Smithsonian Journeys Experts

John Grabowska

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John Grabowska is a natural history filmmaker whose award-winning films are broadcast nationally on PBS as prime time specials. He has made natural history films on Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the Alaska Peninsula and the Desert Southwest. In a 30 year career with the National Park Service he Executive Produced more than 40 films on National Parks from Yellowstone and Yosemite to Crater Lake and Cape Cod. John has lectured on natural history filmmaking at the Smithsonian Institution and The National Geographic Society, led environmental media workshops in Argentina and Panama and cofounded the American Conservation Film Festival. The Washington Post calls him "one of the virtuoso environmental filmmakers in the country.”

To read an interview with the Smithsonian about his work in Alaska: 

What Our Travelers Say

John was extremely knowledgeable...and was actively engaged throughout the tour.  He was happy to share his expertise and gave informative talks.  

- Susan K., Alaska's Natural Wonders

...always upbeat with infectious enthusiasm, unquestionably an asset to the program.

- Alexis S., Alaska's Natural Wonders

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