Liz started her company to fulfill some lifelong hopes and dreams. Through JGO, she has found a rewarding way to make her dreams a reality by getting folks outdoors, providing them with new experiences, and helping them to make new discoveries about the natural world and, inevitably, about themselves. It is with great enthusiasm that Liz introduces folks to nature through the eyes and ears of a naturalist. As a naturalist interpreter and guide, she wants to share her love and knowledge of the natural world in hopes that each individual will come away with feelings of great satisfaction, joy, and a strong desire to care for and return to our natural areas.
At Just Get Outdoors (JGO), we are dedicated to teaching natural history, environmental awareness, stewardship, and an appreciation of our natural world while providing a safe, enjoyable, enriching personal outdoor experience for everyone!
Just Get Outdoors specializes in customized guided day hikes, Naturalist Adventure Tours, and environmental educational programs, tailored to each individual’s or group’s special interests, physical abilities, and goals. JGO welcomes outdoor enthusiasts of all levels of experience.
Liz leads all of our hikes, tours, and environmental education programs. A second guide joins her for our larger groups. Your JGO adventures will be both fun and educational as Liz helps you discover and get to know the natural world on a more personal and intimate level.
At JGO, we work closely with a variety of organizations, agencies, institutions, and individuals to create a diverse offering of guided tours and environmental education programs. Liz is an instructor for the Cornell Adult University, John C. Campbell Folk School, University of Tennessee Smoky Mountain Field School, the Great Smoky Mountains Association, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, and Blount County Parks and Recreation Commission, among others.
At JGO we pay close, personal attention to detail to help you enjoy each outing to its fullest.
Your Guide and Naturalist
Liz is a freelance naturalist, educator, wildlife biologist, photographer, and writer. She received her M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of Florida in 1995 and her B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Cornell University in 1987. She is trained in CPR and is certified by The National Registry as a Wilderness First Responder.
Since her beginnings as a research scientist at Cornell University, Liz has conducted research on birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and plants in the Northeast, (Rocky Mountain) West, Southeast, and Midwest United States, as well as in Belize.
Liz’s interest in and study of the natural world has been a lifelong pursuit and joy. In fact, her first word as a child was “bird”. She has gained extensive outdoor experience while hiking, backpacking, canoeing, camping, and photographing wildlife in their natural habitats across the United States, in the US Virgin Islands, Canada, and Central America.
Liz encourages each of us to live our dreams and to become more aware of the natural world and what it has to offer us, as well as what we can do for it in return. Liz is tuned in to nature and tuned in to the personal needs and aspirations of her customers. She wants all of us to seek new experiences and even challenge ourselves now and then. Liz wants you to Just Get Outdoors! It is her desire to help you do just that.
As the founder and operator of Just Get Outdoors, Liz leads our guided interpretive hikes and Naturalist Adventure Tours and conducts our environmental education programs for youths, adults, and fellow educators. She encourages awareness, understanding, enjoyment, and stewardship of our natural world.
In designing customized trips, naturalist rambles, and education programs, Liz has learned to pay close attention to the personal needs and wishes of her clientele, making her trips a special and treasured experience. She is personable, loves every outing, and delights in meeting people from all walks of life.
Liz is an author of the guidebook, Paddling Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge; a contributing writer, photographer and consultant for McGraw-Hill Science Textbooks; and she has written instructional publications for teachers and 4-H leaders. Her photographs have been published in a variety of magazines such as: Outside, National Parks, Smoky Mountain Living, Blue Ridge Country and Florida Wildlife; in local and regional newspapers; and in books such as the Waterfalls of the Smokies, Audubon Field Guide to Florida, McGraw-Hill Science Textbooks, Paddling Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, and Lerner books on birds and birdwatching. She also donates her time and her photographs to help raise funds for conservation programs and environmental organizations.
Pricing and General Information
• All prices are per person.
Interpretive Hiking or Rambling with a Naturalist
• Full Day = up to 8 hrs.
• $80.00 each for 2-4 hikers (**see specials below).
• A snack will be provided
• An hourly rate will be charged for time spent beyond the initial 8-hour day.
• We typically keep our hiking group size small with a preferred upper limit of 15 persons. This allows for a better experience for all of us. We will however consider all special requests, so please inquire.
• **Bring your friends and get our special group rate for 5 or more participants.
• **Bring family members and get our special family rate. Children under age 5 are free.
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