Birding & Nature Festival: May 1 - 6, 2017

These pages serve as a trip planner for your five-star birding and nature vacation. Check out the daily Speaker & Trip Schedule, refer to Trip Descriptions, see the available Lodging options, meet the expert Trip Leaders, browse past Bird Checklists, and reserve your Spring Festival Registration package.

Speaker & Trip Schedule

All field trips meet at 6am for a hot buffet breakfast in an outdoor pavilion at Burnwood Park (except Monday at the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat). Field trips depart by 7am, and return between 2 and 5pm depending on your trip selections. The Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat hosts informal "Popcorn" Presentation at 3pm, Dinner at 6pm, and the evening Presentation immediately follows dinner. READ MORE

Trip Descriptions

A few are tried-and-true and a few are new. Choose between Gold Standard, Premium, and All-Day trips. We think every trip route and location are equally great; the big differences are the number of participants and guides, mode of transportation, and return time. Some participants choose All-Day trips all week (I lovingly refer to them as "break-neck birders") and some others schedule a day of afternoon down-time...  READ MORE


Our cabin lodging packages feature small homes in beautiful wooded settings with all modern conveniences and utilities, including private hot tubs. When you select a package with lodging, we make your reservations for you at a special rate agreement we have with our partners. Lodging options are on a first-come, first-serve basis. You choose between Opossum Creek Retreat Cabins, Country Road Cabins, [Adventures on the Gorge Cabins FULL], Hemlock Haven Cabins, Oak Hill Holiday Lodge hotel accommodations, or choose a package without lodging.  READ MORE

Trip Leaders

The finest collection of guides at any festival destination anywhere, providing world class instruction for all skill levels with the best guide-to-guest ratio on the festival circuit and opportunities to chat with them over meals and while in transit to and from your field trip destinations. READ MORE

Bird Checklists

To satisfy your curiosity, you can browse available annual NRBNF Bird Species Checklists. READ MORE

Festival Registration

You're ready to start your registration! Options to suit every budget range from week-long cabin accommodations to single day no lodging. Each day offers a great field trip of your choice, three good meals, two knowledge and fun packed presentations, world-class experts you will call friends, and fun! READ MORE

What To Pack

A few tips to get you started... READ MORE