Nate Ptacek

A native of Wisconsin and later resident of Minnesota, I grew up exploring the forests and waterways of the northern Great Lakes region – a place that continues to inspire my work, ideals, and passion for the art of wilderness canoeing.

I believe deeply in the power of images to educate, inspire, and serve as a catalyst for positive environmental action, and try my very best to create work that will do just that.

I am currently based in Ventura, California, where I work as an in-house video producer and digital archivist at Patagonia.



On the Web

Seen in Print


  • NORTH TO THE FUTURE: Topa Topa Brewing Company Show - Ventura, CA July-August 2016
  • Patagonia Employee Pop-Up Gallery - Ventura Artwalk - Ventura, CA July 2014

Film Festivals & Awards

  • World Premiere - BEAR WITNESS: A Year in the Wilderness - Fresh Coast Film Festival 2016
  • Official Selection, Santa Barbara Comedy Shorts - GREETINGS FROM SEAWARD - Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2014


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