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Photo Workshops to Great Wildlife, Nature and Landscape Destinations Since 1994
Celebrating our 25th Year

PENGUINS OF FALKLAND ISLANDS
January 19 - February 4 (FULL)

$7,195

gentoo penguin jumping out of water

ALASKA NORTHERN LIGHTS
March 3 - 10 - 1 spot left
$3,095

aurora borealis northern lights

BIRDS OF FLORIDA
April 16 - 22 (FULL)
$2,795

reddish egret fishing

ONE AND TWO-DAY SEMINARS
DATES AND LOCATION OF YOUR CHOOSING
$60 per person 15 person minimum

sun star through chirch window in Iceland

COLORADO WILDLIFE
June 24 - 28
$1,795

baby mountain goat jumping

FLOWER TECHNIQUES
June 29 - July 2
$1,595

rose with textured background

KODIAK BEARS - 2 spots left
July 14 - 20
$6,595

kodiak brown bear

OREGON COAST - 1 spot left
August 5 - 11
$2,695

haystack rock oregon coast

EASTERN SIERRA NIGHTS
September 6 - 11
$2,195

bristlecone pine forest milky way

TETONS IN FALL
September 16 - 21
$2,595

tetons reflected in window

ACADIA - COASTAL MAINE FALL
October 7 - 13
$2,795

red vine on birch and yellow leaves Maine fall color

BALD EAGLES OF CHILKAT VALLEY
November 10 - 17
$2,995

bald eagle in flight

 

BOSQUE DEL APACHE / WHITE SANDS
December 3 - 9
$2,195

snow goose landing on water

 


2019 - 2021 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

YELLOWSTONE WINTER
January 20 - 26
$3,425

aurora borealis northern lights

ALASKA NORTHERN LIGHTS
March 9 - 16
$3,125

aurora borealis northern lights

OSPREY GALORE AND MORE
April 1 - 7
$2,925

osprey flight with fish

BIRDS OF FLORIDA
April 7 - 14
$3,125

reddish egret feeding

WILD HORSES
May 17 - 20
$2,025

canola field and barn Palouse

THE PALOUSE
June 4 - 8
$2,425

canola field and barn Palouse

COLORADO WILDLIFE
June 23 - 27
$1,925

baby mountain goat jumping

COLORADO WILDFLOWERS / FLOWER TECHNIQUES
July 6 - 11
$ TBD - Trip details soon

high key backlit hydrangea

OREGON COAST
August 4 - 10
$2,725

haystack rock oregon coast

JOSHUA TREE NIGHTS
August 27 - 31
$TBD - Trip details soon
Contact if interested

Joshue Tree Milky Way

TETONS IN FALL
September 15 - 20
$2,625

tetons reflected in window

COLORADO FALL COLOR
September 25 - 30
$2,625

mount sneffels fresh snow fall color

ACADIA - COASTAL MAINE FALL
October 5 - 11
$2,825

boulder beach sunrise Acadia Maine

PARIS BY NIGHT
October 14 - 20
$3,625

Eiffel town and reflections in Seine River

ICELAND ADVENTURE
October 23 - November 2
$ TBD

iceland glacial lagoon aurora borealis nothern lights

BALD EAGLES OF CHILKAT VALLEY
November 16 - 23
$3,025

bald eagle flight

 

BOSQUE DEL APACHE / WHITE SANDS
December 2 - 8
$2,325

snow goose landing on water

2020 - KODIAK BEARS
DATES TBD
COST TBD

kodiak bear fishing

 

2021 - PENGUINS OF FALKLAND ISLANDS
January 15 - 31

$7,525

gentoo penguin jumping out of water

 

RETURNING PARTICIPANT DISCOUNT
Returning participants receive a discount of $75. These are taken off the deposit and must be made by check to receive the discount.

TRIP AND TIMING SCHEDULE
Workshops are designed to get to our first location from the destination airport by mid to late morning so we can get a field session in that first evening. If your flight schedule does not allow for a late morning arrival please plan on arriving the night before where you would be responsible for your first night stay. We also try to get a morning shoot in on the last scheduled date of the trip and then leave for the airport, making an afternoon or evening flight out the preferred option. When signing up for a trip please ask what the plan is as there are slight differences for each trip based on the distance from the designated airport to our destination hotel.

TRIP INSURANCE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
When you plan your trip, it is highly suggested to get trip insurance. Visit https://www.squaremouth.com/ to find the option that suits you best. My links page has other options. Several times people have had to cancel a trip very close to the start date and due to reservations and loss of space the cancellation refund policy has to be adhered to.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
DEPOSITS - A non-refundable $300 deposit will hold a space with balance due 60 days prior to trip. European and Alaska trips require a non-refundable $500 deposit and the Falkland Islands and bears $1,000. If a deposit is received and the trip is filled, it will be returned and you will be placed on a waiting list and notified if an opening becomes available.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY - Upon receipt of notice you are unable to participate on a trip refunds on final balances paid are subject to the following fee structure - full cost for more than 60 days if the spot is able to be filled (no refund if spot can't be filled) and no refund within 60 days of trip. If a program is canceled, full refunds will be made. Fees are based on reservations made for leaders airfare, group accommodations, guide fees and ground transportation. Travel insurance is recommended to offset the fees of the refund policy (see link on the links page for comparative rate information for travel insurance).

ACCOMMODATIONS - Lodging will be at AAA approved accommodations (double occupancy) when available. Single occupancy rooms when requested will require an additional fee. Also, if a roommate is not available will be required to pay the single supplement fee. The northern lights workshop can only fit one single occupancy room on the northern leg and that gets assigned based on the male / female mix of the group. Some other trips may also force people requesting single supplements to room together, such as the Falkland Islands.

COSTS - Price includes accommodations, ground transportation and meals for most trips. Not included are items of a personal nature including alcoholic beverages. Prices are quoted as part of a package and no refunds are given for unused services. Because some trips include photographing wildlife, First Light can't be held liable if subjects stated are not available for photographing. Wildflower and fall color trips are scheduled at typical peak times but weather conditions may cause conditions to not be ideal. Indoor presentations will be given on most trips. Other unforseen events may occur on a trip that cause us not to get to all of the locations we hope to get to but we will get to as many as possible based on the dynamics of the group and the events that occur during the trip, whatever they may be. Additional costs may be incurred due to unforseen circumstances due to injury or sickness to the participant or leader or to outfitter price changes.

TRIP SIZE - Most trips are limited to six people maximum. Because of this, it's recommended you sign up early to ensure having a spot. Trip sizes are kept small so participants can get as much hands-on help as they wish. Certain trips have to have a minimum and may be cancelled. The northern lights workshop can only hold five. Several trips can allow for seven or eight people but these are rare.

NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR - First Light is not responsible for lost baggage by the airlines or trying to retrieve it. This is the responsibility of the traveller. First Light is also not responsible for waiting for parpticipants due to missed connections as they are responsible to try and get to the location where the group is due to being late due to missed flights. This is why it is sometimes recommended to arrive a day early to make sure you are on time and not pushing it with beating the deadline for being at the airport when the suggested arrival time is scheduled. There are other trip participants to think about.