Eco Tour Guides

Hire an Ecotour Guide

You’ve made your decision. You want to take the day – perhaps the weekend – and paddle coastal Virginia’s waterways.

But you don’t want to do it alone. You want to have someone well versed in the ecosystem science help point out what you are seeing. You want to understand the natural and cultural history of the region. And you want to be led.

Consider hiring a guide. Certified Virginia Ecotour Guides share fun facts about our beautiful coastal ecosystems and their wild inhabitants. They have received training in wildlife and habitat protection, customer service, interpretation, and planning – so you are sure to have a safe and enjoyable time, naturally!

Eastern Shore Northern Neck Middle Peninsula VAB & Other
Seaside Ecotours
Capt. Meriwether Payne
wether33@verizon.net
757-710-2454

The Tides Inn,
Rebecca Riley
804-438-5000
Bay Country Kayaking, Jackie Collins
855-TO-KAYAK
804-695-4660
Paddle On of Williamsburg, Lori Erwin
757-254-8492
Captain Dan’s Around the Island Tours, Capt. Dan & Capt. Ray Davis
757-894-0103
Mark Boikin
Gloucester, VA
Sally Shoemaker
Photo26naturalist @gmail.com
Moore To See Photo Expeditions
Erik Moore
Virginia Beach, VA
ErikNMoore@gmail.com
757-401-2583

Bay Country Kayaking, Shannon Alexander
info@baycountrykayaking.com
855-TO-KAYAK
804-695-4660
  Chesapeake Bay Paddling Company, Jim Warwick
804-384-0679
The Nature Bus
Suzanne Moss & Kevin Moss
Virginia Beach, VA
info@TheNatureBus.com
757-288-9595 (TEXT)

Big Papa SUP, Chris Nacy
757-694-8703
    James Bell
Colonial Beach, VA
Jim.Bell@me.com
540-816-9800

Onancock Sailing Adventures, Capt. Tom Bunino
757-710-3658
    Mrs. Claire Neubert
Hampton, VA
757-617-7166
 
The Nature Bus
Suzanne Moss & Kevin Moss
Virginia Beach, VA
info@TheNatureBus.com
757-288-9595 (TEXT)

    Charlie Winslow
Chesapeake, VA
Clwinslow757@gmail.com
757-636-1733
Burnham Guides
Bill and Mary Burnham
Onancock, VA (Florida & abroad)
mary@burnhamguides.com
305-240-0650
     

Puppy Drum Vineyards
Calvin Hagan
7450 Prettyman Circle, Exmore, VA 23350
Chagan15@verizon.net
757-442-6090
     

North End Expeditions
Tom Finn
Cape Charles, VA
FinnThomasB@gmail.com
540-878-9094
     

Tony Fleck
Onancock, VA
FleckWorld@yahoo.com
516-761-6080
     

Beach and Bay Tours, Paul & Pat Brabazon
757-710-4077
     

Anthony Pennino
Exmore, VA
AnthonyPennino1@gmail.com
540-676-7218
     

Adalberto Rodriguez

 

     
David Denny

 

     
Edwin Powers

 

     
Jennifer Elmer

 

     
Zachary Mallette

 

     
Danielle Simmons
Nassawadox, VA
     


Become an Certified Ecotour Guide

Want to turn your passion for paddling Virginia’s rural coastal waterways into a paycheck? Consider training to become an official – and certified – Virginia Ecotour Guide.

The next course offering begins in January of 2020. Registration will open in the fall of 2019. To learn more contact: VAEcotourGuideCourse@gmail.com or visit the VDEQ VCZMP page.

Why now?

Tourism is a major driver in Virginia’s economy and ecotourism is especially important in rural coastal Virginia as it connects people to the very natural resources we strive striving to protect, instilling a strong will to take care of these life-sustaining resources.

Virginia offers an eight-week, “live” online class to provide students the certification credentials they need to lead their own ecotours. The course focuses on various aspects of ecotourism, including ecosystem science, customer service, business marketing, interpretation skills, culture and natural history. Guest speaker presentations are incorporated into the course and active discussion is encouraged and required. Interpretive materials and resources for the course are provided.

In order to qualify for an ecotourism certification, a CPR & First Aid Certification is required and can be obtained at the student’s convenience. The guide certification lasts for three years, after which time the guide must re-certify.

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