A Growing History

For decades, Explorers Club members have credited their expeditions and achievements with ideas conceived in their childhood. At our core, we believe supporting the next generation of explorers is integral to our mission and serves a higher purpose – for our members, our community, and our planet. 

Since 2016, Explorers Cubs has brought together explorers as young as five to instill a sense of curiosity and ignite a life-long passion for exploration, with fun and interactive sessions led by field-explorers. 

Exploring the poles, polar bears, climate change, Ancient Egyptian mummies, the International Space Station, and much more, Explorers Cubs got their hands dirty making volcanoes and piloting underwater ROVs in a pool on the Terrace. Students have met with field explorers, engineers, scientists, authors, musicians, artists and animals – from chinchillas to snakes to wolf dogs. To see a complete list of previous events, click here.

In 2024, the Explorer Cubs program has eight sessions planned, with exciting speakers and educational activities. This program is perfect for children ages 5-10 who are interested in exploring the planet, the wildlife, and plantlife that live on it!

A Growing History
February 10, 2024
Spring Sessions

February 10, 2024

Join us for Living With Wild Elephants with Explorers Club Fellow Kim Frank, author of the forthcoming book Elephants in the Hourglass: A Journey of Reckoning and Hope Along the Himalaya and writer/director of documentary film in production, “Where the Forest Roars” In this hands-on session, Kim and the Explorer Cubs will learn about wild Asian elephants and their relationship with humans and partake in the same interactive activities as the children Kim and her team met in India where elephants roam.
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March 2, 2024
Spring Sessions

March 2, 2024

Can Videos can Save the Planet? Find out with Explorers Club Fellow Natalie Cash, executive producer in charge of media production at the Wildlife Conservation Society. The Explorer Cubs will see how Natalie uses videos to inspire people to care about the natural world and to take action to protect it. Natalie and the Cubs will also work in teams to envision their own short videos about animals and the bonds we share with them, in zoos, aquariums, and in the wild.
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May 4, 2024
Spring Sessions

May 4, 2024

May the Force be with you! Join Richard Garriott, President of The Explorers Club and astronaut to learn about what it takes to get to space. In this session, Explorer Cubs will see curiosity in action, learn about space, and the forces at work on every mission.
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June 8, 2024
Spring Sessions

June 8, 2024

Calling all Explorer Cubs to help us celebrate World Oceans Week at The Explorers Club! We'll be talking all things ocean: what's in the ocean, how much of the ocean we have left to explore, and how we can protect the ocean.
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“Opening the eyes and minds of our youngest generation to the wonders of science and nature under the guidance of the world’s leading experts and advocates is an extraordinary and unique opportunity afforded by our Explorers Club.

We are privileged to be a part of the “Explorer Cub” program as it begins its journey, first at Club Headquarters, then as it continues, through our worldwide Chapters, as youngsters share in hands-on experiences of discovery and exploration, and hopefully later become our next generation of Explorers Club members.”

Bill, MN’13, and Debbie Liss 

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