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1. A room or building in which goods are manufactured or repaired.

2. A usually brief intensive educational program for a relatively small group of people that focuses especially on techniques and skills in a particular field.

So, what is a Tern Fest Workshop?

Our professional, mentor-led workshops are a deep dive into a particular subject, with the goal of enhancing a participant's knowledge or skills on a given topic.

But what does this look like?

Tern Fest Workshops have included creative writing projects, photography, landscape and wildlife sketches, nature journaling, and more. The activity may be preceded or concluded by educational lecture or guided discussion.

Who is it for?

The Tern Fest hosts various workshops for various ages. Pay close attention to the Tern Fest Schedule color-coding system to ensure that you're planning on attending the workshop best suited to your interests.


The YNS is pleased to announce that the 12th Annual Tern Fest will be hosting a number of workshops, open to participants of all ages. Read more about individual workshops below. Please continue to check back in, as more workshops will appear as our schedule finalizes.

Wildlife Photography: Tips, Techniques, and Settings for Success

Saturday, June 3rd

3:30PM - 4:30PM


Camera Equipment

Learn how to use the settings on your camera to get the photos you desire. Cameras to be covered include basic point-and-shoot to DSLR's and everything in between. Covered topics will include going beyond the automatic settings, the basics of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

We will go into detail about how to capture landscape and wildlife, including those challenging bird photos. Participants are more than welcome to bring their cameras and questions regarding settings, and mentor Don Kluting (read Don's bio here) will be happy to help with a hands-on session following the classroom session.

Buoy Painting Workshop

Thursday, June 1st

2:30PM - 4:00PM


Turn beach trash into treasure with Alaska-based Artist, Kristie Traver, and Ocean Conservancy’s Alaska Marine Debris Manager, Kristina Tirman (read their bios here). Workshop participants will learn about marine debris while designing and painting their very own buoys that were collected during a cleanup outside of Yakutat last summer. The painted buoys will be put on display for the community and visitors to enjoy while also educating them on the problems and prevalence of marine debris in Alaska. Buoys, paints, stencils and all other necessary supplies will be provided! This workshop will be capped at 30 registrants.

This section on Past Workshops is still Under Construction. Thank you for your patience!

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