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Photographic Expedition: The Cloud Wolves of the Alaska Coast

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Learning Journeys introduces you to a once in a lifetime ethical wildlife photographic interac-tion with the wild wolves of the Kaska Coast in Southern Hudson Bay Canada on our newest program where you will discover the science of tracking, watching, photographing and studying these enigmatic creatures in their natural environment, the uninhibited wilderness.

Far from civilization and never hunted, the resident packs of cloud wolves (Canis lupus nu-bilus) have no fear of humans, creating encounters and unrivaled opportunities for photog-raphy. The program is led by Jad Davenport, an award winning photographer who specializes in the art of capturing images that elicit the emotions which make an experience profound.

He provided the first digital cover and inside story for National Geographic Adventure Magazine.

Our base is the beautiful Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge in the heart of the Kaska Coast of southern Hudson Bay. As with all Learning Journeys programs, this expedition take place only with the utmost ethical wildlife viewing. This means, we do not disrupt the animal’s normal behavior.


Photographic Expedition: The Cloud Wolves of the Alaska Coast


November 16, 2021 days and November 24, 2021 nights

Your Curriculum

At A Glance

DAY 1: The Adventure Begins

Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel, The Grand by Lake-view at the Winnipeg Airport.

DAY 2: Welcome to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Arrive in Churchill by air where one of our expert staff will meet you at the airport and provide you with instructions about the morning transfer.

DAY 3 - 7: Find the Wolves!

Enjoy a hearty breakfast while our lead guide briefs us on what the scouts are reporting and our plan of attack for the day. After breakfast, it’s time to head on safari!

DAY 8: Historic Churchill Exploration

After breakfast it’s time for one last goodbye-howl to the wolves before we fly back to Churchill and on to Winnipeg.

DAY 9: Thank You for Joining Us

Thank you for joining us and learning about the ecosystems and wildlife of Artic Canada, one of the world’s most remote location.


Why Learning Journeys?

At Learning Journeys we believe in a new kind of vacation. Our unique journeys help you explore and develop your skills and interest, travel the world, give back to the community and ultimately re-connect with yourself.


The destinations are chosen specifically to make practicing that skill more accessible, and more fun. Typical skills offered are health and wellness, cooking, photography, art, birding and wildlife, language study, architecture, music, dance and more. Programs range from beginner to professional certification. You will even have the opportunity to attend off the beaten path festivals in your specific area of interest which will take your learning immersion to new heights!

Brand Pillars

Transformation

The quest for knowledge as we open our hearts and minds to new experiences can transform us. As we see the world through the eyes of others, the communities we visit and touch are also transformed. This cycle of positive change is at the heart of every Learning Journeys experience.

Education

Learning Journeys is designed to nurture that ember of curiosity inside you into a flame of life-long discovery. Continued learning ensures continued growth, whether pursuing any number of interests that intrigue you or a passion you have honed over the years.

Exploration

Truly, the world is your classroom. Exploring the rich and varied cultures of the destinations you visit multiplies the value of your educational pursuits, and the exploration of yourself. The journey itself – to a new place and new you – is what truly matters.

Self-reflection

Through reflection, we bring learning to life. Pausing from the chaos of our daily lives allows us to sort through experiences to create meaning, from which we learn more deeply about ourselves. Understanding what truly moves us leads to rich and profound actions that shape our lives.

Community service and sustainability is at the core of the Learning Journeys mission. In addition to hands-on interactive classes, we work in the local communities, helping to improve lives and our planet. Destinations are chosen for their exceptional beauty, abundant wildlife, accessibility to expert practitioners, and generally fun places to visit! The destinations are near and far-North America, Latin and South America, Europe, India, Asia, Australia and more.

Finally, just as you remember specific meals from a trip taken many years ago, your ability to recall information is enhanced when combined with a unique setting. “Learning Journeys” are an excellent value for money and an investment.


Departure

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<p> Learning Journeys introduces you to a once in a lifetime ethical wildlife photographic interac-tion with the wild wolves of the Kaska Coast in Southern Hudson Bay Canada on our newest program where you will discover the science of tracking, watching, photographing and studying these enigmatic creatures in their natural environment, the uninhibited wilderness. </p>
<p> Far from civilization and never hunted, the resident packs of cloud wolves (Canis lupus nu-bilus) have no fear of humans, creating encounters and unrivaled opportunities for photog-raphy. The program is led by Jad Davenport, an award winning photographer who specializes in the art of capturing images that elicit the emotions which make an experience profound. </p>
<p> He provided the first digital cover and inside story for National Geographic Adventure Magazine. </p>
<p> Our base is the beautiful Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge in the heart of the Kaska Coast of southern Hudson Bay. As with all Learning Journeys programs, this expedition take place only with the utmost ethical wildlife viewing. This means, we do not disrupt the animal’s normal behavior. </p>

