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Eric Rock

Eric’s role as NHA’s Head Naturalist not only allows him to lead a wide range of adventures around the world, but also to play an essential role in improving existing trips and developing new ones. His illustrious career began in Alaska in 1989, where he worked as a field researcher on many of the state’s diverse animal species, including river otters, waterfowl, moose and reindeer. He also served as the Head Naturalist at Kantishna Roadhouse Lodge in Denali National Park. His involvement in many of our North American destinations, including Alaska, British Columbia, Churchill, Canyons and Yosemite, has been integral to their continued success and popularity, and his participation in more exotic adventures, like Bhutan and Papua New Guinea, will undoubtedly serve to enhance travelers’ experiences in those areas as well. When not guiding for Natural Habitat, he works as a freelance documentary photographer. Eric’s knowledge, compassion and deep love of the natural world have a long and lasting impact on those who travel with him.

Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:

D. Grossman

"Eric Rock was the best guide we have ever had on any trip we have attended. Extremely knowledgeable and personable with a knack for making trip members feel comfortable. It was a photo trip, and his help and guidance with our photography was excellent. His generously letting us use his Canon telephoto lenses was an added bonus which was above and beyond anything we expected."

N. Brockmann
"Eric was an *EXCELLENT* guide! His knowledge of photography, nature and culture is extensive and his willingness to share that knowledge was much appreciated. I am a casual photographer and did not have the powerful lenses but to my delight and astonishment Eric offered me the use of his 100-400 lens which dramatically improved my photos of the polar bear s. Also, he set up his 500mm lens and offered it to those who wanted to try it. (I of course did!) I was astounded by his generosity! Though there were professionals and very, very serious non-professionals on the trip, Eric made efforts to explain photography basics (I felt as if it were especially for my benefit :)) On the night we ventured out in hopes to see the Northern Lights (which we did!), he was incredibly helpful: to my embarrassment and relief, he set everything up for me and I clicked away and got some beautiful photos! Eric is generous, energetic, patient, knowledgable and funny--all great attributes for a superb guide. Despite the groans and moans from the group, I enjoyed his silly jokes and puns."

M. Schultheis
"Eric was A plus plus! He was informed, friendly, professional, and helpful to a whole new level. He exceeded my expectations tenfold!"

C. Kennedy
"Eric was a fabulous guide. I appreciated his intimate knowledge of the flora and fauna, and enjoyed the inspiration we all felt from his passion for Alaska. He is a terrific educator and story-teller; his anecdotes, personal reflections and good humor will make so much of the information we learned memorable. He managed very skillfully a wide-range of personality styles, outdoors skills, and photographic experience and knowledge amongst our small group. As a complete beginner photographer, I found him kind and patient, and very generous in sharing his equipment."

K. Brackett
"How can I possibly find ANYTHING that wasn't 'excellent' about Eric? Here is someone who has landed in the perfect profession for his skills and personality. To think -- he could have been a snake charmer instead! And aren't we all glad that he chose the former over the latter???? I have never been a group traveler, but if this is what it can be like (thanks to Eric), I may be convinced to start traveling less independently. Put me on his list of 'groupies' -- I will follow him anywhere."

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