Photographic Documentation Services
If you own or operate a nature tourism venue it is important to know what you have and how to promote it. It is critical to conduct an inventory of the flora and fauna that is found on your property and to have high quality images to show potential guests what they are likely to see when they visit your site.
We offer the following services:
1. We will visit your facility for a period of one to three months to conduct a photographic inventory of the principal landscape features and flora and will attempt to document as many species of wildlife as practical for a digital record of species diversity.
2. We will produce a DVD of images for your use in advertising and education about your facility. You will have full use of these images for whatever such purposes you wish, such as use on your web site, production of art prints for display or sale, use in advertising and publications, and for environmental education. We will retain the right to use the images for our needs in promoting our services, for editorial use and for sales of art prints.
3. We will offer advice and consultation about the best use for the images produced and will assist in the production of educational or promotional brochures and other publications.
The fee for these services is negotiated on an individual basis. You must provide housing and utilities for our stay at your facility. If the property requires a high-clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicle for access, you must provide that as well.
Consulting on Ecotourism and Environmental Education
The interpretive naturalist is primarily a teacher. The tour guide is an outdoor educator. Our experience as educators and naturalists can help you improve your environmental education and ecotourism programs.
Environmental education is essential to preserve the ecotourism industry. Without it there will be few natural areas left and fewer clients willing to spend money to visit them. It is in the best interests of any ecotour leader to educate his/her clientele and the public at large about conservation and preservation of the wild world.
Environmental education prepares people to understand the natural world and the human influences on it. It prepares people to function within the political and social frameworks that impact nature. It inspires people to be a part of nature.
Environmental literacy is based on what we call the Four As. The first step is awareness. At first we become aware; we “see” something for the first time (even if it has been there all along). Next, is appreciation. We need to learn to appreciate what we have seen. Sometimes this is hard because of misinformation, misconceptions, or old prejudices. The third step is advocacy. Once we can appreciate the role of any organism and recognize its right to exist, then we can start to be an advocate for that right. Through advocacy we “speak for the trees.” Many people progress one step farther. They embrace environmental activism. For them, advocacy is not enough. They get personally involved in conservation efforts, recycling programs, environmental education, or a variety of other activities. Inspiring advocacy and activism is the true goal of the environmental educator.
Our fees for consulting on these topics start at $200 per day. Costs may be higher depending on the length of the contract, the need for lodging, meals and other factors.