Rick Searle is a respected leader and innovative creator of experiential learning opportunities. A dedicated life-learner, Rick is possessed by a burning passion to learn all that he can about the natural and cultural history of the places he visits. This passion is fueled by a deep concern for the conservation of the natural world, especially wild spaces and species. These passions find their main outlet through his work as a travel guide, naturalist, photographer and a writer.

During the summer months, he works with Maple Leaf Adventures as an adventure travel guide and naturalist while with Mile Zero Tours, Road Scholar and Orbridge Rick serves as a group leader or tour director. During the off-season, he provides services as a step-on guide for bus tours organized for retirement residents in the Greater Victoria region. He also gives presentations featuring photographs from his travels in some of this country’s most spectacular areas such as the Great Bear Rainforest, Haida Gwaii, the Rocky Mountain national parks (Banff, Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay), the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and the badlands of Alberta.


Currently Rick is preparing to offer his own travel experiences quite possibly starting in October 2018. Initially these experiences will take place within the Great Victoria region and southern Vancouver Island and will likely be offered as half-, full, and multi-day packages. He and a National Geographic photographer are exploring a partnership to offer a unique opportunity to learn not just how to take better photographs but also about the natural and cultural history of the place or species being photographed.

If you’re interested in learning more about these workshops or about the other kinds of experiences that are being considered, please contact Rick. Same goes if you and your group are looking for something that is highly individualized to your specific interests and needs.


Please also note that Rick also offers his extensive expertise in the fields of environmental education and communication through his consultancy practice, Ekos Communications.