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2017 SCHEDULE

ALASKA NORTHERN LIGHTS 2017
March 4 - 11 FULL
March 11 - 18
$2,995

aurora borealis northern lights

BIRDS OF FLORIDA
March 24 - 30 (2 spots open)
$2,595

black skimmer fishing

THE PALOUSE
May 30 - June 3
$2,295

black skimmer fishing

FRANCE - NICE AND PARIS
June 11 - 20 FULL

$4,595

eiffel tower illuminated at night

FLOWER TECHNIQUES
July 7 - 10
$1,595

yellow flower stamen

MOUNT RAINIER
July 31 - August 4
$2,395

mount rainier and wildflowers

TETONS IN FALL
September 17 - 22
$2,495

tetons reflected in window

Colorado Fall Color
September 24 - 28
$2,395

tetons reflected in window

ACADIA - COASTAL MAINE FALL
October 8 - 14
$2,595

marshall point lighthouse sunset

UTAH CANYON COUNTRY STAR TRAILS / MILKY WAY
October 21 - 28
$2,195

marshall point lighthouse sunset

BALD EAGLES OF CHILKAT VALLEY
November 11 - 18
$2,995

bald eagle with fish

BOSQUE DEL APACHE / WHITE SANDS
December 4 - 10
$2,195

snow goose landing on water

 

2018 SCHEDULE

2018 PENGUINS OF FALKLAND ISLANDS
January 19 - February 4 (2 spots open)

$6,995

gentoo penguin jumping out of water

2018 ALASKA NORTHERN LIGHTS
March 3 - 10
March 10 - 17
$3.095

aurora borealis northern lights

BIRDS OF FLORIDA
April 2 - 8
$2,595

black skimmer fishing

VANCOUVER ISLAND
May 12 - 17

$TBD

SCOUT TRIP BEING DONE IN 2017

THE PALOUSE
May 30 - June 3
$2,295

black skimmer fishing

FRANCE - NICE AND PARIS
June 10 - 19

$4,695

eiffel tower illuminated at night

FLOWER TECHNIQUES
July 6 - 9
$1,595

yellow flower stamen

2018 BRAZIL PANTANAL
Dates TBD
$TBD

aurora borealis northern lights

2018 KODIAK BEARS
Dates TBD
$TBD

aurora borealis northern lights

TETONS IN FALL
September 16 - 21
$2,495

tetons reflected in window

Colorado Fall Color
September 24 - 28
$2,495

tetons reflected in window

ACADIA - COASTAL MAINE FALL
October 7 - 13
$2,695

marshall point lighthouse sunset

STAR TRAILS / MILKY WAY
September 1 - 7 (potentially)
$2,195

(new location being scouted in 2017)

marshall point lighthouse sunset

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

bald eagle with fish

 

BOSQUE DEL APACHE / WHITE SANDS
November 25 - December 1
$2,195

snow goose landing on water

 

CHRISTMAS MARKETS OF GERMANY
December 8 - 15
$TBD

SCOUT TRIP BEING DONE IN 2017

 


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 my mid to late afternoon 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 would be wise to think about getting trip insurance. My links page has information were you can compare prices and plans. 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. Links to several trip insurance companies are available on the links page.

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 $1,000. If a deposit is received and the trip is filled, it will be returned and the you will be placed on a waiting list and notified if an opening occurs.

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) where available. Single occupancy rooms when requested will require an additional fee. Also, if a roommate is not available you may 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.

COSTS - Price includes accommodations, ground transportation and meals. 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.

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.