Adventure Learning – Explorers (Young)

Explorers (Young) – Adventure Learning Teachers Climate Generation’s expeditions aim to inspire participation in climate change solutions through online adventure learning by bringing the expedition and authentic learning experiences to classrooms via the internet. While exploring the Arctic Community Curriculum, also check out our expeditions for additional educational resources and extended learning! Ellesmere Island Expedition […]

Paul Schurke – Explorers (Modern)

Wintergreen Expeditions Ely, Minnesota BACKGROUND Paul Schurke first reached the North Pole with Will Steger in 1986. He has since completed six trips to the North Pole, crossed Northwestern Greenland, and traversed the Canadian Arctic territory of Nunavut. His expeditions have been covered by National Geographic, Outside Magazine, NBC’s Today Show, and Smithsonian Magazine. […]

Sam Branson – Explorers (Young)

Sam Branson – Age 21, Great Britain BACKGROUND Sam joined Will Steger on the Global Warming 101 Baffin Island Expedition from Clyde River to Iglulik. Sam took to dogsledding and Arctic travel like a seasoned adventurer. Sam grew up in both England and the Caribbean and has a great respect for nature and all the […]

Ben Horton – Explorers (Young)

Ben Horton – Age 24, Unites States BACKGROUND Recipient of the National Geographic Society’s first Young Explorer award for research he recently completed on Cocos Island involving shark poachers, Ben is a budding photographer and adventurer. Ben is motivated by travel and extreme sports with a yearning to make a difference for his generation. At […]

Tobias Thorleifsson – Explorers (Young)

Thorleif Tobias (Toby) Thorleifsson, Age 28, Norway REFLECTIONS OF A YOUNG EXPLORER by Toby Thorliefsson My path to becoming an Explorer started early. In the early years of my life my parents were always good at getting me outside and never stopped me from doing activities that might be considered dangerous. I got my first […]

Arctic Explorers: Overview

Modern Explorers Discussion Starters Lesson Plans Action! More Resources Adventure Learning In 1995 explorer Will Steger left Siberia, crossed the frozen Arctic Ocean over the North Pole and arrived at northern Canada’s Ward Hunt ice shelf, the largest ice sheet in the Arctic. An ice shelf is a glacier that extends out over the ocean, […]

Sigrid Ekran – Explorers (Young)

Sigrid Ekran Age 28, Norway REFLECTIONS OF A YOUNG EXLPLORER, by Sigrid Ekran I grew up on the family farm in Norway. My family always enjoyed an active outdoor lifestyle. Now I live a subsistence lifestyle in Alaska, and I hunt, fish and trap most of the food that I need. I live in a […]

Ann E. Bancroft – Explorers (Modern)

Educator/Explorer/Lecturer BACKGROUND In 1986 Ann Bancroft traveled 1,000 miles (1,600 km) by dogsled from the Northwest Territories in Canada to the North Pole as the only female member of Will Steger’s International Polar Expedition. This feat earned Ann the distinction of being the first known woman in history to cross the ice to […]

Richard Weber – Explorers (Modern) BACKGROUND In 1995 Canadian Richard Weber and Russian Mikikail Malakov became the first and only people to ski unsupported from Northern Canada to the North Pole and back to Canada. They traveled by ski, pulling sleds for 123 days! This was not Richard’s first or only Arctic expedition, however. From 1978 to 2006, Richard […]

Lonnie Dupre – Explorers (Modern) BACKGROUND During the last 20 years, Lonnie Dupre has traveled over 14,000 miles throughout the Polar regions by dog team, ski and kayak. Lonnie made a 3,000-mile, first, west to east winter transit of Canada’s Northwest Passage in 1991 by dog team. In 2001, Lonie along with Australian John Hoelscher became the first to […]