We are a small, woman-owned, community-minded, sustainable business. We are local biologists, naturalists, and educators offering wildlife watching trips, day hikes, multi-day backpacking trips, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as custom multi-day trips in Yellowstone National Park. We operate year-round out of Yellowstone’s north entrance in Gardiner, Montana.
● We are in the process of purchasing a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) for use on our Wildlife Watching Tours and Custom Tours. We look forward to becoming Yellowstone’s first zero emissions guide service.
● Our refrigeration and office space is running on solar energy.
● Housing and solar generated electricity are provided for our guides to enable them to remain in our community. Housing is an extremely limited resource here.
● In Our Nature Guiding Services minimizes energy consumption by using smaller vehicles for smaller groups, never idling vehicles in parking areas or pullouts, and buying at local shops in Gardiner MT, instead of regularly traveling 140+ miles round-trip to shop at the box stores in Bozeman and beyond (we just go once or twice a year).
● We minimize the use of plastics and packaging as much as possible while maintaining safe food storage and handling. All coffee, tea and hot chocolate is rainforest certified and/or sustainably sourced. Our half and half is USDA organic.
● We use reusable cups, plates, cutlery to minimize waste going to landfill.
● We choose products with minimal packaging and those with packaging that can be recycled in our area (cardboard, paper, metal, plastics 1 & 2) to the greatest extent possible.
● In Our Nature Guiding Services recycles everything that is recyclable in our areas, including all cardboard, paper, plastics 1 & 2 and metals. We used second-hand windows, salvage harvest lumber and carefully selected second-hand cupboards, countertops, light fixtures and appliances in our guide accommodations.
● We encourage our clients to bring their own personal water bottles and carry a cooler full of local tap (well) water
● Our business cards are printed at Printing For Less, a local, wind and solar powered printing company in Livingston, MT.
● Most of our food products are plant or dairy based. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available.
● In Our Nature Guiding Services organizes an annual 'Pick-up Your Park' event in October to remove what was left behind by the public before heavy snowfall.
● We don’t idle our vehicles in parking areas or pullouts to help minimize emissions. The noise of our engines can make it harder for others to hear the natural soundscape (birds, wolves howling etc.) too.
● In Our Nature Guiding Services minimizes energy consumption by using smaller vehicles for smaller groups, never idling vehicles in parking areas or pullouts, and buying at local shops in Gardiner MT, instead of regularly traveling 70+ miles each way to shop at the box stores in Bozeman and beyond (we just go once or twice a year).Vehicles are washed with minimal frequency and are wiped clean when possible. We bucket wash them with warm water in winter and use a spray trigger in summer to minimize water use.
We Support Our Community
● Yellowstone has a close-knit community of guides that work together in the park, with the park's administration, with our state, advocating for wildlife and environmental improvements. In Our Nature’s owner initiated and formed a guides’ association where people from our region's various businesses can communicate and cooperate about shared concerns and discuss ways to keep ourselves, clients, other visitors and park resources safe as we operate our tours.
● Our guides are trained on the job as specific needs arise and we all actively participate as team to share our strengths and overcome our challenges. Employees are required to undertake National Park Services' interpretive guide trainings and are actively encouraged to pursue their specific interests by developing their own guiding themes. Other job-related trainings include wilderness first aid, CPR and ServSafe food handling training.
● We customize tours to make them as accessible for people with different needs (mobility, vision, behavioral etc.) and adapt their situation. We love making Yellowstone's wonders accessible to everyone.
● Locally made baked goods and bagged lunches that are served on our tours are prepared by our local (also woman-owned) restaurant, the Yellowstone Grill
● Quality wildlife watching requires quality optics, our Swarovski spotting scopes were purchased from our Gardiner-based Swarovski dealer, Optics Yellowstone
● We buy our fuel and service our vehicles at the local family-owned location of a franchise gas station
● Soon, we will be offering binocular and camera straps that are locally handmade as well as organic RPET sweatshirts and hats that are made in the USA and printed in Bozeman, MT at Montana State University’s printing office, Blank Canvas.
● We donate tours for fundraising auctions for environmental and educational NGOs, wildlife sanctuaries and our natural history museum.
● In Our Nature Guiding Services supported our local school's foundation (North Yellowstone Education Foundation) by paying for its liability insurance for an annual fundraising event.