Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Nathanael Dodge

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Nathanael Dodge combines his outdoor interests, education, and hands-on experience to make Yellowstone come alive for travelers. Nathanael'’s style of teaching is experiential, and in the field he excels at bringing geology, natural, human, and cultural history to life. When he'’s not guiding, he is a youth case manager and field instructor for Alternative Youth Adventures out of Boulder, Montana, where he guides at-risk youth on 60-day trips in Yellowstone Park, Beaverhead National Forest, and Missouri Breaks country. Nathanael graduated from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota with a B.A. in Social Science, and is a Wilderness First Responder and Crisis Prevention Instructor. He is knowledgable about backcountry safety and believes in teaching basic survival skills to backcountry travelers. He looks forward to showing you the beauty and drama of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.

What Our Travelers Say

Nathaneal Dodge is the perfect leader - knowledgeable, organized, helpful, and a kind man. He is one of the best leaders I have known in 13 Smithsonian trips. 

- Elenore S., Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone

Nathaneal was very knowledgeable and expressed himself well. He seemd to bond with everyone. 

- Don B., Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone

This was a diverse group - in age and backgrounds, but Nathaneal seemed to customize the experience for each of us. His passion for this part of the country and his kindness were outstanding! 

- Previous Journeys Traveler

His knowledge of the area and the animals made all the difference - and his obvious love of both added to our appreciation and understanding. 

- Previous Journeys Traveler, Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone