Winter Photography in Yellowstone National Park

Feb. 2-8, 2023
$5,625 per person, double occupancy, solo travelers are an additional $740 per person
Estimated airfare $529 from Portland, Oregon to Bozeman
Included in the price: Gratuities for all local guides, drivers, meals noted in the itinerary and porters; and a donation toward the production of "The Wonder and the Worry," a film by Oregon State Productions.

Brochure | Register for the tour online | Travel Talk presentation on Yellowstone (55 minute video)

Blanketed in snow and ice, the sheer beauty of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in winter is simply unmatched. Join your fellow OSU alumni to photograph majestic landscapes and charismatic wildlife while exploring two of our country’s national treasures. Traveling aboard a comfortable, heated snowcoach offers greater access and unique perspectives on park scenery. Accompanied by OSU alumnus Chris Johns, '74, renowned photojournalist and award winning former editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine, you’ll have the opportunity to practice new techniques and add stunning images to your portfolio.

Any changes to the itinerary due to the Yellowstone spring floods will be posted here.  


  • Capture images of wildlife like wolves, bison, elk, mule deer, coyotes and bald eagles contrasted against the icy backdrops of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
  • Witness the geysers, hot springs and fumaroles of Yellowstone's Lower Geyser Basin, Fountain Paint Pots and iconic Old Faithful.
  • Talk with science, nature and travel writer David Quammen, author of “ The Song of the Dodo” and meet documentary photographer Louise Johns, daughter of Chris Johns, while enjoying our time in Bozeman.  
  • Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride for a close-up view of thousands of elk, and learn how the settlement of Jackson Valley has affected the herd's winter migration.
  • Meet with a member of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Meet your trip leader: Chris Johns, ’74
You may not know his name, but you could never forget one of his photos. Christopher Johns made some of the most recognizable pictures of our time. A renowned photojournalist and award-winning former editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine, Johns now serves as a strategic advisor to the National Geographic Society. He is a member of the advisory council for the Oregon Stater alumni magazine and in the upcoming year will support OSU journalism students

through mentorship experiences and classroom collaborations.

After spending a career as a journalist walking the tightrope between worry and wonder, he’s now fostering a rising artist with her own distinct ethos. His daughter Louise Johns, who picked up a camera as a child during her father’s last assignment and is joining us on this tour, now is shaping her own photography vision one image at a time.

About the film: "The Wonder and the Worry" 
"The Wonder and the Worry" is a film currently in production about two amazing careers, a lyrical exploration of family, and the craft of photography and the power of journalism to effect change. It is also the story of the transformation of one of the most influential institutions in publishing, National Geographic magazine, which has long celebrated a natural world now perched on the edge of irreversible global change. This is a story of the soul of journalism and of the achingly beautiful planet balanced precariously close to the edge of devastation.

Your participation in this travel program will help support the film's production. Look for "The Wonder and the Worry" to launch in 2023.