CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College is offering two photo safaris, including opportunities to capture photos at a professional soccer game or mass ascension of hot-air balloons.
The following safaris are available:
• Professional Sports On-Field Photo Safari: Capture sports photography at a sold-out professional soccer game between the Chicago Fire and Sporting Kansas City at Toyota Park. Participants will receive an on-field media pass for this match to catch sports photography or just watch some of the best athletes in the world from the best spot in the house.
Participants will be contacted the week before the event with a specific meeting location to board the bus to Toyota Park. This safari takes place July 12, departing from a location near Elgin at 11:15 a.m. and returning about 8 p.m. The cost is $99. Use course ID: NST S18 007 to register.
• National Hot Air Balloon Safari: Catch photo opportunities at the National Hot Air Balloon Festival in Indianola, Iowa. The night glow and mass ascension of hot-air balloons are two highlights. For an additional fee, participants can ride in one of the balloons.
This safari will depart from Rockford and stop in Kalona, an Amish Iowa community en route to the balloon festival. Afterward, a tour of the National Hot Air Balloon museum is featured, along with a guided tour of the covered bridges of Madison County. This safari also includes a stop at the Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge, which features a tour through the bison and elk enclosures and opportunities to photograph the large animals. The $390 safari price includes transportation, double-occupancy hotel and admittance to all events. Not included: meals and a balloon ride. A balloon ride must be arranged in advance by contacting Photo Safari Network at 312-470-6704. Participants will be contacted by Photo Safari Network before the departure date with information about the tour. This day trip will be July 26-28. Use course ID: NST S17 026 to register.
To register for either of these trips, call 815-455-8588, or for information, call Claudia Terrones at 815-455-8782.