For over 110 years the Explorers Club has served as an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.

As new generations continually redefine exploration, the benefits of fostering the curiosity of young explorers are apparent. Time and again, renowned Explorers Club members have credited their ambitious expeditions with ideas conceived in their childhood. James Cameron in his movie Deep Sea Challenge mentions how he was inspired as a child by the 1960 voyage to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, which led him to build cardboard submarines and imagine going to the places he is visiting today. Sylvia Earle describes the beach, at her childhood vacation home, in New Jersey as “heaven” and in her movie Mission Blue, she talks about how those memories have fueled her connection to nature and her love of the ocean.

In early 2016 several Club members started a program for young explorers to nurture their sense of curiosity and to ignite their spirit of exploration. With an intent to foster future citizens of the planet, the program also strengthens the relationships among participating members and their families.

The program objectives are:

  1. Nurture the sense of curiosity and instinct of exploration among young children via lectures, activities, and programs

  2. Develop awareness of past/future exploration, as well as issues, environments, and actions to make a difference

  3. Foster broader engagement among existing members who participate in the program

  4. Cultivate and attract future members at an early age