At the age of eight, Justin saw his first wild bear. More than 20 years later, his infatuation with all things ursine continues to grow. While attending the University of Alaska Anchorage, he spent summers as a ranger in Katmai National Park. He has since guided countless visitors into the Alaskan wilderness for more than 12 years. More recently, Justin has been guiding polar bear and northern lights expeditions in Churchill, Manitoba, though his nature obsession doesn’t stop with bears. A self-described eco-nerd, Justin is fascinated with wildlife, botany, microbiology, birding, glaciology and scuba diving. When he’s not guiding, Justin likes to travel and photograph the world’s beautiful places, including recent trips to Yellowstone, Jordan, Taiwan, Cambodia, Egypt, Thailand, Laos and Malaysia.
Upcoming Adventures with Justin:
Polar Bears of Churchill
Northern Lights and Arctic Cultures
Northern Lights Photography Tour
The Wild Side of China: A Nature Odyssey
The Wild Side of China Photo Adventure
Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Safari
Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Photo Safari
Alaska's Coastal Grizzlies: Kodiak to Katmai
Alaska's Grizzlies: Kodiak to Katmai Photo Tour
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
"Where do we begin??? Justin was an outstanding, excellent, helpful, knowledgeable, professional and caring guide. His personality was terrific. Although we were not on a "photo tour," as a professional photographer, Justin was extremely willing to share his knowledge and help those of us who were not as knowledgeable at any time!"
"I could not have asked for a better guide. Subject knowledge excellent. Courtesy and helpfulness better than anything ever experienced. Very engaging with the travelers. Even offered tips on photography—above and beyond all around. Genuinely wanted everyone to enjoy themselves and experience the once-in-a-lifetime trip."
"Justin is INCREDIBLE!!!! Not only does he have a vast knowledge of the bears, but if he didn't have the answer to a question, he would get it. He was very generous in helping make everyone's stay a memorable one. He is an incredible photographer and was very kind in helping others and sharing ideas on how to get the "perfect" shot. I was very impressed by his interactions and people skills. He is a polished and personable young man. We would LOVE to go with him again!!!"
"Justin was an AMAZING Expedition Leader. Very professional, great attitude, a true expert regarding Poalr
Bears!! He took an amazing trip and made it a "Once-in-a-Lifetime" experience!!! I don't know how anyone could do a better job at representing your company."
"Justin is a very caring young man . . . eager to research facts for us . . eager to please us and very genuine! I think our entire group fell in love with him and wanted to take him home."
"Justin is an exceptional Expedition Leader and functions at the highest level of competence at all times. He is continually vigilant, assessing the situation and responding accordingly in a consistent manner. His photography expertise is superior. His concerns for our safety in the "dangerously cold" climate was always paramount. There was no issue/problem that he could not solve. He is a delightful individual and has the perfect personality and temperament for his position. We have had guides/rangers etc. throughout the world and he ranks with only the best! Our expectations are always high so to please us is no small feat. Justin made the trip perfect!"