Workshop Facts:
  1. Held March 31, 2017
  2. Fee is 225$ plus Clover Cliff Lodging Fee. 
  3. This is a full scale prairie burn held on a 3,000+ acre cattle ranch, EXCLUSIVE to photographers who sign up for this workshop and stay at the Clover Cliff!!!
  4. This workshop is held in conjunction with friend and photographer, Craig McCord.  Having 2 instructors ensures an even better learning experience!!!  To pay for this workshop, you must go to Craig's page for payment.  Just click on this link.
  5. The Clover Cliff ranch will charge a 20$ per person activities fee along with their nightly room fee.  This charge covers items unique to this workshop, including a dinner, fire department oversight requirements, access and transportation throughout the ranch, Flint Hills educational talks from ranch hands and more.
  6. You must reserve a room through the Clover Cliff ranch separately.  You can click on this link to be taken to the Clover Cliff Ranch Bed and Breakfast website. 
  7. Workshop will include a separate day burn, followed by a fantastic ranch dinner, then a night burn.  Watching the Flint Hills prairie burns at night is an amazing experience that you will never forget.
  8. This workshop is limited to 15 participants, which allows Jason and Craig to better assist you and ensure that you will come out of our workshop with memorable images.
  9. Better hurry and sign up if interested, because this workshop sells out every year!!! 
  10. Questions: Please contact us.                                     Jason: 785-876-6086 (H); 785-431-9884 (C)          Jason's email: [email protected]     Craig... 816-668-3602                                             Craig's email: [email protected]

All images in this slide show have been photographed by Jason Soden.  Sorry, we can't promise storms and lightning at our workshops.  ;-)

Prairie Burn Workshop Photography Facts

  1. Do NOT wear flammable clothing.  We don't want you to become part of the prairie burns!
  2. If you have allergies, please bring adequate medication.  The smoke will be very thick.  Think ahead.  Take your medication BEFORE the fires start.
  3. No open toed footwear allowed.  Wear older, rubber soled shoes.
  4. Be prepared for all types of weather.  Jason has photographed the prairie burns in temperatures ranging from the 90s to snowfall and sleet!!
  5. This is early springtime in Kansas.  The weather can change quickly.
  6. Tripods are a must for the nighttime burns.
  7. Bring extra flash cards and batteries.  Make sure your batteries are charged.
  8. Telephoto and wide angle lenses will be used.
  9. Be familiar with your equipment.  Lighting conditions can change fast.
  10. The cowboys and ranch hands are the boss.  We MUST listen to them.

Why burn the Flint Hills

This is the most asked question at our workshops.  The Flint Hills of Kansas is the largest remaining tall grass prairie in the world, and cattle are brought to Kansas to graze in the Flint Hills every spring.  Burning the Flint Hills benefits the prairie for a number of reasons.  

  1. Burning the prairies prevents invasive trees, weeds, and non-native grasses from taking over.
  2. Burning off the remaining winter grasses allows sunlight to penetrate, causing the grass to "wake up" and start growing sooner.
  3. It is a proven fact that cattle grazing on pastures that were burned in spring actually gain more weight than when they graze on pastures that were not burned.
  4. The ash acts like a fertilizer.