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Flowers and Wildlife in the Alps

Discover the best places to observe Alpine flowers and head off to meet wild animals in the Alps. Marmots, chamois, bees, and even wolves are waiting for you!

Find Alpine Flowers

Head to the Cheminement du Liou on the shores of the Lac de Serre-Ponçon. Located in Baratier, this walkway on wooden stilts leads you through a wet zone with an exceptional biotope. It is a magnificent observation spot for migratory birds. Want to go further? With Pulsatille, embark on a botanical course or a hike to discover plants or birds with a seasoned mountain guide.

Outings in the Alpes

Learn About Marmots

In summer, in the Parc National des Écrins, the Accompagnateurs en Montagnes du Champsaur (Champsaur Mountain Guides) will take you on a family walk to meet marmots. A fun outing topped with a tasting of local products. To attend a marmot feeding session, pop over to the Parc Animalier de Serre-Ponçon. There, you can also observe foxes, German Shepherds, and raptors.

Top family activities

Observe Chamois and Forest Animals

In winter, the Ani-Crockett ski run in the Val d’Allos, designed in partnership with the Parc National du Mercantour, will teach you about forest animals. If you prefer a snow-shoe walk, nip over to Isola 2000. Richard Petijean, a mountain guide, will lead you on a walk punctuated by observations of chamois by telescope. It is an easy half-day’s walk, accessible to anyone over 4 years old. Leaving from La Grave La Meije, the Petit Trappeur, an outing that follows the tracks of snow animals, will also delight youngsters from age 6 and up. In summer, try out the Circuit Trappeur of the Val d’Allos, a route on the theme of flowers and wildlife.

Winter activities in the snow


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See Why Bees Are All The Buzz

At the Musée de l’Abeille (Bee Museum) of Molines-en-Queyras, little colourful hives thrive with bees that buzz in the pure air of the Alps. This place celebrates the work of the bee-keeper, giving you the chance to discover the old tools used in the Queyras and to answer all the questions you have about bees, essential players in the biosphere.

Follow the Trail of Wolves

For an unforgettable encounter with these wild and fascinating animals, head to the Parc Alpha in Saint-Martin-Vésubie. To immerse in the mysterious world of wolves, let yourself be tempted by a week’s observation course, which will uncover all the secrets of these oft-feared animals. In winter, the course takes place at the Gîte des Carlines, in Vigneaux, where Christophe, a mountain guide, will welcome you.