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What You Will Learn/Do

Why We Love This Traveling Classroom

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<p> Work hands on with Jad Davenport. </p>
<p> Jad’s career in photojournalism began as a documentary photographer who started developing his talent for image storytelling while covering more than a dozen wars. His knack for capturing the essence of an experience have defined his career, and Jad is a full time travel photographer with an open assignment with National Geographic Creative. </p>
<p> Jad’s abilities have garnered no less than four Lowell Thomas awards, which is one of the most respected awards in the field. </p>
<p> His work has frequently appeared in many of the world’s elite publications including Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Men’s Journal, Audubon, Sierra, Coastal Living, and many more while also appearing in esteemed galleries, including the Smithsonian. </p>
<p> His work has taken him to some 160 countries in some of the wildest places on earth, from pho-tographing the mountain gorillas in the Congo war zone to the black pearl farms in Tahiti – and, of course, the polar bears of Churchill Wild. </p>
<p> Jad specializes in the art of capturing images that take you back to the time and place and elicit the emotions which make an experience profound. He provided the first digital cover and inside story for National Geographic Adventure Magazine. He is also adept at using any of the variety of digital tools now available for the modern traveler who is not always able to travel with the latest and greatest photographic lenses and equipment.</p>
<p> With Jad’s direction, you will be able to capture your journey into the Arctic like never before, whether using an iPhone, point-and-shoot, DSLR or mirrorless camera. Jad’s focus on the sub-ject and composition make the art of photojournalism accessible to all, regardless of your pre-sent level of photographic sophistication. </p>

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How This Program Benefits The Local Community

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<p> Our program visits remote regions of the Arctic while practicing the highest standards of cut-ting-edge sustainability practices through the eyes of the local community. We seek to raise awareness of the far North’s unique challenges through opportunities to ethically experience the fragile flora and fauna of our Arctic home. </p>

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Program

DAY 1: The Adventure Begins

Before meeting the rest of your group at an orientation dinner hosted by a Learning Journeys representative, we will outfit you with top-of-the-line winter gear for your adventure.
Meals Included: Dinner
Overnight in Winnipeg


DAY 2: Welcome to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

You will then be transferred by fixed wing aircraft to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. This exciting 75-minute flight takes you over Wapusk National Park as well as the historic York Factory. Keep a sharp eye en-route for wildlife, including the great ice bears.

Upon arrival, your hosts will provide a tour of the lodge and get you settled into your room. A thorough orientation on traveling in polar bear country will be provided prior to any outings. Then it’s time to assemble your cameras, hard drives and tripods and start shooting. Time per-mitting, we’ll head out for a shakedown hike.

Dusk falls around 4 p.m., which means it’s time for sundowners and the first of many fine meals from the award-winning Blueberries and Polar Bears cookbooks.

Learning Experience: Shakedown Hike
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
Overnight in Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge


DAY 3 - 7: Find the Wolves!

These daily safaris (usually one in the morning and one in the afternoon) are a chance for us to track the wolf packs and get you as close as possible to observe and photograph their behavior and social interactions.

While it’s possible to observe wolves right from the viewing decks at the lodge, wolves regularly travel to hunt and mark their territory; they can easily cover 40 kilometers (25 miles) a day. We keep in close radio contact with our scouts as they monitor activity at various points along the coast. With our small group size and high guide ratio, we are able move quickly along a net-work of established safari trails.

After morning safaris, we’ll head back to the lodge to enjoy a light lunch and some well-earned downtime. By early afternoon we’ll head back into the field. Some days, depending on wildlife and weather, we may opt for an all-day safari and extend our range.

For those interested in becoming involved with our citizen-science wolf study, the safaris are also a chance to conduct field work. We’ll have opportunities to collect trail cam images, cast animal tracks, study social relationships, map territories, conduct and record howl surveys, and gather traditional knowledge from First Nation oral histories. Participants will receive a yearly update on the study.

Evenings at Nanuk are a chance to unwind beside the fire and enjoy a nightly happy hour fol-lowed by a delicious dinner. Some nights there will be short presentations on wolf biology and natural history, storytelling, and wildlife photography.

The Kaska Coast boasts over 300 nights a year of Auroral activity, making it one of the best places in the world to see the dazzling Northern Lights. November can be stormy, but if the skies are clear and the solar winds are active, we’ll be sure and wake you up for a dazzling show. Jad will be on hand to help you set up your cameras and capture the haunting beauty.
This is your expedition. While we want to offer you as many experiences as possible, we also encourage you to relax. Take an afternoon or morning off (or a couple) and have the lodge to yourself. We’ll stoke the fire, pour you some coffee and leave you with some tasty brownies. Some of our best wildlife viewing happens right from the lodge. You never know who might wander up to the window and look in on you.

