Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished by our members.
The Explorers Club mission is to advance field research, scientific exploration, resource conservation, and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. The Club’s goals in research, education, and public service include the orientation of young people toward careers in field science and engineering, and the encouragement of scientific exploration of land, sea, the air and space, with emphasis on the physical and natural sciences. The Club serves as a common bond and meeting point for explorers and field scientists worldwide, thus continuing the early goals laid down by its founders in 1904.
Anyone supporting our mission can be a member at some level.
Student Members are full-time students, enrolled in accredited institutions, who are interested in pursuing exploration or field science as a future career or avocation.
Term Membership is open to full-time graduate students and teaching instructors that meet the same standards/qualifications that exist for regular Members. The maximum duration of Term Member status is five years (irrespective of age). Initiation fee is waived for Term Members applying for regular Member/Fellow status prior to expiration of the five year term.
Associates are individuals who wish to associate with The Explorers Club and support its mission. These individuals are crucial to the Club’s outreach as they create an extended network of awareness and support.
Corporate Giving supports our mission both generally and with specific instances of sponsorship of initiatives, events, or lecture series. Corporate members are particularly valued for the service and educational programs that their sponsorship helps provide.
Members have evidenced a sustained interest and participation in some aspect of field exploration and have contributed in broad terms to the cause of exploration and the furthering of scientific knowledge (for example by participating in expeditions).
Fellows have made documented contributions to scientific knowledge thru field expeditions. Such accomplishments are often evidenced by scientific publication, but may also be documented in books, popular media, or broadcast media.