The Explorer Network was created by the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (ODCMG) to coordinate the nature-based, small group trips that we have been offering since 2002. The Explorer Network has staff of the (ODCMG) leading trips to regional, national and international destinations with the help of tourism industry experts and professional nature guides to provide the best possible experience. When you travel with the Explorer Network, you will be rewarded with unique encounters and memorable moments. Since we travel with a small group, we can provide experiences that may difficult to find as part of a large tour company trip.
We have high expectations for our trips and of our tour leaders. We hope that your travels with us will not be a single experience but one where you become a repeat traveler who enjoys unique lodges and great hotels, incredible food with a local touch and traveling with a group of people you will soon call friends.
Trip activities and excursions include things for people who are extremely active to those who like to take their time and enjoy. To better steer our travelers to trips that fit their wants and needs, we have developed three basic categories: Nature Explorer, Outdoor Adventurer and Focused Specialty.
These trips are designed to focus on the traveler who loves landscapes, nature, learning and travel. They will provide a traveler with opportunities to be outdoors with low levels of activity and exertion. Explorations may include short hikes and touring by vehicle. More rigorous options will be available for travelers wanting a little more out of their trip.
Travelers looking for a higher level of physical activity and adventure may find these trips more appealing. Experiences may include in being more remote locations with sometimes rustic lodging. Activity options may include mountain biking, sea kayaking, small boat excursions, and moderate to hard hiking. Options will always be available for travelers who prefer a less active day to accommodate all activity levels in the over-all group.
When it comes to specialties, these may be the trips for you if you want to take amazing pictures of animals, plants, landscapes, or scenery; if adding species to your life list is a must; or if reeling in a big fish is something you have always wanted to do. Varying degrees of physical activity and lodging will be available for these trips based on the destination. Regardless of the focus, there will be ample opportunities to connect with the outdoors.