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Nature Photography Workshop with John Reed Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge


FOLKSTON, Georgia – Local award winning and widely published nature photographer, John Reed, will conduct a Spring Nature Photography Workshop at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, March 6 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.). “March is a wonderful time to photograph at Okefenokee. Winter is on the wane and spring is just around the corner. Cool days with warm sun, and the biting insects aren’t out yet looking for their lunch” says Reed. “The iconic alligators are there up close, plus all manner of birds, flowers, beautiful landscapes, and perhaps even a bobcat, raccoon, fox squirrel, bear or more! You never know what you’ll see.”
The day begins in the classroom with a review of some photo basics to be ready for the morning shoot. The rest of the morning is then spent in the refuge “hands on” shooting. This field work also includes lessons, many tips, and any individual help from John as needed or requested. After a lunch break, classroom sessions include presentations and lessons on more digital photography fundamentals and using your camera more effectively. The workshop wraps up with a final hands-on shoot very near the classroom.
Cost for the workshop is $60 in advance. This workshop will adhere to all public health guidelines and recommendations due to the coronavirus, and preregistration is required to ensure acceptable group size. The workshop is sponsored by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, and John Reed Photography. For registration and information, call the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The $5 entrance fee to the refuge is not included in the workshop cost.
The Main Entrance (Suwannee Canal Recreation Area) to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is located 11 miles southwest of Folkston, GA off Hwy 121/23. The refuge is open daily and offers a variety of opportunities for the visiting public. Call 912-496-7836 or visit the refuge website at for hours of operation, upcoming events, and entrance fee information.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to our events for all participants. Persons needing reasonable accommodations in order to attend and participate in our events should contact Susan Heisey at (912) 496-7366 ext. 233 or In order to allow sufficient time to process requests, please contact us for assistance at least five business days before the event.
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