Storm Chase Tour Of The Great Plains is an LLC licenced storm chasing photography workshop and weather expedition company. Our mission statement is to enhance the beauty and science of thunderstorms and the strategy of storm chasing to our clients while creating mesmerizing compositions. Our team is comprised of several noted artists and storm chasing veterans. We emphasize client safety, education and conservation in the field.
Yes, our LLC workshop company uses safe and responsible conduct above all else for our clients. Our team adheres to a very strict safety guidelines during all times of our chase workshops. All our workshop guides and staff are approved by our insurance company. All members of our team are certified members of the National Weather Service spotter network nationwide as well.
Our storm chase workshops are available up to two years in advance. We have a limited amount of space and once workshops sell-out, we can put you on a wait-list in case your workshop timeframe becomes available prior to the beginning of our storm chase.
Our reservations require a non-refundable deposit of $500.00 which will hold your spot with the final payment of the entire amount due 60 days prior to your workshop.
In the event you must reschedule your workshop to a different date, we allow you to transfer your deposit to that workshop (as long as its available) or any workshop within one calendar year after deposit has been made.
2020 Workshop Schedule
2021 Workshop Schedule (Coming Soon)
Our workshops offer a chance to reserve up to 8 spots for each workshop. Each reservation requires a non-refundable deposit of $500.00 which will hold your spot with the final payment due 60 days prior to your workshop. If a client needs to reschedule, we offer a flexible plan to change workshops any time before the 60 day final payment deadline pending on workshop availability, for future workshops up to 12 months in advance of the booking reservation.
We accept major credit card payment via Square, (VISA, AMEX, DISCOVER, MASTER CARD) money order and cashiers checks upon request.
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Yes, depending on the age. Children need to be accompanied by an adult and have parent/guardian permission to travel with our workshop. We encourage family outings and offer family discounts.
Our two base cities are Denver, Colorado and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Each hub has been selected depending on storm chase window of severe weather opportunities during the summer chase season. Our workshops launch from and return to our base city depending on workshop. During each workshop, we travel extensively from the base city as possibilities depending on weather parameters. As the season progresses, our workshops will likely chase a wide area in the states of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Colorado and Iowa as possibilities. We also launch our on-call (day of) storm chases out of Denver, Colorado.
We encourage arriving at our base city before your workshop at least a DAY before we begin our storm chase. We launch each workshop at 10am on the first day of our chase so make plans to be at our designated pick-up location in advance.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE: Each workshop has a suggested arrival and departure day before each workshop, and after the conclusion of the workshop. These travel dates are established for the purpose of allowing our clients to have sufficient time to travel to and from the base city we initiate each workshop from.
As our guideline, you need to arrange to travel to the base city by or before your workshop’s designated arrival day (the day before our workshop begins) and you need arrange to depart on your workshop’s designated departure day at your own convenience. We encourage you to schedule your travel/flight so you arrive in plenty of time to make our mandatory 10:00 am orientation on the beginning of our workshop day.
One reason our clients are suggested to arrive the day prior to the workshop is in case of travel delays or unforeseen complications that may delay your arrival. As our rule to our other clients, we do not wait for clients who are delayed on the first day of the workshop and it is their responsibility to connect with our workshop if delayed if possible.
On our last chase day, we will arrive by early evening back at our departure city. We ask you to please try to schedule your departing flight so that it leaves after 6:00 pm local time on the final workshop date or for the next day or at your convenience.
*Note, accommodations are paid for only during the length of our workshops, clients must book their hotels the day before the workshop as well as immediately after our workshop ends.
10am ORIENTATION MEETING : Our workshops will have a required orientation/check in meeting at 10:00 am local time on our first workshop day. Our guides will give you a fun and informative presentation designed to help enhance your workshop experience and to socialize with your fellow storm chasers on our workshop. Our orientation is highlighted with our expected and necessary safety practices that are designed to make sure clients are safe and have an enjoyable experience.
The best and most stress-free advice for our storm chase workshop is to book your flight with an extra day allocated at the beginning and end of our workshop schedule.
We recommend clients to schedule their flights/driving/commute to afford extra time to make their itinerary easier so they arrive in time to make the mandatory 10:00 am orientation on the first day of our workshop.
Most of our clients arrive the day or two prior to the beginning of the workshop to avoid missing our chase launch time. Schedule your departing flight so that it leaves after 6:00 pm on the final workshop day, or just elect to stay for the extra day as your travel plans schedule best for your travel.
Clients should plan on bringing a medium-sized suitcase or travel bag as well as one personal bag that will accommodate your camera gear and laptop. Its important that you pack lightly for space and to help our daily loading process during our chases.
As for camera gear and equipment, aside from bringing your camera (DSLR or mirrorless cameras suggested) we recommend a wide-angle lens, medium length and telephoto zoom lens if possible. An intervalometer (wired cable release) is recommended for long exposures. We also suggest bringing a wide array of memory cards and batteries for your camera.
Here is our list of suggested photography related equipment to accent your workshop experience
To refresh, our clients should plan on bringing a medium-sized suitcase or travel bag as well as one personal bag that will accommodate your camera gear and laptop. Its important that you pack lightly for space and to help our daily loading process during our chases.
We recommend several days worth of lightweight t-shirts and jeans or shorts, a pair of flip-flops or walking shoes that you don't mind getting muddy/dirty/wet.
Other essentials recommended
Before the beginning and end of our workshop dates, our clients are responsible for their meals, lodging and travel. During the workshop dates, clients are responsible for their own lunch/dinners.
We will book clients nightly accommodations during the workshop scheduled dates. We also will provide our clients an optional continental breakfast (Pastries, fruit, granola bars and juice) in addition to the breakfast provided at each motel in the morning.
When time allows during our workshop schedule, we will eat at casual restaurants and cafes typically found in the small towns we commute through.
As for food and beverages, each of our workshops try to give our clients a chance to enjoy a taste of small town cooking along the Great Plains while we are on the road before our daily chases become all-consuming for the duration of the daylight. As for specialized diets, we also try to offer alternative food options for those clients needing to eat healthy as best as possible. Inquire us further if you have a special needs diet well in advance of our chase workshop.
We recommend our clients who require/desire an early evening snack to bring along several small food and snack options they can acquire on the road as we will likely be storm chasing well past a typical dinner hour. At the end of the day, if time allows we will make an effort to have a dinner option available (likely fast food options unless our chase ends at an earlier hour which restaurants are open).