Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Jul 04, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

National Geographic Quest celebrated American Independence Day in an extremely patriotic way – exploring the entire length of one of the United States’ largest national parks. Since the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, the National Park System has grown to include more than 400 areas covering over 84 million acres in all 50 U.S. states that have been put aside for the benefit and enjoyment of the people and protecting of cultural and recreational resources.

First rediscovered and explored in 1879 by naturalist and writer John Muir, Glacier Bay inspires and awes with its grand landscapes and unique opportunities for observing wildlife. Guests had sightings of a myriad of marine mammals, hundreds of birds, mountain goats, coastal brown bears, and some of the tallest mountain peaks in North America surrounding incredible tidewater glaciers. Some of our youngest guests – the Global Explorers – acted as photographers-to-be and told the story of our journey into the bay with photos for this Expedition Report.

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About the Author

JIll Niederberger


Jill is an aquatic biologist, naturalist, divemaster, and captain with a love for everything living in and depending on water. Whether sailing catamarans, leading snorkeling tours, or assisting with cetacean field research projects, she enjoys connecting others to the wilderness around them. Her most recent adventures have led her into a focus on marine mammals – those creatures with fur and blubber that defy the odds by living in or depending on an environment in which they cannot breathe.

About the Photographer

National Geographic Global Explorers

National Geographic Global Explorers

About the Videographer

Steve Ewing

Video Chronicler

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Steve fell in love with the beauty of the natural world at an early age. In addition to nature, his other main passion was telling stories though the medium of television and radio. Steve studied broadcast journalism at the University of Oregon. There, he learned how to shoot, edit, and report compelling stories using digital video.

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