Regional Field Events

NANPA photographers on ridge, Slough Creek, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. © Sean Fitzgerald

Explore some of North America’s best locations for nature photography—led by experienced photographers who know when and where the best photo opportunities are.

Why choose a NANPA Regional Event?

  • Get into the field with other nature photographers
  • Avoid extensive research with pre-scouted shooting locations and carefully planned itineraries
  • Take advantage of one-on-one instruction opportunities in the field
  • Build relationships with people who share your interests
  • Enjoy discount hotel rates

NANPA Regional Events typically take place over 3-4 days—often timed for a long weekend. Events are led by one or more outstanding NANPA members with extensive knowledge of the area. Attendance is limited—typically one leader per 6-10 guests, a maximum of 30 participants. One group meal at the conclusion of the event is usually included in the event price. Individual events can vary somewhat from these norms. Please check the listing for event-specific details.

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NANPA Regional – Great Smoky Mountains

October 20 - October 23

Join Tom Haxby and Hank Erdmann for brilliant fall colors, breathtaking mountain and water landscapes, and abundant wildlife in America's most visited national park. 

NANPA Regional – Central Valley (CA) Birds

December 2 - December 5

In the heart of California’s Central Valley, thousands of acres of flooded farmlands provide a winter home for tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes that migrate along the Pacific Flyway from Siberia and Alaska. Sandhill Cranes sleep at night in standing shallow water so they can hear approaching predators like coyotes and bobcats. Before sunrise they awaken, their unmistakable vocalizations audible for miles. Then they fly off in small groups, heading for nearby fields to forage all day, and return at sunset en masse. Their exit and re-entrance are both incredible spectacles, often accentuated visually by dramatic sunrises, sunsets and wisps of tule fog.

Sandhill cranes landing at sunset. Bosque Del Apache NWR, New Mexico © Cathy Illg

NANPA Regional – Bosque del Apache

December 5 - December 8

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is well known for the thousands…

Yellowstone Snowcoach Wildlife and Landscapes

January 21, 2022 - January 24, 2022

Magical light, geyser steam, snow-covered bison, and more NANPA’s Yellowstone Snowcoach regional…

NANPA Regional – Southern California

February 3, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - February 6, 2022 @ 2:00 pm EST

Join Krisztina Scheeff and David Hekel to photograph rushing grebes, brown pelicans,…

Tucson Wildlife and Landscapes

March 30, 2022 - April 2, 2022

Southeast Arizona’s distinct desert landscapes, saguaro cactus, hummingbirds, elegant trogon and more—during…

NANPA Regional – Outer Banks

April 7, 2022 - April 10, 2022

Join Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, photographing along the Atlantic Coast, the Currituck Sound, and other locations for sunrises, sunsets, shorebirds, and black bears.

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Past NANPA Regional Events

Arizona (Tucson Desert)
New Mexico (Bosque del Apache)
Texas (South Texas Ranches)
Maine (Acadia, Bar Harbor)
Tennessee (Great Smoky Mountains)
Florida (Everglades)
North Carolina (Smokies)
Northern Michigan
Fredricksburg, TX
Inlet, NY
Colorado (The Alpine World of the Rockies)
Virginia (Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge/ Assateague Island, VA)
Alaska (Anchorage)
Appalachian Spring
South Dakota (The Black Hills and Badlands)
Butterflies, the Border, and Beyond

Southern California Regional Event © Krisztina Scheeff