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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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ARTICLE

Katmai National Park and Preserve: a Brief History

May 11, 2022

From the Alaskan Natives who called this place home for thousands of years, to the eruption of Novarupta, we briefly look at Katmai's history.

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Joey Karrigan
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UPDATE: EAS COVID-19 Mitigation Plan

May 28, 2020

Here you can find our policies for mitigating COVID-19 among our guests and staff.

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Melissa Karrigan
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Preparing for Alaska's Weather

Apr 24, 2020

Alaska's weather is unpredictable, but you can prepare for it by wearing layers.

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Joey Karrigan
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9 Best Things To Do in Homer, Alaska

Apr 29, 2021

From hiking and camping to local cuisine and culture, Homer has all sorts of adventures to offer visitors.

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Joey Karrigan
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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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INTERVIEW

An Interview with a Bear Guide: Part 2

Apr 21, 2020

Join us for part two of our interview with Emerald Air Service's bear guide, Lance Bassett!

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Joey Karrigan
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Marching to the Tide's Beat: Life in Coastal Alaska

Jul 24, 2020

In Alaska, the magnitude of the tides requires us to plan around the movements of the ocean.

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Melissa and Joey Karrigan
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Why We Don't "Guarantee Bears": A Philosophy of Bear Viewing

May 4, 2020

What is a bear viewing guarantee and how does it play out on days when bears are hard to find?

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Joey Karrigan
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INTERVIEW

An Interview with a Bear Guide: Part 1

Apr 7, 2020

We sit down to ask a few questions to our in-house bear guide, Lance Bassett.

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Joey Karrigan
 
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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
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When Should I Go Bear Viewing?

Oct 22, 2019

In this article, we take a look at the different months during the bear viewing season to give you a better idea of what to expect.

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Joey Karrigan
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Can Anyone Go Bear Viewing?

Oct 22, 2019

Virtually anyone can go bear viewing nowadays. Join Emerald Air Service's expert guides and pilots on a bear viewing adventure in Katmai.

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Joey Karrigan
 
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What is Bear Viewing?

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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What is Bear Viewing?

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
 
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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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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