Learning Experience: Daily Safaris, Wolf Observation, Northern Lights
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge


DAY 8: Historic Churchill Exploration

Back in town, you’ll spend the day with one of our tour guides exploring the town and surround-ing area and learning about its rich history as a seaport and ex-military base. Your tour will in-clude highlights such as the Parks Canada exhibit, the Itsanitaq Museum, the Polar Bear Jail, chatting with the Cree and Inuit women sewing moose-hide mitts at the Arctic Trading Post, or learning about the Lost Franklin Expedition while gazing at the stained-glass memorial in St. Paul’s Anglican Church.

Along the way, your guide will point out murals that were commissioned in 2016 as part of the SeaWalls mural festival. Before a group dinner, your guide will give you free time to shop for last-minute souvenirs at the unique gift stores in Churchill.

Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Upon arrival, collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors and back to The Grand Hotel. Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening.

Learning Experience: Town Exploration
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge


DAY 9: Thank You for Joining Us

We will be waiting to welcome you on another epic photography immersion in Nepal, Bhutan, India and The American Southwest and Northeast.




Program Registration Fees

All itinerary prices are listed in USD

Per person for Single Standard $12,000.00

Per person for Standard $14,900.00


Program Departure Dates:

Services Included

11/16/2021 8:00:00 AM

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Program Type

Adventure Learning
Ancient Traditions
Arts-Crafts-Textile
Birding and Wildlife
Bucket List Learning
Dance
Fashion
Gastronomy
Genealogy
Language
Music
Photography
Unplugged Learning
Wellness and Spirituality
Wine and Spirits
Woman's Focused
Writing and Literature

Learning Level

Explore an Interest
Pursue a Passion
Change My Life!

Activity Level

Difficult


What You Will Learn/Do

Daily excursions in search of wolves and wolf activity, polar bears, moose and other boreal wildlife.

Indulging your taste buds with our tundra-inspired cuisine, complemented by select Canadi-an wines.

Sky gazing! Our location beneath the auroral oval offers nearly 300 nights of aurora viewing each year. If conditions permit, you will be able to enjoy the greatest light show on earth from within the lodge or out in our secure compound. There is a high chance of seeing the lights on this safari.

Educational evening presentations by our naturalist guides about our Arctic ecosystems, landscape and lifestyle.

Citizen science and field research: We’ll have opportunities to collect trail-cam images, cast animal tracks, study social relationships, map territories, conduct and record howl surveys, and gather traditional knowledge from First Nation oral histories.

Joining acclaimed photographer Jad Davenport on assignment for National Geographic Crea-tive. Gather tips and inspiration from Jad as he helps you document your experience and de-velop your own unique storytelling style. Informal evening sessions will give you pointers on topics such “blue-hour” photography and capturing the Northern Lights.


Why This Program Is Unique

Work hands on with Jad Davenport.

Jad’s career in photojournalism began as a documentary photographer who started developing his talent for image storytelling while covering more than a dozen wars. His knack for capturing the essence of an experience have defined his career, and Jad is a full time travel photographer with an open assignment with National Geographic Creative.

Jad’s abilities have garnered no less than four Lowell Thomas awards, which is one of the most respected awards in the field.

His work has frequently appeared in many of the world’s elite publications including Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Men’s Journal, Audubon, Sierra, Coastal Living, and many more while also appearing in esteemed galleries, including the Smithsonian.

His work has taken him to some 160 countries in some of the wildest places on earth, from pho-tographing the mountain gorillas in the Congo war zone to the black pearl farms in Tahiti – and, of course, the polar bears of Churchill Wild.

Jad specializes in the art of capturing images that take you back to the time and place and elicit the emotions which make an experience profound. He provided the first digital cover and inside story for National Geographic Adventure Magazine. He is also adept at using any of the variety of digital tools now available for the modern traveler who is not always able to travel with the latest and greatest photographic lenses and equipment.

With Jad’s direction, you will be able to capture your journey into the Arctic like never before, whether using an iPhone, point-and-shoot, DSLR or mirrorless camera. Jad’s focus on the sub-ject and composition make the art of photojournalism accessible to all, regardless of your pre-sent level of photographic sophistication.


How This Program Benefits The Local Community

Our program visits remote regions of the Arctic while practicing the highest standards of cut-ting-edge sustainability practices through the eyes of the local community. We seek to raise awareness of the far North’s unique challenges through opportunities to ethically experience the fragile flora and fauna of our Arctic home.


