Clients find themselves inspired by his child-like inquisitiveness! From an early age, Neil sought out knowledge of wild things through books, television and just rolling around in the dirt. He watched every Jacque Cousteau special and became passionate about marine mammals, especially whales. To this day, Neil continues to expand his knowledge, attending conferences world wide and visiting with leading whale scientists and scholars not only seeking the most up-to-date information but also assisting in the collection of research data. He is currently enrolled in the University of Alaska's Master Naturalist Program and holds a Coast Guard 25GT Masters License with First Aid and CPR certification. Neil is an associate member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, associate partner with the Alaska Travel Industry Association, partner member of the World Cetacean Alliance. Partner with Whale SENSE Alaska, member of the North American Nature Photography Association NANPA and a contributing author to The Last Frontier Magazine.
Owner / Expedition Leader
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Karen has always appreciated the beautiful lush forest and waterways. Whether camping, hiking with Llamas, fishing or exploring, she is happiest enjoying the wonders of nature. After spending most of her adult life pursuing outdoor activities and teaching her children to appreciate and care for our natural world, she is excited to do the same for her clients.
Owner / Chief Motivational Executive
Lione Clare was born and raised in Sitka and fell in love with nature at a young age. Her passion for nature photography that budded at age 13 has since led to her receiving special photography experiences, including a North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) high school scholarship and being the guest young photographer on a wildlife safari in Tanzania. Lione holds a degree in Resource Conservation and minors in climate change studies and media arts from the University of Montana. She is excited to share her local knowledge and passion for photographing the beauty and interconnectedness of the natural world with you on our expeditions. To learn more about Lione and see her work, visit her website,or her Instagram @lioneclarephoto.
Photography Expert / Naturalist
Simon Hook discovered the natural world early on in his childhood, adventuring in the redwood forests of California. The adventure of Alaska has captured his curiosity and continues to inspire. Simon’s interest in the landscape and wildlife of Alaska presents a wonder for exploration and subjects to photograph. From the tiniest plankton to the tectonic plates that make mountains; Simon’s curiosity has sought out scientists and leading-edge researchers at symposiums and lectures to further understanding of the natural world. In addition to his passion for wildlife and earth science, Simon is extremely handy with a camera, winning several awards for photos of Alaska’s wildlife and landscapes. You can view some of Simons outstanding photographic talents at www.ThreeWavesPhoto.com
Photography Expert / Naturalist
Tyler has traveled all over the world capturing moments in time, yet no place has captured his love more than where he was born and raised. Sitka, Alaska is not only his home town, it is where he always wanted to raise his family. After teaching in rural arctic Alaska for four years it was time to return to his home town. Tyler says this about Sitka, “There is just something about this small community nested between the mountains and the sea, that just grows on you. Maybe it is the majestic shorelines, star filled night sky, amazing wildlife and unique adventures, but it will enchant your heart and never let you go.”
Tyler has spent time with some amazing photographers over the years and been published in magazines, newspapers and travel brochures. A true family man Tyler stated, “but none of this means anything to me without my family. I am rarely seen doing anything without them, and I’m never seen without my camera.” Tyler first picked up his camera at 15 years old and has never set it down. It has taken him on some amazing adventures, introduced him to some of the most inspiring people and helped him show the world some of the amazing things he was fortunate to see. Tyler adds, “I love sharing my passion for photography, capturing moments in time and laughing about the stories that are meant to be shared.” Tyler is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association, NANPA. Some of Tyler’s work can be seen here,