Who is a naturalist guide?

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

If you have ever booked a nature tour for places such as Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, you are likely to have had a naturalist guide. Or perhaps you may have heard the term “naturalist guide”.

A naturalist guide is a person who studied or is an expert in natural history, notably in zoology or botany. More often than not, a naturalist guide is an environmentalist and may advocate or practice naturalism. A naturalist guide is someone who cares for and is concern with or support the protection of the environment. Naturalist guide relations include conservationist, preservationist, ecologist, nature lover, tree hugger, green, and greenie.

Naturalism is the belief that nothing exists beyond the natural world. Instead of using supernatural or spiritual explanations, naturalism focuses on explanations that come from the laws of nature. Beyond the belief that everything can be explained using nature, naturalism is also a term for a particular style of art and literature from the 19th century. Naturalism refers to a realistic approach to art that rejects idealized experiences. So when you look at a painting that embodies the spirit of naturalism, you’ll notice it capturing the real world rather than trying to make things look better than they are. With naturalism: what you see is what you get. – vocabulary.com

Due to their extensive and in-depth knowledge of the natural topography, flora and fauna of the local area, a naturalist guide is the preferred choice for many travelers who go on African safaris, exploring the Amazon rain forest, or hiking in Chile, New Zealand, and the Alps. As well, on nature tours in British Columbia and Alaska, offered by L’ EcoResorts, a naturalist guide is employed for the duration of the expeditions. Eco-lodges and wilderness resorts complement nature tours well. A fun, lighter side to a guide’s circuit is that he or she may in fact be proficient in photography or is a professional wildlife photographer. This bit adds an extra and enticing element for travelers as they can get photography tips on their nature tours, in the wilds, and capture some masterly images of the wildlife species in their natural habitats.




Article by: Tiffany Huggins

| January 4, 2016