Activities | Nature Guide

Nature Guide



Christopher Kuhns
I am a lifelong resident of the Monterey Peninsula. Have had the good fortune of studying with Donald Howard and Joe Dabill. Mr. Howard was a local archeologist and book author going back to the late 1950s. I knew him for close to 30 years. Mr. Dabill was a legend in the western states 40+ years professionally instructing outdoor survival classes in the traditional Native American ways. I knew him going back to 1994 until his passing a couple of years ago. Was involved with local outdoor organizations such as native plant society, Big Sur Land Trust, Sierra Club hikes, Monterey Gem & Mineral Club and the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Spent much time hiking and camping on Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands off Santa Barbara coast. Volunteer archaeology lab work for Cal State LA on San Nicolas Island 1998/99 spring field seasons. Interests include but are not limited to: edible/useful plants, geology/paleontology, wilderness survival skills and off-grid living, local history/prehistory and all types of natural history in general. You are in search of a promising local outing/trekking guide for your business and I am looking for a challenging position to enhance people’s knowledge of our area.


Jade Hunting | 2-3 hours

$90 Child

$150 Adult

survivalTrek through Big Surf and see some of the most wild and scenic coastline California has to offer. One of our guilds will take you to some hidden locations where jade can be found by those with a keen eye and the right tools. Our experts can show you what to look for and how to best recover the rare deposits you discover.

*Each activity takes about 2-4 hours depending on the location.

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Jade Jewelry Making Course | 2-4 hours

$200 Person

jade stonesJoin us in our workshop and craft your own piece of jade jewelry (Ring, earrings, necklace). Tools, materials, and instruction are provided (Jade pieces that we provide are 5-30mm depending on setting) If you would like to use jade discovered during your jade hunting trek you are welcome to use it.

*Each activity takes about 2-4 hours depending on the location.

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Foraging (min 2 people) | 2-3 hours

$45 Child

$70 Adult

food foragerNature is abundant and provides delightful treats to the humans that know where to look and have the ability to identify species. Our expert guilds will take you on a journey of discovery and for each trek we will provide field-books, collection baskets, hand shovels, and pruners. Participants will get a fun, interactive, educational introduction to foraging, and safe collecting. Come away with a whole new appreciation for the diversity of nature! Hikes vary from about 1-3 miles but are suitable for all skill levels.

*Each activity takes about 2-4 hours depending on the location.

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Big Sur, Nature Photography | 2-3 hours

$75 Child

$100 Adult

underwater shotDo you love to capture moments in time, preserve memories and share breath-taking sights? We do too! If you have a high quality camera, bring it along for the journey, many of our guides are professional photographers, smartphones will work!. We can take you to incredible hidden vistas or show you when and where to zoom into tiny masterpieces, in addition to helping you line up that perfect shot. Local snacks and drinks provided by us!

*Each activity takes about 2-4 hours depending on the location.

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Packaging

Packaging classes together may require a change of locations.

Same Day

  • 2 Class Combo
    20% discount
    total duration of classes 4-5 hours
    (not including tavel time)
  • 3 Class Combo
    30% discount
    total duration of classes 6-7 hours
    (not including travel time)

Split Day

  • 2 Class Combo
    15% discount
    regular duration of classes
  • 3 Class Combo
    20% discount
    regular duration of classes

*Needed booking calendar, photos/videos: (hikes, jade, jewelry, edible plants)

Multiple Person Discount

  • 2 Person
    10% discount
    (excludes foraging class min 2 people required)
  • 3 person
    15% discount
  • 4 person
    25% discount