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Dawson Smith

Dawson is a skilled naturalist, great communicator and charismatic educator who loves to share the wonders of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with his guests. Holding a bachelor’s degree in forestry and a master’s in natural science education, Dawson is well versed in the ecology, geology, wildlife biology and public lands management issues of the Greater Yellowstone region. In addition to guiding Natural Habitat trips, Dawson has been an outdoor field educator for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and the Teton Science School. His depth and breadth of knowledge, engaging personality, leadership skills and consummate professionalism make him a highly capable and versatile Expedition Leader who thrives on creating exciting learning experiences for his guests.

Upcoming Adventures with Dawson:

Polar Bears of Churchill


Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:

C. Alkon
"Dawson was excellent. He was incredibly knowledgeable, and did a great job conveying that knowledge to the group. He also was very patient as I watched him repeat the same information multiple times to folks who either didn't hear it or forgot he had already explained it. He was polite and helpful and good humored and everything I would want a guide to be. He also had amazing eyes and spotted wildlife from incredible distances including and Arctic Hare and a Snowy Owl (I had a hard time seeing the owl after he had the scope on it--I am amazed he saw it without the scope to begin with). His knowledge and careful attention to our environment added immensely to the experience."

K. Johnson

"Dawson was absolutely perfect! He was thorough, attentive, patient and extremely knowledgeable. I feel very fortunate to have had him as our guide."

C. Kotarba
"Very fortunate to have had Dawson as our leader. Had the patience of a saint; was funny, optimistic and just an overall nice guy. Give him a raise!"

F. Picciurro
"Dawson's enthusiasm was infectious and his vast knowledge made everything we did and saw interesting...could not have asked for more!"

R. Lewis
"Dawson was a joy- great enthusiasm and great breadth of knowledge."

M. Ratkowski
"Dawson was a great guide. He was really attentive, knowledgeable and just made sure he paid close watch on all his travelers. He made the trip so enjoyable."

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Our Base Camp Greenland trip is named Best Splurge by Outside magazine!

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