Our History

Will Steger

Our organization was founded by polar explorer, Will Steger, based on his powerful eyewitness to climate change from over 50 years exploring the polar regions and his determination to engage people in the issue and solutions. Our culture of innovation flows from Steger’s entrepreneurial spirit and his accomplishments in exploration, education, and advocacy.

Established in 2006 as the Will Steger Foundation, we changed our name to Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy in 2015 to better reflect our mission, vision, and programming.

When we began, our programming centered on adventure learning, expeditions, and raising awareness of climate change in the polar regions. We created the Global Warming 101 Initiative as a central web portal for our climate change expeditions, climate change basics, and educational resources, and to highlight communities and individuals taking action to address climate change.


Our programming has evolved to focus primarily on education, public outreach, and youth engagement. We provide teachers, youth, influentials, businesses, and the general public with the resources and opportunities to engage in solutions to climate change. We remain committed to the metaphor of the expedition, as well as the power of eyewitness accounts and personal story, recognizing that as our world warms, we all have a climate story to tell.

Each year we reach 5,000 educators, 3,500 youth, and thousands of people through public engagement.


Our Work

Build Climate Literacy

We work with educators nationally, providing science-based interdisciplinary climate change curriculum and professional development opportunities.

Develop Powerful Climate Advocates

We empower youth leaders across Minnesota to take action in their schools and communities through action projects, public policy, and community organizing.

Elevate Leadership

We engage the public, decision-makers, and businesses to build political will to act on climate change.

Explore Our Core Programming