NATURE & WILDLIFE TOURS

Come explore the amazing wildlife and diverse ecosystems of the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. Led by ranch naturalist Jacqueline Redinger, our tours illuminate the workings of nature while providing you with insights that will last a lifetime.

EAGLE TOUR

Join us as we follow a day in the life of the iconic American bald eagle.

American bald eagles are one of the most majestic creatures on earth, and we are proud that several make their home here on the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. Join us as we take our scopes and binoculars to an area with a known bald eagle nest, where eaglets are reared and their parents take flight. We will also keep an eye out for golden eagles, red-tailed hawks and other aerial inhabitants. Along the way, you will learn about their lives and develop bird-watching skills that you can take to any sky near you.

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FORAGING TOUR

Learn the ancient art of foraging and unlock the magic of the natural world.

Foraging has been a part of Native Californian peoples’ health, well-being and survival for thousands of years. Many plants found on Santa Margarita Ranch carry a strong historical significance, and we embrace foraging as a cultural practice that remains relevant in this modern age. Join us as we take you on a journey through time and nature to discover a variety of plants that can be used for nutrition, beverages and other healthful purposes. Along the way, we will educate you on what plants to avoid, and we will teach you mindful enjoyment of the environment no matter where you spend your every day.

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PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Create your own collection of unique and beautiful photos amid a majestic landscape.

One of the Central Coast’s most dramatic and scenic landscapes is now open to aspiring and accomplished photographers alike. Join Ranch Naturalist Jacqueline Redinger as she leads you across the photogenic environment of the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, including oak woodlands, savannah grasslands, California chaparral, vineyards and ancient sea beds with giant fossilized oyster shells. You may also get a chance to photograph some of our native wildlife, including deer, turkeys, bears, eagles and more. All you need for this two-hour tour is your own camera and an eye for natural beauty!

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Meet Our Ranch Naturalist

Say hello to Ranch Naturalist Jacqueline Redinger. While growing up in the Bay Area, Jacqueline always felt drawn to nature, exploring oak woodlands and becoming a Girl Scout. After graduating with a degree in marine biology from UC Santa Cruz, she worked as a guest experience representative at the famed Monterey Bay Aquarium. She later served as a scientific aid for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, but missed working with the public—a longing that was fulfilled when she joined Margarita Adventures to lead our nature and wildlife tours. “I am so excited to reconnect with my childhood love of the oak woodlands and all of the life and wonder they hold,” she says. In her spare time, Jacqueline enjoys hiking, swimming, scuba diving, yoga and cooking.

What to Expect + Tour Details

Our nature and wildlife tours take place outdoors. Here’s what to expect when you join us for a tour…

  • We will transport you to the site on our vintage Hummer with interpretative narration along the way.
  • Please wear closed-toed shoes and be prepared to walk over uneven terrain.
  • The Eagle Tour includes limited walking; the Foraging Tour includes an hourlong hike with uphill and downhill components.
  • Layers, hat and sunscreen recommended; consider a small backpack or fanny pack for personal items.

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