Explorers Club programs support field science endeavors across the globe.

We are composed of 30 Chapters, from Northern California to South East Asia, with over 3,400 active Members. Our grant review committees are comprised of over 30 world-class experts, and we award upwards of 50 Flags a year carried in the field by Club Members on significant expeditions.

The Club's Headquarters is a base of operations for our Membership, and also serves as a museum cataloging the history of field science and exploration. 

At this incredible venue, we fulfill a central tenant of the Club's Mission - to communicate scientific discovery to the public - with dozens of public lectures, expedition film screenings and film festivals, and groundbreaking special events. These are all streamed live to the public, free of charge.  

To perpetuate these multi-faceted programs, there is an urgent need for continued support. 

Did you know?

The Club operates a robust Grants & Education program:

  • The 2017 Exploration Fund received 257 student grant applications from 37 countries
  • Despite this interest, we were only able to award 6% of all funding requests
  • Just $55,700 awarded from $925,785 requested
  • Of the 39 projects funded in 2017, the average award decreased $400 from previous years, from $1800 to $1400
  • Only 15% of the 257 student applicants received awards - 8% fewer than 2016 

Within the last year, Explorers Club Headquarters has hosted events with:

  • The Rolex Our World Underwater Scholarship Society
  • The National Geographic Society
  • The United Nations UNESCO Marine World Heritage Centre
  • NASA's New Horizons Pluto team
  • The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
  • The Nobel Prize-winning team from LIGO 
  • Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • TBA21-Academy: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary 
  • The Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • The Ocean Elders

We've coordinated special events which feature important causes like:

  • The Himalayan Cataract Project
  • Force Blue: Special Operations Veterans for Coral Reef Conservation
  • The Okapi Conservation Project
  • Mission Blue: Sylvia Earle Alliance
  • African People & Wildlife Fund
  • SeaLegacy
  • SETI Institute
  • The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation
  • Riverkeeper
  • Ape Action Africa
  • Tompkins Conservation
  • Galana Wildlife Conservancy
  • U.S. Department of State & The Arctic Council

Our Research Collections consist of approximately 550 linear feet of documents, photographs, lantern slides, and maps; an Art and Artifacts Collection containing over 1,000 objects; and a Library of 14,000 volumes, of which 1,400 comprise our Rare Book Collection. Also on display at Headquarters, visitors will find artifacts like:

  • The Globe at which Thor Heyerdahl planned his 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition
  • The Explorers Club Flag carried aboard Apollo 11 as part of Neil Armstrong's personal effects
  • Theodore Roosevelt's Membership application (1915)
  • A porthole from Amundsen's ship Maud
  • Adolphus Greely's eyeglasses
  • A sledge used on Robert Peary and Matthew Henson's 1909 North Pole expedition

A gift in support of The Explorers Club conserves the history of exploration, sends emerging explorers into the field, and shares your belief in how vital it is to foster the spirit of exploration.