search for polar bears that may have already headed out onto the sea ice for the winter. Back in Churchill, travelers will hear stories of daily life in this remote Arctic town that’s accessible only by rail or air, learning about local traditions and Inuit, First Nations and Métis heritage, and exploring the area’s history as a fur trading center for the Hudson’s Bay Company.

This active family-focused itinerary is limited to 17 guests. Winnipeg accommodations are at the historic Fort Garry Hotel, an elegant landmark built by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1913. In Churchill, simple hotels are clean, comfortable and centrally located. On Thanksgiving Day, families will share a traditional feast to celebrate the holiday.Throughout the trip, kid-friendly activities will include pizza parties, games and personal encounters with local Churchill residents.

The per-person double rate is $5995 (single supplement $850) and for ages 8-12, $4995. Included are private chartered round-trip flights from Winnipeg to Churchill, accommodations, all meals, cold-weather gearincluding use of a parka and boots during the trip, services of NHA's professional Expedition Leaders and assistants, some gratuities, all activities/entrance fees, evening wildlife and cultural presentations, all taxes and service charges.

Witnessing polar bears in their native habitat helps raise awareness of their plight. Nat Hab (http://www.nathab.com/) runs eight different polar bear-focused trips. Seven itineraries are based in Churchill, home to the Western Hudson Bay polar bear population. More bears congregate here each fall than anywhere else, making this easily accessible destination a prime place to look for polar bears in the wild.

For information on all of Nat Hab’s trips, descriptive itineraries, date availability and reservations, call 800.543.8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HEREto order a copy of the 2017 catalog.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet’s most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab’s itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from “typical.” Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world’s best guides. Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world’s wondrous natural places. Nat Hab has donated more than $2 million to WWF and will continue to donate 1 percent of gross sales plus $100,000 annual through 2018 in support of WWF’s mission.

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