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Nature Photography Course Offered
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Spend three days with National Geographic Photographer Phil Schermeister learning the art of nature photography at the High Sierra Institute’s Baker Station located on Highway 108 near Kennedy Meadows. Two new 1.5-unit courses, Nature Photography, will be available to all students and the general public. The first class will take place July 30 with orientation at Columbia College, and Aug. 3-5 at Baker Station. The second class will be Aug. 6 for orientation at Columbia College, and Aug. 10-12 at Baker Station.

This workshop-oriented course will offer maximum field time to learn both the basics and develop a “personal vision” for your work. Field trips will be taken daily in the surrounding forests and meadows of the Stanislaus National Forest. At 6,200 feet in elevation, summer temperatures average just 80 degrees at Baker Station.

Freelance photographer Phil Schermeister has competed dozens of natural history assignments for the National Geographic Society during the past 20 years across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He has photographed numerous national parks, seashores, wildlife refuges and wild and scenic rivers and his book, Range of Light: the Sierra Nevada, was published by National Geographic’s Book Division.

For more information, go online to or for questions, contact Tom Hofstra at (209) 588-5155 or e-mail Enrollment is limited and registration is now under way. Anyone not currently enrolled as a Columbia student who is interested in taking the class should submit an application online at