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Education For Life

We want to provide more than just a bear viewing trip, we want to engage explorers from all walks of life. We hope that everyone who takes one of our trips leaves with an understanding of bears and a knowledge of their world. These articles are an extension of our desire to not only provide an experience, but an education about all things Katmai—from its majestic brown bears to the salmon that provide food and nutrients to far more than the bears. We hope to inspire environmental guardians, but more fundamentally, we hope to instill within all of our guests a love for things that grow, whether that be Katmai and its brown bears, or your own backyard. 

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How and Why We Leave No Trace

Feb 22, 2024

Katmai National Park, Leave No Trace,

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Libby Bushell
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ARTICLE

How to camp in Katmai National Park: With Bears and All

Jun 29, 2023

Bear viewing, fishing, hiking, packrafting, and more. You’ll want to do your research ahead of time to get the most out of your adventure.

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Melanie Cox
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ARTICLE

Alaska's common bush aircraft: a brief overview

Mar 8, 2023

This article is to encourage visitors and Alaskan residents who don’t have bush aviation as a part of their lives.

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Joey Karrigan
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ARTICLE

Lake Clark National Park: A Summary Of Its History & Main Areas

Sep 11, 2023

Learn about Dick Proenneke, Port Alsworth, and volcanoes

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Melanie Cox
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ARTICLE

About Marine Debris

Jun 1, 2023

Learn about marine debris, how it affects the environment, and what you can do about it.

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Melanie Cox
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ARTICLE

The Lifecycle of Salmon

Dec 23, 2022

Salmon are the bedrock and foundation of the ecosystems in which they live.

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Joey Karrigan
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ARTICLE

6 Reasons to go Bear Viewing in June: Spring cubs, mating, more

We begin our bear viewing season the 1st of June ensuring the snow has melted and the bears have the opportunity to arrive at the meadow.

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Melanie Cox
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INTERVIEW

An Interview with Kenai Aviation

May 5, 2023

Join us as we sit down with Jacob Caldwell where he tells us more about Kenai Aviation.

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Joey Karrigan
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ARTICLE

5 Kinds of Salmon You Can Find in Katmai

Nov 15, 2022

Although sockeye salmon are undoubtedly the most abundant in Katmai, you can find all five species of Pacific salmon.

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Joey Karrigan
Bear Viewing Essentials
Article

How and Why We Leave No Trace

Feb 15, 2024

This is why we can exist amidst them. We do it by practicing the principles of Leave No Trace.

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Libby B Bushell
Article

6 Reasons to go Bear Viewing in June: Spring Cubs, mating, more

Aug 3, 2023

We begin our bear viewing season the 1st of June ensuring the snow has melted and the bears have the opportunity to arrive at the meadow.

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Melanie Cox
Article

What is Bear Viewing?

Oct 22, 2019

While bears are certainly the pinnacle of our bear viewing adventures, bear viewing is about so much more.

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Joey Karrigan
Aviation
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Alaska's common bush aircraft: a brief overview

Mar 8, 2023

This article is to encourage visitors and Alaskan residents who don’t have bush aviation as a part of their lives.

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Joey Karrigan
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Questions to Ask Before You Fly

Dec 3, 2019

In this article, we explore some of the questions to ask so you can make a more informed decision before your Alaskan bush flight.

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Joey Karrigan
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The de Havilland Otter: The Workhorse of the North

Nov 19, 2019

Emerald Air Service flies the DHC-3 Otter because it provides the classic Alaska bush experience.

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Joey Karrigan
Natural History
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Glaciers in Southcentral Alaska

May 19, 2020

What is a glacier and how do they form?

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Joey Karrigan
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Article

A Field Guide to Katmai's Spruce

Feb 11, 2020

Distinguish between Alaska's different spruce while you're out in Katmai.

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Joey Karrigan
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Pebble Mine Threatens Katmai National Park

Mar 23, 2020

Our mission here at Emerald Air Service is to share the treasures of Katmai National Park, and we believe the Pebble Mine will harm Katmai's beautiful wildlife.

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Joey Karrigan
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