North Branch Nature Center has a rich history of leading world-class expeditions to the planet's wildest destinations. In 2019, join NBNC on life-changing adventures to Ecuador,Costa Rica, and Yellowstone.
Whether it's macaws in the rainforest or grizzlies in the mountains, witness nature's most enchanting faces and places with NBNC.
“The best part? Seeing the magnificent country… Smelling the sagebrush and stinky paint pots, tasting the huckleberries, feeling sticky pine resin and slick petrified wood, watching weather pile in over the mountains, and Greater Sage Grouse dancing on their leks... savoring the grandeur and the silence, and learning from a seasoned naturalist how it all fits together.”
--Judy Brook, NBNC Yellowstone participant

Our 2019 Adventures Abroad

Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), also known as tunki.
Amazing Ecuador
March 24 - April 6, 2019 | $4,750
Watch hummingbirds by the score and flocks of tanagers streaming though the canopy. Immerse yourself in the avian wonders of Southern Ecuador! More Info and Full Itinerary
Yellowstone: Journey to the Wild
May 21 - 27, 2019 | $2,950

Watch wolves, bears, birds, bison, moose, elk, and much more in the heart of "America's Serengeti." More Info and Full Itinerary

Birding Costa Rica
November 10 - 23, 2019 | $3,950
Scarlet Macaws, Resplendent Quetzals, Snowcap Hummingbirds, and unforgettable ecosystems will make for the experience of a lifetime. More Info and Full Itinerary

Why Travel with NBNC?

  • Expert leadership by veteran guides and world-class naturalists.
  • Small-group excursions with a family of inquisitive and fun fellow travelers.
  • Programs customized to maximize bird and wildlife viewing.
  • Destinations and itineraries chosen by and for the NBNC community.
  • Competitive pricing that supports NBNC's mission.

About your Guides

North Branch Nature Center has been offering natural history adventure trips for over 20 years. Since 1996, Executive Director and expert birder Chip Darmstadt has guided NBNC excursions to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Spain, Ecuador, as well as stateside locations like Magee Marsh and Monhegan Island. The neotropics are Chip’s favorite destinations, where he can share with travelers Skulky Antpittas, swarms of hummingbirds, and veritable rainbows of tanagers.
Staff Naturalist Sean Beckett joined the NBNC team in 2017 after years of guiding wildlife and nature excursions across North America. When he's not leading natural history programs right here at North Branch or across the Northeast, Sean brings travelers to bison herds in Yellowstone, the threshold of wolf dens in Grand Teton National Park, the chasms of radiant canyons in the desert southwest, and the kingdom of polar bears along the shores of the Hudson Bay.
For more information about our adventures afar, please contact [email protected]