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Joining The Explorers Club

The Explorers Club has approximately 3,500 members representing every continent and in more than 60 countries, comprising 32 chapters around the globe. The Club’s members include leaders in polar exploration, diving, aerospace exploration, archaeology, zoology, physics, oceanography, astronomy, ecology, geology, paleontology, conservation mountaineering, and speleology. The Club counts among its members the giants of twentieth-century exploration; its present and future members are poised to leave humankind a similar legacy of discovery and achievement in the twenty-first century.


Who is considered for Membership?

The Explorers Club differentiates exploration for field science from exploratory travel for tourism. While both activities are valuable, our members and those qualified for membership are persons who carry out or assist in field science expeditions to study unknown or little known destinations or phenomena in order to gain knowledge for humankind. You need not have climbed Everest, dived to the deepest point in the ocean, or discovered a new dinosaur. But we are looking for individuals who have gotten their hands dirty and their feet wet working in the field as participants in one or more documented scientific expeditions.


Tourism, by comparison, is enjoyed primarily for pleasure or self education. Therefore, extensive travel photography, participation in educational tours, or similar pursuits in remote parts of the world do not alone qualify one to become a member.


However, we do have a category, Friend of The Explorers Club, for people who, though not qualified for membership, would like to associate with the club and support its goals. We hope that, as they meet members and experience the culture of exploration, these Friends might take the initiative to participate in expeditions, so that they may be moved into the ranks of full membership. Anyone supporting our mission can be a member at some level. 


Membership requires one to two sponsors depending on the category being applied for.  It is recommended that you join us for some of our meetings and get to know potential sponsors.  If you would like to be added to our mailing list send an email to and ask to be added. 


Additional information and membership application

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