Brown_bear_LC_6Brown_bear_LC_6A brown bear sow (Ursus arctos) eats the head of a salmon in a creek in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. Photograph brown bears in coastal Alaska with Dawn Wilson


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Workshop information:
- Dates: August 31 to September 4, 2017 (September 1-4 in Lake Clark National Park)
- Price: $5,100 per person NOW $4,080
- Deposit: $2,000 (due at registration; balance due by June 1, 2017)
   (I recommend purchasing trip insurance.)
- Participants: 3 Brown_Bear_LC_25Brown_Bear_LC_25A brown bear (Ursus arctos) walks down the beach along Cook Inlet at sunrise in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. Photograph by Dawn Y. Wilson,, [email protected]

Join award-winning, professional wildlife and nature photographer Dawn Wilson on a trip of a lifetime to photograph brown bears in their natural habitat along the coast of Alaska.

We will travel to scenic Lake Clark National Park to be in the bear's world where we will watch and photograph them as they chase salmon, dig for clams in the mud flats, feed on sedge grasses in the meadows, play, and possibly see little cubs.

Additional optional activities and opportunities include a boat trip to Puffin Island (weather permitting), fishing, and photographing the lush landscape of inactive volcanoes, beaches and waterfalls. The trip to Puffin Island is an opportunity to see horned and tufted puffins flying about, sea otters lounging on the beach, and photographing other shore birds floating in the water or strolling along the beaches.

Brown_Bear_LC_10Brown_Bear_LC_10A brown bear cub (Ursus arctos) paws at his mother's nose on a very rainy day in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. Photograph by Dawn Y. Wilson,, [email protected]

We will meet in Anchorage, Alaska on the evening of August 31 for a meet and greet before we fly to Lake Clark National Park the next morning. A small aircraft will take us on our hour-long flight to Lake Clark National Park on the morning of September 1. Once in Lake Clark, we will stay at a comfortable lodge right on the coast of Cook Inlet, complete with warm, home-cooked meals at every meal. This location is in the center of bear activity with bears sometimes even walking through the property.

The field adventure begins right away with a professional bear guide. Field outings to find bears will involve some walking, but most trips are on a trailer pulled by an ATV. We will fly back to Anchorage on the morning of September 4. We recommend booking your flight home on September 5 in case of any weather-related delays.

Why go with Dawn? Horned_Puffin_1Horned_Puffin_1A horned puffin flies away with some fish eels on a rainy day at Puffin Island near Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. Participating in a photo workshop with Dawn, recognized as a top-ten female nature photographer by Wild Planet Photo Magazine, provides the opportunity to get more personal attention from an experienced and passionate nature and wildlife photographer. Her goals for your photography include helping all participants with composition, teaching about animal behavior for better photos, instruction on how to create visual and emotional impact, and understanding camera techniques. Your photo workshop leader has a varied skill set and can provide a wide variety of photography instruction, including guidance for camera equipment, Photoshop and Lightroom, and how to get the best photos of birds, bears and landscapes.


During down times and as desired by the workshop participants, we will download, edit and critique photos from the trip.

Cost includes:
- all meals, transportation and lodging (double occupancy) in Lake Clark National Park
- roundtrip airfare to and from Anchorage to Lake Clark Brown_bear_LC_1Brown_bear_LC_1A brown bear sow (Ursus arctos) scratches her leg while she watches the nearby water for salmon as her two cubs sit patiently behind her on a cloudy day in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.
- field instruction and guide services
- software instruction
- boat ride to Puffin Island
- permits and park fees

Cost DOES NOT include
airfare to or from home to Anchorage
- lodging, transportation or meals in Anchorage
- tips for lodge staff and bear guide
- alcoholic beverages at lodge

I look forward to having you join the group in Alaska!


About Dawn Wilson Brown_Bear_LC_38Brown_Bear_LC_38A brown bear cub (Ursus arctos) tries to steal a little piece of the fish his mom is eating on the beach in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Brown_Bear_HB_27Brown_Bear_HB_27A brown bear (Ursus arctos) looks past the camera in a close-up view while walking through a sedge meadow near Hallo Bay in Katmai National Park, Alaska.


As a professional wildlife photographer, writer and Master Naturalist, Dawn travels extensively throughout the Rocky Mountains and Alaska photographing the animals of high latitudes and high altitudes. These animals love the cold and remote regions as much as she does, and she enjoys sharing her stories and photos to encourage others to see and conserve these beautiful regions.



Her work has appeared in numerous publications, calendars and photo exhibits, including Outdoor Photographer, Colorado Outdoors, Wyoming Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife, National Geographic Digital, MotorHome and Colorado Life. She was also recognized as a Top Ten Female Nature Photographer to Watch by Wild Planet Photo Magazine in 2016.


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