All Summer 2023 Programs

Norway

Venture to Norway this summer to experience its stunning fjords and soaring peaks, and immerse yourself in the country’s culture and traditions. Norwegians have a storied history of connecting with the natural world and their kinship with the Earth is infused into many aspects of daily life. Forge your own relationship with the region as you hike, kayak, and adventure through spectacular landscapes and experience age-old traditions that live on today. From fishing hamlets to bustling old-world cities, discover how Norwegians are preserving their rich cultural legacy for future generations.

June 26, 2023  –  July 12, 2023
July 12, 2023  –  July 28, 2023
Grades: 9–12
14–16 students, 2 leaders
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Thailand

Vibrant traditions, world-renowned cuisine, and spectacular landscapes dotted with glistening temples: it’s easy to see what makes Thailand one of the most-visited places on the planet. This summer, choose either the Photography or Anthropology, Culture, & Tradition On Assignment theme, and discover what makes Thailand unique and culturally diverse. Photograph iconic wildlife and vibrant village markets, and immerse yourself in landscapes and cultures as you travel from Ayutthaya, old Siam’s capital, to the lush mountains of Chiang Mai province in the north. Spot an elephant or gibbon in their natural habitat at Khao Yai National Park, visit Thailand’s highest peak, … Continue reading

July 1, 2023  –  July 21, 2023
July 15, 2023  –  Aug 4, 2023
Grades: 9–12
14–16 students, 2 leaders
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Iceland

Iceland is a country of extremes, where geysers and lava flows coexist with powerful waterfalls and calving glaciers. Located at the edge of the Arctic Circle, much of the island remains under ice, yet it is also one of the planet’s most volcanically active countries. This summer, travel to the Land of Fire and Ice and take advantage of long days and bright nights to explore the country’s impressive landscapes. Choose either the Photography or Climate & Geology On Assignment and delve into your focus area as you experience the wonders of Iceland up close.

June 25, 2023  –  July 8, 2023
June 30, 2023  –  July 13, 2023
Grades: 9–12
18–21 students, 3 leaders
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Baja & the Gulf of California

Travel to Baja California this fall and experience the warm turquoise waters and marine ecosystems that Jacques Cousteau called the “Galápagos of North America.” On this conservation-focused gap program, live in seaside casitas and spend your time snorkeling, diving, sailing, and exploring one of the most biodiverse marine environments in the world. The Sea of Cortez, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to sea lions, whalesharks, rays, whales, and countless species of fish and invertebrates. Alongside marine educators, naturalists, and expert guides, study this fascinating ecosystem from both above and below the waves, learn to sail, and gain a deeper understanding and passion for marine science and conservation.

July 14, 2023  –  July 25, 2023
July 27, 2023  –  Aug 7, 2023
Grades: 9–12
20–24 students, 3 leaders
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Tokyo

During this program, learn how to capture this iconic city’s creativity—and the enduring symbols of centuries-old Japanese culture—during hands-on classes led by our photo and film instructors, and a National Geographic Explorer. Then hit the streets to photograph the color and motion of Tokyo, play around with stop motion animation, or head to the mountainous town of Hakone in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park to capture picturesque views of Lake Ashinoko.

July 23, 2023  –  Aug 3, 2023
Grades: 9–12
40–50 students, 6–8 leaders
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Yellowstone

Yellowstone

With erupting geysers, endless grasslands teeming with wildlife, and gem-colored geothermal pools, Yellowstone National Park is an ideal setting to explore the field of photography. This summer, venture into this geological wonderland with a team of talented photography instructors and a National Geographic Explorer to document bears and bison, pronghorns, wolves, elk, bald eagles, and more. Explore the techniques and craft of photography through daily hands-on lessons, take compelling landscape photos that capture the magic of this national park, and document its unique geologic phenomena through your camera’s lens.

June 28, 2023  –  July 6, 2023
July 9, 2023  –  July 17, 2023
Grades: 9–12
18–20 students, 3 leaders
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Canadian Arctic

The Arctic tundra is one of our planet’s most surprising wildlife habitats: an endless snowscape in the winter that bursts with life when summer arrives, drawing migrating species such as caribou, beluga whales, and—most famously—polar bears. Travel to the Canadian Arctic this summer to experience this habitat and its residents up close, using an Arctic research facility in Churchill, Canada, as your base. Choose either the Photography or Wildlife Conservation workshop, and delve into your focus area as you set out to track the intriguing wildlife that has adapted to extreme Arctic conditions.

July 18, 2023  –  July 28, 2023
Aug 6, 2023  –  Aug 16, 2023
Grades: 9–12
16–18 students, 2 leaders
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Ecuador & the Galápagos

This summer, travel to Ecuador, one of the world’s most biodiverse countries to learn about wildlife conservation or photography. Begin in the lush Chocó cloud forest before ascending to the Andean páramo, a highland ecosystem considered to be one of the fastest evolving regions on Earth. Then, explore the geologically unique landscapes and extraordinary wildlife of the Galápagos Islands, home to giant tortoises, lava tunnels, equatorial penguins, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. During the program, choose either the Photography or Wildlife Conservation On Assignment theme, and delve into learning under the guidance and expertise of marine biologists, naturalists, photographers, and … Continue reading

June 28, 2023  –  July 13, 2023
July 3, 2023  –  July 18, 2023
Grades: 9–12
20–24 students, 3 leaders
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Namibia

This summer, go into the field and experience conservation in action in Namibia with National Geographic Explorers, leading ecologists, storytellers, and other like-minded high school students. Choose either the Photography or Wildlife Conservation On Assignment theme, and delve into your focus area. Along your journey, photograph iconic African wildlife like elephants, hyenas, giraffes, and oryx on safari; go sea kayaking in Walvis Bay; and climb the dunes of the Namib Desert.

June 22, 2023  –  July 13, 2023
Grades: 9–12
20–24 students, 3 leaders
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