February 11, 2019
Well-known polar explorer Will Steger will be visiting Minnewaska Area High School (MAHS) next Tuesday, Feb. 19, and the public is invited to the afternoon presentation.
In the morning, Steger will be visiting classes to share his experiences and discuss the impact of global warming. The public is invited to attend a presentation he will be giving at 2 p.m. in the MAHS auditorium.
Steger has led numerous significant polar expeditions over 50 years and has traveled thousands of miles by kayak and dogsled. He led the first confirmed dogsled journey to the North Pole without resupply in 1986 and has traveled the 1,600-mile south-north length of Greenland.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in geology and Master of Arts degree in education at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and he taught science at the secondary level for three years. He has been an educator, author, photographer and lecturer and has received many prestigious awards, including the John Oliver La Gorce Medal, the Explorers Club’s Finn Ronne Memorial Award, the Lindbergh Award, the Conservation Leadership Award from Conservation Minnesota Voter Center and more.
Steger designed the Steger Wilderness Center in Ely and established Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, a nonprofit that educates and empowers people to engage in solutions to climate change, in Minneapolis in 2006. He has been invited to testify before Congress and has advised world leaders on the environmental protection of Antarctica.
He is the author of four books Over the Top of the World, Crossing Antarctica, North to the Pole and Saving the Earth and is set to begin another expedition in March.