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Annie Van Dinther

Annie began her career as a naturalist on a whale-watching vessel off Cape Cod. With degrees in biology and geology, and with her enthusiasm for teaching and understanding animal behavior, she eventually became head naturalist. The rich waters of Stellwagen Bank provided the perfect classroom to lead field courses in marine biology and research humpback whales. NHA discovered Annie in 1999, and she has been inspiring travelers ever since. Her contagious curiosity and devotion to deep observation of our natural world permeate every adventure she leads. With a focus on Canada, Annie has guided trips to see polar bears and belugas in Churchill; Spirit bears, brown bears and whales in British Columbia; harp seals in Quebec’s Magdalen Islands; and whales and birds in Newfoundland. She has also guided trips in Mexico, the Galapagos Islands and Alaska. An award-winning writer, Annie now lives in Alaska where she divides her professional time between writing, guiding sea kayak trips, and leading Natural Habitat adventures.

Upcoming Adventures with Annie:
Polar Bears of Churchill
Sailing Antarctica: The Ultimate Polar Nature Expedition
Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Photo Safari
Alaska's Inside Passage Wildlife Explorer
Alaska's Coastal Grizzlies: Kodiak to Katmai
Alaska's Grizzlies: Kodiak to Katmai Photo Tour

Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:

K. Tonn
"Annie was amazing!!! Her knowledge and passion for Churchill and the polar bears was exceptional. I felt extremely confident that we were in very good hands and were getting the very most out of our time in Churchill. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed the night she shared with us her own story about her first time in Churchill and how she became an Expedition Leader for the polar bears. She's a fantastic story-teller and it really was a special story to hear."

E. Cox
"Annie was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide. She went above and beyond in every way possible. She even lent me some ski pants. Annie made the trip so enjoyable and exciting and was always on the look out for animals. She was outstanding!!!"

L & B Rizzotti

“She added so much to an exciting adventure. Top-notch dedication and a great leader! Lots of laughs too!!!”

S. Schultz

"Wow, this woman is fantastic. She is so knowledgeable about the animals, the area, the history, and the people. I am so glad Annie was our guide, we had a wonderful experience. She knows where to look for the animals, and when to stay out late and watch for the aurora. Always reachable, always kind, and what ever little thing you needed, she was right there. I have never taken a "first Class" trip and I will rethink my future trips. Going first class is the best..........Thank you soooooo much, from a very very satisfied customer."

C. Feeney
"Annie is among the best tour leaders I've interacted with across many tours. She was able to engage with all of us in a very effective way, plus provide appropriate information to ensure the trip was as enjoyable as possible, safe, and balanced."

D. Srembo
“WOW! We were a lucky group to have such a wonderful guide. She answered all questions and provided information in depth! Worked hard to help serve food, prepare lectures and see to the group’s every need and spent extra time with all of the group individually to answer questions they might have. That personal touch made the trip so much better! The trip will remain a lovely memory for me!”

J. Crowe
“Annie was a superb guide. We’ve been on a large number of expeditions like this one, and she ranks right up there among the best guides we’ve ever had.”

M. Walkoski
“Exceptional and certainly beyond my expectations in all categories…made the trip a real pleasure!”

K. Berry
“Hardworking, friendly, and with a considerable amount of local knowledge. An outstanding leader.”


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