Program Itinerary

Start/Finish City:

Open All Days


DAY 1: The Adventure Begins

Before meeting the rest of your group at an orientation dinner hosted by a Learning Journeys representative, we will outfit you with top-of-the-line winter gear for your adventure. Meals Included: Dinner Overnight in Winnipeg

DAY 2: Welcome to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

You will then be transferred by fixed wing aircraft to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. This exciting 75-minute flight takes you over Wapusk National Park as well as the historic York Factory. Keep a sharp eye en-route for wildlife, including the great ice bears. Upon arrival, your hosts will provide a tour of the lodge and get you settled into your room. A thorough orientation on traveling in polar bear country will be provided prior to any outings. Then it’s time to assemble your cameras, hard drives and tripods and start shooting. Time per-mitting, we’ll head out for a shakedown hike. Dusk falls around 4 p.m., which means it’s time for sundowners and the first of many fine meals from the award-winning Blueberries and Polar Bears cookbooks. Learning Experience: Shakedown Hike Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner Overnight in Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

DAY 3 - 7: Find the Wolves!

These daily safaris (usually one in the morning and one in the afternoon) are a chance for us to track the wolf packs and get you as close as possible to observe and photograph their behavior and social interactions. While it’s possible to observe wolves right from the viewing decks at the lodge, wolves regularly travel to hunt and mark their territory; they can easily cover 40 kilometers (25 miles) a day. We keep in close radio contact with our scouts as they monitor activity at various points along the coast. With our small group size and high guide ratio, we are able move quickly along a net-work of established safari trails. After morning safaris, we’ll head back to the lodge to enjoy a light lunch and some well-earned downtime. By early afternoon we’ll head back into the field. Some days, depending on wildlife and weather, we may opt for an all-day safari and extend our range. For those interested in becoming involved with our citizen-science wolf study, the safaris are also a chance to conduct field work. We’ll have opportunities to collect trail cam images, cast animal tracks, study social relationships, map territories, conduct and record howl surveys, and gather traditional knowledge from First Nation oral histories. Participants will receive a yearly update on the study. Evenings at Nanuk are a chance to unwind beside the fire and enjoy a nightly happy hour fol-lowed by a delicious dinner. Some nights there will be short presentations on wolf biology and natural history, storytelling, and wildlife photography. The Kaska Coast boasts over 300 nights a year of Auroral activity, making it one of the best places in the world to see the dazzling Northern Lights. November can be stormy, but if the skies are clear and the solar winds are active, we’ll be sure and wake you up for a dazzling show. Jad will be on hand to help you set up your cameras and capture the haunting beauty. This is your expedition. While we want to offer you as many experiences as possible, we also encourage you to relax. Take an afternoon or morning off (or a couple) and have the lodge to yourself. We’ll stoke the fire, pour you some coffee and leave you with some tasty brownies. Some of our best wildlife viewing happens right from the lodge. You never know who might wander up to the window and look in on you. Learning Experience: Daily Safaris, Wolf Observation, Northern Lights Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight in Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

DAY 8: Historic Churchill Exploration

Back in town, you’ll spend the day with one of our tour guides exploring the town and surround-ing area and learning about its rich history as a seaport and ex-military base. Your tour will in-clude highlights such as the Parks Canada exhibit, the Itsanitaq Museum, the Polar Bear Jail, chatting with the Cree and Inuit women sewing moose-hide mitts at the Arctic Trading Post, or learning about the Lost Franklin Expedition while gazing at the stained-glass memorial in St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Along the way, your guide will point out murals that were commissioned in 2016 as part of the SeaWalls mural festival. Before a group dinner, your guide will give you free time to shop for last-minute souvenirs at the unique gift stores in Churchill. Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Upon arrival, collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors and back to The Grand Hotel. Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Learning Experience: Town Exploration Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight in Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

DAY 9: Thank You for Joining Us

We will be waiting to welcome you on another epic photography immersion in Nepal, Bhutan, India and The American Southwest and Northeast.


Program Registration Fees

2021 Departures & Fees 2 Departures

Date Double Occupancy Single Supplement
November 16, 2021
Reserve Online
$14,900.00
Per Person
$12,000.00
Per Person
November 22, 2021
Reserve Online
$14,900.00
Per Person
$12,000.00
Per Person
Dates & Fees: View 2021
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Services Included

- Roundtrip airfare between Winnipeg and Thompson/Churchill, Manitoba - Roundtrip airfare between Thompson/Churchill and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge - Two nights’ accommodations in Winnipeg - 7 nights’ lodge accommodations - All meals, excursions, and guide services while at the Lodge Taxes

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