We understand the value of an experiential education in a natural setting and offer a variety of eco-tours, water-based nature/adventure camps, and personalized clinics in open water swimming, surfing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding throughout the east end of Long Island.
Meet our naturalists:
Mike Bottini (M.Sc., University of British Columbia) is a wildlife biologist whose research subjects have included elk (Canada), and spotted turtles, piping plovers, and river otters on Long Island. He has been introducing people to the outdoors since 1979, as an instructor with the Hurricane Island, Dartmouth, and Loch Eil (Scotland) Outward Bound schools, as an adjunct professor at St. Lawrence University, Southampton College, and CUNY, as an environmental planner at the Group for the East End, and through his weekly “South Fork Outdoors” column. Mike is the author of Exploring East End Waters: A Natural History and Paddling Guide, Trail Guide to the South Fork, and The Walking Dunes: East Hampton’s Hidden Treasure. He holds ACA and BCU kayak certifications, CyberTracker Level I Track and Sign Certification is a certified ocean lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor, and is a member of East Hampton’s Volunteer Ocean Rescue. He competes in triathlons, xc ski races and master’s swim meets, and has successfully completed the Canadian ski marathon and Lake Placid Ironman. He has backpacked, paddled, cycled, sailed and skied extensively in North America and Europe, including expeditions to James Bay, Ontario, the Torngatts in northern Labrador, Baffin Island and a trans-Atlantic sail.
Juliana Duryea (B.S., University of Vermont) is an environmental planner, outdoor instructor and wildlife biologist who has worked with piping plovers and river otters. Juliana has been teaching surf and ocean swimming lessons and working as an Ocean Lifeguard since 2003 and is a member of East Hampton’s Volunteer Ocean Rescue. A graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Juliana has Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification and recently received CyberTracker Level III Track and Sign Certification. She has worked with Southampton Town’s Project Venture Program, leading student hiking and camping trips. After returning from a self-supported group bicycle tour in Europe, Juliana enjoyed leading peer groups backpacking in the Galiuro Wilderness in Arizona and sailing and sea kayaking in British Columbia. She also holds a certification in Permaculture Design and is part of local Transition Initiative for the Hamptons.