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Snorkel and Hike Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. January 20-26. Escape to the Caribbean and leave winter behind for warm sandy beaches, coral reefs, and turquoise waters filled with a multitude of colorful fish. We'll spend our days snorkeling in secluded bays, hiking in the national park to historic ruins, and enjoying Caribbean cuisine. Our screened tent cottages at Maho Bay are comfortable and overlook Little Maho Beach. Meals are not included in the trip price. Leader: Sarah Stout. Price: $925; Dep: $100. [02410A]

Springtime in the Desert, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California. March 16-23, Craving a little sunshine? Come join us in Anza-Borrego, where we'll stay in a campground; go on easy-to-moderate hikes; learn about geology, plants, and flowers; and soak in mineral hot tubs at day's end. Includes on-trip naturalists. Leader: Warren Alksnis. Price: $625; Dep: $100. [02037A]

Puerto Rico: Photographing Historic Architecture, Rainforest Vistas, and Artistic Festivals. March 17-23. Discover the rich photographic material of Loiza on St. Patrick's Day. Bring your camera along and study the light of Old San Juan's narrow cobbled streets, fortresses, and magnificent city wall. Join in the open house evening in the art galleries. Traveling east to El Yunque (the Caribbean National Forest), we'll hike, photograph rainforest vegetation, and record vistas from high on the mountain. Meals not included in trip price. Leader: Sarah Stout. Price: $1,285; Dep: $200. [02415A] J

Canyon Country Sampler, Arches National Park, Utah. March 24-30. Sandstone sculptures and spectacular arches await us as we explore the unique landscape of southeast Utah. We'll dayhike through this colorful country and sample its slickrock splendor. We'll also have time to explore several nearby scenic canyons, including the Fisher Towers area with its towering rock pinnacles. Leaders: Larry Odoski and Mike Murphy. Price: $645; Dep: $100. [02038A]

Natural History of the Mojave National Preserve, California. April 27-May 4. Discover the desert this spring and explore the panoramas, sand dunes, and cinder cones of the Mojave National Preserve. Day hikes from our camp at 5,600 will vary from easy to moderately strenuous. We'll maintain a leisurely pace, stopping along the way to view flowers and wildlife, and take photos. Includes on-trip naturalist. Leader. Warren Alksnis. Price: $595; Dep: $100. [02039A]

St. John Seaside Base Camp, Virgin Islands National Park, U.S. Virgin Islands. June 15-21. Feast on the sensory delights of warm sandy beaches, secluded bays, coral reefs, and Caribbean cuisine. We'll snorkel turquoise waters that are alive with brilliantly colored fish, and hike verdant hillsides. We'll also visit historical ruins on excursions from our tent cottages at Maho Bay. Meals not included in the trip price. Leader: Gale Hill. Price: $825; Dep: $100. [02185A] O

A Naturalist's Holiday on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. July 14-20. Enjoy a potpourri of outdoor adventures as we camp at Nickerson State Park near the Cape Cod National Seashore. We'll enjoy hiking, bicycling, whale watching, kayaking, and swimming amid scenery of endless beaches, cedar swamps, and bird sanctuaries. Naturalists will orient us to the local flora and fauna. We'll eat well, too, as we sample the local seafood and produce. Leader: Rochelle Gerratt. Price: $725; Dep: $100, [02186A] D

Hiking Ontario's Spectacular Bruce Peninsula, Canada, August 3-10. The Niagara Escarpment runs through Ontario like a spine and is designated as a United Nations Biosphere Reserve. We'll camp at Cape Croker Indian Reserve (home of the Chippewas of Nawash), and spend five days hiking the Bruce Trail. This section of the trail is considered "the icing on the cake," with striking views of the clear waters of Georgian Bay. Leaders: Greg Vincent and Jeanette MacDermott. Price: $415; Dep: $50. [02187A] M

Birthplace of Yosemite: Tuolumne Meadows and Beyond, Yosemite National Park, California. …