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Tracking Wild Bumblebees in Sequoia

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Adventure hosted by Rachel At Atlas Obscura

4 days
Moderate activity level
Includes food, drinks, transport
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Venture into the open meadows of the Sierra Nevada and learn firsthand about the plight of the humble bumblebee. Alongside expert biologists, we’ll journey deep into Sequoia National Park to spot, study, and help conduct research on these small but mighty pollinators. The first step to protecting them is understanding them, so we’ll be embarking on an immersive bee-seeking expedition to help identify specimens, track populations, and explore the native wildlife of this spectacular landscape.

This trip is offered by Atlas Obscura. Once you've reserved your spot, our team will be in touch to help you prepare for the trip. Please note that flights and transportation to and from Silver City Mountain Resort are not included in the trip cost.

This trip is limited to 12 travelers.
Venture into the open meadows of the Sierra Nevada and learn firsthand about the plight of the humble bumblebee. Alongside expert biologists, we’ll journey deep into Sequoia National Park to spot, study, and help conduct research on these small but mighty pollinators. The first step to protecting them is understanding them, so we’ll be embarking on an immersive bee-seeking expedition to help identify specimens, track populations, and explore the…

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What's included

  • Accommodation
    3 nights in a cabin
  • Food
    2 lunches, 1 dinner, dessert
  • Drinks
    Water, beer, wine
  • Transport
    1 car ride

Your itinerary

  • Day 1
    Welcome to Sequoia
    We’ll meet at the Silver City Mountain Resort, settle into our accommodations, and get to know each other over dinner.
  • Day 2
    Tracking Wild Pollinators
    At Mineral King, we’ll identify wild bee specimens with our researchers, and learn how to track pollinator populations.
  • Day 3
    Bumblebees & Bioluminescent Bugs
    We’ll delve into the role bumblebees play in modern agriculture as we do a few hours of field work.
  • Day 4
    Good-Bee!
    We'll say farewell to our research team and fly off to our own hives.
From ₹100,126
/ person
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Meet your host, Rachel At Atlas Obscura

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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I'm your Atlas Obscura Program Manager. Since 2016, Atlas Obscura has been offering unusual trips to the world’s most extraordinary places. Our itineraries are developed in close collaboration with the locals and insiders who host them—our global community of explorers, artists, researchers, and experts who grant us access to unique places and amazing experiences.

Dr. Hollis Woodard will be leading your trip. She's an Assistant Professor of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside, whose lab studies bumblebee behavior, physiology, and conservation. She and her research group have worked with bumblebees in Israel, the Sierra Nevada, and the northern slope of Alaska, and with solitary bees in the deserts of the Southwest. Her research has been featured in the New York Times and Science Friday.
I'm your Atlas Obscura Program Manager. Since 2016, Atlas Obscura has been offering unusual trips to the world’s most extraordinary places. Our itineraries are developed in close collaboration with the locals and insiders who host them—our global community of explorers, artists, researchers, and experts who grant us access to unique places and amazing experiences.

Dr. Hollis Woodard will be leading your trip. She's an Assistant Professor of Entomology at the University of California,…
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In partnership with Atlas Obscura

An Atlas Obscura Adventure
This trip is hosted by Atlas Obscura, the definitive guide to the world’s hidden wonders.


Atlas Obscura’s mission is to inspire wonder and curiosity about the world we all share. Atlas Obscura chronicles hidden places, incredible histories, scientific marvels, and gastronomical wonders. It also creates and curates unusual trips and experiences across the globe.
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Where you'll be

We'll meet at Silver City Mountain Resort, tucked away in Sequoia National Park. From there, we’ll be tracking bees in the stunning glacial valley Mineral King, picknicking amongst the wildflowers, and exploring other corners of the park.

Activity advisory

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Every adventure follows industry guidelines. We partnered with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, expert leaders in adventure travel, to define best practices and standards for safety.
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Please note that outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

Once you've reserved your spot, Atlas Obscura's Trips team will be in touch to help you prepare for the trip.

What to bring

We’re so excited that you’ll be joining us on our adventure to track bees in California! A few months prior to the trip, we’ll be sending out a packing list, along with additional information and resources to help you prepare.