Guided nature program participants standing along trail in Elk Meadow listing to the guide talking.

Today’s Guided nature Program…


Did you know there are 7 species of the squirrel family in and around Bogus Basin? They include the red squirrel, northern flying squirrel, least chipmunk, yellow pine chipmunk, golden mantled ground squirrel, Columbian ground squirrel, and yellow-bellied marmot. Except for the flying squirrel, these animals provide an excellent entry into the world of wildlife photography because of their daytime activities and habits. During this Nature Photography program we will examine the life history of the animals and “hunt” them with our cameras. We will discuss the challenges of photographing wildlife, how to photograph wildlife, and the desirable equipment needed to photograph wildlife. Given the nature of the subject matter, enthusiasts with DSLR, mirrorless, or even old 35mm SLRs with longer lenses are suggested. But then again, many of the newer smartphones and compact pocket cameras have surprising capabilities that would surely work for our purposes. This program is only one of the many guided nature programs offered this summer.

When & Where

July 1, 2023 @ 1:00 PM 3:30 PM

This 2 1/2 hour outing will meet at Pioneer Lodge at the above-stated time and will cover 2 miles or less at a very casual pace. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Water, snack and sunscreen are highly recommended. Remember to swing by the Double R Ranch BBQ Smokehouse before or after the program a drink and a bite to eat!

How to Register

To sign up for this or any of our awesome Guided Snowshoe Programs, please send an email to indicating the program you wish to register for, date, and the number of people in your group. Requests received less than 24 hrs. prior to the outing may not receive a response.

FREE All Are Welcome!

Meet your Guide!

Hit the trail with Ray Vizgirdas, retired Wildlife Biologist and lifelong Naturalist for this installment of our Guided Nature Program series. With over three decades of experience working for state and federal agencies, Ray knows a thing or two about the outdoors (he has literally authored guidebooks about the flora at Bogus Basin!). On Saturday mornings/afternoons and Tuesday evenings, Ray covers a new topic relevant to the time of year. Whether it’s wildflowers and edible/useful plants or nature photography and animal behavior, you’re bound to learn a thing or two on your outing.