Geoscience Horizons

Guest Tours

1. Bird Watching [101]
Sat., Nov. 1, 7 a.m.-noon
Back by popular demand, this bird watching tour of the Pacific Northwest begins with a stop at the Mercer Slough Nature Park. Mercer Slough has more than 300 acres of wetlands around Lake Washington and is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the urban Puget Sound region. Marshes, meadows, and forests provide critical habitat for wildlife and ample opportunities for discovering nature. It's a birdwatcher's paradise, with more than 100 species of birds. You'll also visit the 144-acre Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland, where you'll see songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, turtles, beavers, and other small mammals.
Cost: $35. Maximum: 25.
2. Seattle City Highlights-Deluxe Tour (Full-Day Tour) [102]
Mon., Nov. 3, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Find out why Seattle has been named one of America's most livable cities! This tour provides an overview of what Seattle has to offer. A friendly and informative tour guide will tell you about the city's historical background, point out interesting landmarks, and give insider sightseeing and shopping tips. Visit Pioneer Square, one of Seattle's oldest areas, featuring 1900s architecture, art galleries, and specialty shops. The tour also includes a drive over one of Seattle's floating bridges on beautiful Lake Washington, past the University of Washington campus, and a stop at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Salmon Ladder. The locks connect saltwater Puget Sound with freshwater Lake Union and feature the seasonal migration of salmon returning to their parent streams to spawn. Last stop: Seattle's world famous Pike Place Market, an exciting array of color, aroma, sounds, and lunch. Guests will enjoy a delicious luncheon at Salty's on Alki Beach, which has a fabulous view of the Seattle skyline.
Cost: $68. Minimum: 35 people. Maximum: 45 per bus.
3. Experience Music Project and the Space Needle [103]
Mon., Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-noon — Canceled.
4. Seattle City Highlights [104]
Mon., Nov. 3, 1-5 p.m.
This is a shorter version of the full-day tour, and does not include the luncheon.
Cost: $27. Minimum: 35 people. Maximum: 45 per bus.
5. Snoqualmie Falls and Wine Tasting (Full Day Tour) [105]
Tues., Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Travel just 25 miles east of Seattle, through the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, to breathtaking Snoqualmie Falls. The Snoqualmie River cascades 270 feet through a spectacular rock gorge into a 65-foot-deep pool. You can choose to view the falls from the observation platform above the drop, where the view is amazing and you can actually feel the spray, or you may wander through the lush, tree-lined park at the bottom of the falls. Guests will enjoy a fabulous luncheon above the falls at Salish Lodge, a four-diamond retreat and one of Seattle's most romantic getaways. To conclude the afternoon, you'll be transported to the lovely Chateau Ste. Michelle winery, Washington's oldest and most famous winery. During your private guided tour, you'll witness the marvel of the winemaking process and have the opportunity to sample world-famous wines, stroll the grounds, and visit the extensive wine and accessory gift shop.
Cost: $65. Minimum/maximum: 25 people.
6. The Art of Glassblowing: Seattle Art and Gallery Tour [106]
Tues., Nov. 4, 2-5 p.m.
Seattle has become the glass art capital of the U.S.-some say, of the world. Seattle is recognized for many glass art galleries and private collections worth millions. Public buildings throughout the city serve as galleries as well; the city government allocates 1% of its expenses toward the purchase of public art. Your guide for this tour will escort you through some of Seattle's glass art studios so you can see how the artists work to create their world-renowned pieces. You'll enjoy a fascinating visit to the Glasshouse Studio in Pioneer Square, where you'll have the opportunity to see a glassblowing demonstration-glass art created right before your eyes! Glass will never be the same again; you'll appreciate the art form as never before.
Cost: $38. Minimum: 20 people. Maximum: 25.
7. Seattle Aquarium and Pacific Science Center [107]
Wed., Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. — Canceled.

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To register as a guest, please register online (available June 3).

You can also send the paper form [PDF format] to GSA, P.O. Box 9140, Boulder, CO 80301-9140, fax 303-357-1070.

These guest tours are an additional cost to the registration fee, and include professional tour guides, round-trip transportation, admission fees, and gratuities. The price of lunch is only included with the full-day tours.

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