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School of Nature: Yellowstone Park to Begin Offering Summertime Field Seminars

Ever wanted to be more at home in nature? Well, now’s your chance as the world famous Yellowstone National Park is starting to offer summer seminars to teach eager nature lovers everything they need to know in the most beautiful classroom on earth.

The Master Series field programs offers three different courses which aim to teach photography, filmmaking, and ecology, while students will be offered catered meals and sleep in private cabins.

Educational seminars are not new to Yellowstone Park, with Yellowstone Forever (the non-profit arm of the park) offering over 600 programs every year on topics such as wolf behaviour, biology and history, but none are as in-depth as the three-day Masters Series field seminars.

Led by experts in their fields, students are given an advanced instruction on the various topics in small and intimate groups of only 12 at a time.

Let’s have a look at what’s on offer…

The Art of Yellowstone Science

“Learn how photographic art and cutting-edge natural science can be combined to search for common laws of nature. Join award-winning photographer Tom Murphy and scientist Bruce Fouke on an exploration of Lamar Valley and Mammoth Hot Springs, using the power of observation and a willingness to embrace the unexpected to discover a new window on the universe.” July 25-27; $1,680 per person

Capturing the Spirit: Wildlife

Shoot a Yellowstone highlight reel or refine your film technique with award winning wildlife filmmaker Bob Landis, known for his documentary work filming the wolves of Yellowstone, and Theo Lipfert, director of Montana State University’s School of Film and Photography. Whether you are using smartphones or 4K video cameras, focus on the elements of storytelling will help you hone your technical skills and create a compelling narrative. Using skills learned in this workshop, you will practice filmmaking in the northern range of Yellowstone during a time rich with wildlife. Participants will have the opportunity to have their work critiqued by Bob and Theo on the final day.” August 7-10; $2,250 per person

From Yellowstone to Africa: The American Serengeti

“Find out why the grassland habitat of the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone is often referred to as the ‘Serengeti of North America.’ Explore the park alongside wild animal conservation biology expert Joanna Lambert and Yellowstone Forever instructor Joshua Theurer, and learn about the many similarities and important differences between Yellowstone and the parks that protect the Serengeti (Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, and Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya).” August 18-21; $2,250 per person