Jonathan is known for his great sense of humor and warm southern personality. He grew up on a small farm in Bowling Green, Kentucky where he spent his days fishing in the family pond, canoeing the rivers, and playing at his grandfather’s amusement park and zoo. By the age of 19, Jonathan had logged countless hours in the backcountry throughout North America fishing, hunting, and backpacking. After attending Western Kentucky University, he made his way out west to Jackson Hole. Over the past 10 years, Jonathan has been working as a lead river guide on the Snake River, snowmobile guide in the area’s backcountry, and as a wildlife guide through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. After spending a day touring the National Parks with Jonathan you will undoubtedly feel like part of his family!
Daryl moved to Jackson Hole in 1987 to pursue photography and he started guiding to support his photography aspirations, first on horseback riding trips in 1987 then Yellowstone and Grand Teton trips in 1988. Since then, he has been a fly-fishing guide, snowmobile guide, and a photo tour guide.
Daryl’s photography and writing has been published by National Geographic, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Outside Magazine, Snow Country, Outdoor life, Esquire Sports, New York Dailey News, and countless others. His freelance photography bifurcated to include graphic design work, which opened the door to web publishing. Daryl is the publisher of the “The Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide.” A growing number of Daryl’s blog posts from his blog “The Hole Picture” are being picked up by magazines. Daryl is also the author of the soon to be released ebook: “The Grand Teton Photo and Field Guide.” If you take a photo trip with Daryl you can be sure he will know where to put you for the best shot.
Although Carol was born in Japan to a military family, by the time she entered school she was already living in her third country. This may have planted the seed for her love of travel.
Carol chose Jackson as her new base and initially moved here the day after graduating high school to work in Grand Teton National Park. She then starting splitting her time between Alaska and Jackson for summers and winter, while going to university spring and fall seasons. Her friends finally convinced her to try Jackson year round and she’s been mostly here since (temporarily relocating to the French Alps twice and Canada). Jackson has truly been her home for much of her adult life.
Carol has worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, a volunteer climbing ranger on Denali, a travel agent, an EMT on ambulance, a ski patroller, ski instructor, ski guide, backpacking guide and as a wildlife tour guide.
She is also a long time volunteer on Teton County Search and Rescue. In the summer she can be found rock climbing, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, or occasionally backpacking.
Michael was born in Great Falls, Montana and raised only 90 miles away from Jackson in Idaho Falls, ID. He grew up in a family of seven, backpacking, skiing, fishing, hunting, goofing around, and camping in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that extends into Montana, Wyoming, and beyond. This often adventurous life instilled a love of the mountains, rivers, and ecosystems of the area, and naturally led to a BS in Natural Resources & Environmental Communications from Humboldt State University in Northern California.
As a particularly compelling theme running through much of his life, photography became part of Michael’s degree in Northern California. After moving to Crested Butte, Colorado in 1993 upon college graduation, he began teaching a variety of photography workshops for the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, and has returned every year to teach all levels of photography workshops to over 700 students at this time.
While there is a good deal more to his background regarding photography, most importantly Michael loves to share his 25 years of image making with his students and clients, as well as his very in-depth knowledge of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, in an easily accessible and compelling way.
Michelle is a professional photographer and writer focusing on environmental and nature based themes. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveller UK, Sierra Magazine, New Scientist, San Francisco Magazine, The Economist to name a few. A dual citizen of Ireland and the United States she was educated in Ireland, France and the US studying international Business and French and later photography
She has travelled in over 40 countries and arrived in Jackson in 2014 to work on a documentary photo essay about Yellowstone bison. The story was published globally multiple times and she decided to stay and live in one of the most amazingly biodiverse regions on the planet.
In 2018 she became a certified naturalist with the Yellowstone Insitute and works with Grizzly Country as a certified Interpretative Guide with the National Association of Interpretation. As a guide and educator she is qualified to lead groups in the field interpreting the ecology, geology, wildlife and climate of an area, training people in the principles of Leave no Trace all while imparting her passion and commitment for the wellbeing of the natural world.
As a conservationist she has worked on projects ranging from Mediterranean Blue Fin Tuna, Whale and Dolphin conservation, Bison and Grizzly Bear conservation and is currently working on the global legal push for a universal declaration on the Rights of Nature.
When trying to balance work with play she can be found hiking in the Tetons, riding her bike, swimming in the lakes and snowboarding in winter all while looking around for the 4 legged creatures she shares her home with.