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David Catlin

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David Catlin has spent his professional career helping people connect to special places, especially natural ones. Over the last 45 years, he has worked as a naturalist and educator for the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the National Audubon Society. Catlin was born and raised in Detroit and has traveled widely, with a special affinity for places in the U.S. and Canada that are “off the beaten path.” One of his favorite haunts is the Canadian Maritime provinces. He has special interests in birds, traditional acoustic music, and lighthouses.

Catlin has degrees in environmental education and interpretation from Michigan State University and the University of Washington. He currently lives in Springfield, Missouri, with his wife Ann, and works nationwide as a consultant to nature centers and other environmental learning institutions.

What Our Travelers Say

I love what David had to offer. He is a great presenter and gave us some different things rather than a recitation of what we were seeing and doing.

- Susan Y., Seascapes of the Canadian Maritimes

David was terrific, he obviously knows his stuff...and has a wonderful presentation style.

- Michael D., A Voyage on the Great Lakes

Upcoming Tours

Voyage along the St. Lawrence: From Québec to the Canadian Maritimes

12-15 days | Starting at: $12,040
Oct 18, 2024 - Oct 29, 2024
Oct 1, 2025 - Oct 15, 2025

Aboard the 184-guest Le Champlain
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Seascapes of the Canadian Maritimes

12 days | Starting at: $7,147
Jun 1, 2025 - Jun 12, 2025
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