Your trip planner for your five-star birding and nature vacation begins here...
2) See the available Lodging options with our partners
3) Go to Spring Festival Registration to reserve your personalized package
Or skip all of that and click our easy button! We've preselected daily Gold Standard Trips with lodging at Country Road Cabins and at Oak Hill Holiday Loge. Simple. Convenient. Easy Peasy! You select the number of people in your party, enter your contact information and hit Submit. That's it. All Week Gold Standard and Carpool Trips with Cabin Lodging or All Week Gold Standard and Carpool Trips with Hotel Lodging.
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April 29 - May 4, 2019
Join us all week, either half of the week, or any combination of single days. Packages with lodging check-in the day before the first field trip and check-out the day after the last field trip.
Carpool trips return by 2:00. Recommended for those who want a day to slip in late or slip out early for a little additional rest or sight seeing. Limited to twenty persons plus guides.
Gold Standard trips return by 2:00. A few are tried-and-true and a few are new; all are absolute gems. Limited to twenty-five persons plus guides, these trips are by big bus.
Premium trips return by 4:30 and are an additional $50/person to the base package price. Limited to ten persons plus guides, these small group trips roll with us through the afternoon in deluxe transportation via suv or van.
All Day trips return by 5:00 (exception Bobolinks to Bald Eagles and Cranberry Original return by 7:30) and are an additional $25/person to the base package price. Limited to twelve persons plus guides, these trips use upgraded minibus transportation (exception Cranberry Original, limited to twenty participants, uses big bus).
VIP Specialty trips are first available to participants of previous Festivals travel by big bus and return by 1pm.
Use Your Birding & Nature Vacation to Revitalize Your Mind and Body Afternoons are the perfect opportunity to take personal time to relax and unwind. Spend yours as you please... napping, hot tubbing, walking, site seeing, or at a Popcorn Presentation!
This is where you get to know the field trips. Take a leisurely scroll or click a trip name to go straight to it's description. Keep in mind as we travel to outdoor locations, after we depart our breakfast location modern restroom facilities are limited in availability on most trips. In response to weather conditions and bird movement, trip routes are subject to adjustment and a few trips may overlap territory in the upper elevations.
Carpool Trips Share a ride to minimize impact. Limited to twenty-five persons plus guides (exception Birding by Butt), these trips return around 2pm. We recommend driving yourself if you want to slip in late or slip out early for a little additional rest or sight seeing, just let us know.
• Monday – Birding by Butt
• Tuesday – Fayette Station
• Wednesday – Summerlee Rail Trail
• Thursday – Long Point Walk
• Friday – ACE Reptiles & Amphibians
• Saturday – Wolf Creek Walk
♦ All Day Trips have upgraded comfortable minibus transportation and are limited to twelve participants (exception Thursday Cranberry Original).
♦ Packages are available for all week, either half of the week, or any combination of single days.
♦ Packages with lodging check-in the day before the first field trip and check-out the day after the last field trip.
♦ We have special rate deals with our lodging partners that we pass on to you!
♦ Other area lodging option links are found under "Travel" below.
♦ Festival check-in is in the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat. You'll be provided a checklist, personal itinerary, name tag and other items.
♦ Birding by Butt meets at the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat; coffee is on at 6am, breakfast at 8am, lunch at 11'ish, ends at 1pm.
♦ Never Been There meets for breakfast at Opossum Creek Retreat at 6am, then carpools to Burnwood to travel by bus by 7am, and returns by 1pm.
♦ All other field trips meet for a hot buffet breakfast at 6am in an outdoor pavilion at Burnwood.
♦ Field trips depart by 7am.
♦ Field Trip transportation is provided (exception Carpool trips). Travel to and from breakfast and dinner/presentation location, lodging, and airport is not included.
♦♦ Gold Standard is a big bus; Premium is an SUV or van; All Day is comfortable minibus with bucket seats and center isle (exception Thur. Cranberry Original).
♦ Trip return times: Gold Standard and Carpools by 2pm. Premiums return by 4:30. All-Days return by 5 (exception Wednesday Bobolinks to Bald Eagles and Thursday Cranberry Original @ 7:30).
♦ Popcorn Presentations are at 3pm, then Dinner is at 6pm - both are at the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat.
♦ Evening Presentations immediately follow dinner.
♦ Directions and maps are provided prior to arrival.
A Few Tips to Get You Started...
Bird and nature watching is an outdoor sport - bring your gear and be prepared to have fun! The mornings start outdoors at 6am and the days are spent in the mountains at various elevations and physical environments. Mornings can be quite cool, afternoons quite warm, and a spring shower may pop up. You never know what you're going to get into.
- spotting scope*
- field guide(s)
- hat with a visor**
- rain jacket
- hiking shoes
- allergy medicine
- personal emergency medical kit***
- travel snacks
- battery chargers
- notebook and pencil
- refillable water bottle