Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished by our members.
Our mission is to advance field research, scientific exploration, resource conservation, and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. The Club’s goals in research, education, and public service include the orientation of young people toward careers in field science and engineering, and the encouragement of scientific exploration of land, sea, the air and space, with emphasis on the physical and natural sciences. We serve as a common bond and meeting point for explorers and field scientists worldwide, thus continuing the early goals laid down by our founders in 1904.
The Club has approximately 3,000 members representing every continent and in more than 60 countries, comprising 26 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.
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, Associate 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 Associates 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.
Fellows have made documented contributions to scientific knowledge through field expeditions. Such accomplishments are often evidenced by scientific publication, but may also be documented in books, popular media, or broadcast media.
Members have evidenced a sustained interest and participation in some aspect of field exploration and have contributed in broad terms to the cause of exploration and the furthering of scientific knowledge (for example by participating in expeditions).
Associates are individuals who wish to associate with The Explorers Club and support its mission. These individuals are crucial to the Club’s outreach as they create an extended network of awareness and support.
Student Members are full-time students, enrolled in accredited institutions, who are interested in pursuing exploration or field science as a future career or avocation.
Term Membership is open to full-time graduate students and teaching instructors that meet the same standards/qualifications that exist for regular Members. The maximum duration of Term Member status is five years (irrespective of age). Initiation fee is waived for Term Members applying for regular Member/Fellow status prior to expiration of the five year term.
Dues are dependent upon the category of membership to which you are elected and your geographic location. Members who live in New York pay a higher rate than our members in Katmandu, because of their greater access to club facilities and activities. Click Here for a full breakdown of dues prices for each Membership Category.
Download and print out the blank form, complete, and send by postal mail to the Membership office.
For more information, explore the website, or contact:
The Explorers Club
46 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
The Explorers Club has started a special program extending free membership to active duty military personnel and those disabled while in active service. Please follow the application instructions above as outlined, then simply include proper documentation of service with application upon submission.
Noted Explorers Club Military veterans include former Astronauts, including John Glenn, now Explorers Club Honorary Chairman; Buzz Aldrin; Neil Armstrong, Pilot in the Korean War, and other such notable explorers as Retired US Navy Captain Don Walsh; maximum descent to Mariana Trench in 1960 with Jacques Piccard; US Army, Brigadier General David L. Brainard; Past TEC President and Charter Member; and American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) Kermit Roosevelt; River of Doubt Expedition.
Recognizing that many National Eagle Scout Association members have performed field exploration and have ideals and interests similar to those of our own members, we are inviting NESA members to consider applying for membership in The Explorers Club; click here to learn more. Please follow the special instructions for NESA applicants and use the application form entitled “Explorers Club Membership Application for National Eagle Scout Association.”