Hone your photography skills and learn how to take better pictures in a pristine rainforest environment.
Join us on an incredible once in a lifetime adventure as you explore all the forest has to offer with one of our expert photographers and naturalist guides. Grab your camera or cellphone and join us in pursuit of the flawless Instagram picture and that perfect shot. Let us show you our office, which happens to be in the middle of a pristine temperate rainforest!
Let’s bring your tour into focus.
After a scenic coastal drive from Ketchikan to a private 40-acre reserve located in picturesque Herring Cove you’ll be greeted by your guide, who will lead you on about a mile-long walk among the towering trees and curious world of the local flora and fauna packed with life and brimming with photo opportunities. Next, you will visit the Alaska Raptor Center exhibit where you will some of Alaska’s most beautiful and majestic birds of prey, including a Bald Eagle! Then, gain appreciation for Alaskan Native culture while exploring a Tsimshian totem park.
You came. You saw. You captured!
Our world-class service and small groups allow for a personalized experience giving you plenty of one on one time with your photography guide. Guides will help with tripod set-up, suggest camera settings, share special angles, point out wildlife and natural phenomenon, advise on changing light conditions, and more. Our professional guides will share with you their wealth of experience photographing landscapes and wildlife all over the world!
Practice your newly acquired skills.
You will have time to independently explore the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company Saw Mill, the totem park with its impressive 40-foot totem and first Tsimshian totem pole park in the Country with 13 poles and the most known to be displayed by one artist and view a blacksmith at work. Shop for souvenirs in the General Store before returning to town.
Please Note: Bring your personal camera and photography equipment. Rain ponchos are available, if necessary. This tour operates in all weather conditions and to ensure unobstructed views will be available on select days.
Need to Know
Comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing and waterproof jacket are recommended
Minimum age is 12 years old
Shopping opportunities are available at the General Store
This experience includes walking for short distances over relatively level terrain, possibly with a few steps or slight inclines. Participants should be able to move into and out of buses or vans.
My husband and I visited this Sanctuary whilst in Ketchikan. Our experiences there were absolutely amazing. Our guides Rylee and Savannah were fantastic. As our group was very quiet whilst walking on the board walks we were privileged to see a bear wander under one of the walkways into the creek and start playing with and catching salmon. She left one at the shoreline and then a mother bear and cub walked underneath and grabbed the left salmon. Being able to watch the bears in their natural environment was truly amazing.
So Many Bears!
What a pleasant surprise it was to see so many bears! We enjoyed our tour of the rainforest and loved seeing bears and bald eagles in the wild. The tour guides were excellent - helpful, informative, kind - and mindful of our safety. Was a great shore excursion even though we experienced quite a bit of rain - maybe bears like rain?
We took our young children on this excursion and had a wonderful time. Our guide Sarah taught us all about the plants and trees, including the interesting root systems, and the salmon hatching process. She even licked a banana slug for us- and it really brought us good luck.
In a 5 minute period we saw a bear, a martin, a bald eagle in flight, and a kingfisher. It was a wonderful experience.