Workshop Details

  • Date: May 30, 2017
  • Time: 7am - 6pm
  • Location: Ricketts Glen State Park, PA
  • Cost: $250.00
Ricketts Glen Waterfalls One Day Workshop

Amount due in full at registration.

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Ricketts Glen harbors Glens Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark. Take the Falls Trail and explore the Glens, which boasts a series of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn clefts in this ancient hillside. The 94-foot Ganoga Falls is the highest of 22 named waterfalls. Old growth timber and diverse wildlife add to the scenic area. Ricketts Glen State Park is one of the most scenic areas in Pennsylvania.

The Glens Natural Area, a registered National Natural Landmark since October 12, 1969, and a Pennsylvania State Park Natural Area, is the main scenic attraction in the park. Two branches of Kitchen Creek cut through the deep gorges of Ganoga Glen and Glen Leigh and unite at “Waters Meet” and then flow through Ricketts Glen, among giant pines, hemlocks and oaks.

Many of the magnificent trees in this area are over 500 years old and ring counts on fallen trees have revealed ages as high as 900 years. Diameters of almost four feet are common and many trees tower to 100 feet in height. The area is the meeting ground of the southern and northern hardwood types, creating an extensive variety of trees.

Twenty-one waterfalls are along the Falls Trail within the Glens Natural Area, while one (Adams) is only a few hundred feet from the Evergreen Parking Lot off of PA 118.

This workshop include hiking through the Glens to the very best waterfalls in the PA. I will provide expert instruction, guiding and image critiques over the course of the day. We will hit the trail very early in the morning and go all day until about 4pm. Please remember to pack a lunch, plenty of water and snacks for the day.

Physical Difficulty

Activity Level: Moderate

You must be in good physical condition for this workshop and be prepared to spend the majority of the day hiking and shooting. A sturdy tripod, wide angle lens, polariing filter and light backpack are essential. Also, you must have sturdy hiking boots, a treking pole and outdoor clothing for this event.


  • Lightweight, quickdry pants.
  • Closed toe shoes that can get wet (I love these SEAC Neoprene Boots to keep the dirt out),
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella (as a splash guard for the camera, not for the photographer!)
  • DSLR & Lenses ranging from wide angle (16mm) to telephoto (300mm). 
  • Camera manual
  • Memory cards
  • Tripod
  • Cable Release Trigger
  • Filters (Circular Polarizing Filter, Graduated ND Filters and Solid ND filters for long exposures)
  • Lens cloths, rocket blower, etc. 
  • Computer with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Notebook


  • Meals and snacks
  • Lodging
  • Transportation
  • Park entrance fees