Biosphere Expeditions experience days in the UK, Australia & USA
Experience days are just what they say they are: days that will give you a unique insight into what it’s like to be in the field with Biosphere Expeditions assisting scientists with wildlife research and conservation. They are set amongst the beautiful scenery of a national park or protected area, where you will be part of a small team, alongside a park ranger or nature guide, and your expedition leader. You will discover expedition and wildlife research and conservation skills such as working with a map, GPS and compass, collecting important animal data, reading animal tracks and signs, using telemetry equipment and wildlife camera traps. You will also learn about the area you are in, its fauna and flora, history and the conservation work going on inside.
Experience day contribution: AUS$95 | £65 | US$95 per person. We will credit AU$75 | £50 | US$75 back to you if you subsequently join one of our expeditions.
Dates & locations Australia: Melbourne - 19 October 2016 | Sydney - 23 October 2016*
Dates & locations UK: New Forest National Park - 19 June 2016 | Broads National Park - 26 June 2016*
Dates & locations USA: Minnewaska National Park, NY - 15 May 2016 | Lory State Park, CO - 22 May 2016 | King's Canyon National Park, CA - 29 May 2016*
* Experience days are always on a Sunday from 09.00 to 17.00.
Up to 15 team members + 1 nature guide / park ranger + 1 expedition leader.
Skills & prerequisites required
None. You don't need to be a scientist or have any special qualifications - everyone can take part and there are no age limits whatsoever.
Fitness level required
None. If you are healthy and enjoy the outdoors, you’ll be fine. Those with special needs should get in touch to discuss their requirements.
Always an easy to find location right next to or inside the national park or protected area in which the day takes place in (see "National Park locations" below for details).
The experience day does not include catering, so please make sure you bring your own drinks and a lunch pack.
Each experience day follows the same basic plan of creating a mini expedition. Just like on expedition, there is a meeting point that you have to get to under your own steam (and where you will meet at 09.00 on Sunday morning) to start your experience day. And just like on expedition, we’ll start with introductions, a short safety talk and a brief overview of what’s to come.
The rough plan for the day is as follows
|08.30||Expedition leader at the meeting point|
|08.45||Participants at the meeting point|
|09.00||Start of the experience day (please be punctual!)|
|09.00-09.30||Overview, introduction of participants and staff|
|Morning||Safety talk, Introduction to research techniques and equipment such as GPS, compass, map, hand-held radios, camera traps, radio telemetry equipment, data sheets and data collection techniques, recognising animal tracks and signs, etc. Trying out the equipment.|
|Noon||Lunch (bring your own lunch pack), pack up equipment, introduction to protected area|
|Afternoon||Field walk or boat/canoe expedition, where possible telemetry work|
|16.00-17.00||Expeditions presentation, questions, farewells|
Once in the field with your expedition leader and park ranger, you will practice the skills learned in the morning. You’ll be locating radio telemetry transmitters, setting up camera traps, doing a bit of navigating and learning how to recognise animal signs & tracks and record them just like a conservation scientist or a participant in an expedition would.
Your expedition leader will be your link to our expeditions, so if you find a fox track, for example, your expedition leader may use this as an opportunity to talk to you about wolf tracks on expedition and how to record and measure them. Your park ranger will create local relevancy and tell you about the local flora & fauna, the protected area and its conservation work, history and other interesting historical and social facts.
By the end of the day you should know a lot more about the local fauna & flora and have a good idea of what it’s like to be on expedition with Biosphere Expeditions.
For even more details such as activities, the assembly point and how to get there, and lots more, please access the experience day briefing by providing your full name and e-mail.
Biosphere Expeditions will never share these details with anyone.
Awards & accolades
|Our experience days were honoured in The Independent on Sunday’s "Best Holiday for Green-Minded Travellers" list.|
|Our experience days were honoured in a book entitled "Once in a lifetime" (Einmal im Leben) by well-known German travel publisher Merian as one of "100 unforgettable travel adventures" (100 unvergessliche Reiseabenteuer).|
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