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Membership to the Explorers Club

Founded in 1904 by a group of the world’s leading explorers, The Explorers Club is a multi-disciplinary not-for-profit professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research, scientific exploration and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. The mission of The Explorers Club is the encouragement of scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space. Our members hail from all corners of the globe and are among the most accomplished in all facets of exploration and the field sciences. (Download Membership Application form from the Explorers Club headquarters)


The Club has approximately 3,000 members representing every continent and in more than 60 countries, comprising about 30 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, Friends 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.



The new ‘Explorers Club St. Louis Friends’ category is a new membership category for the St. Louis Chapter and the benefits include special members’ only discounts and the inclusion of your name on our members’ only invitation list.

The cost of membership is:

  • Friends of the Chapter
    • $50 (one time payment to join)
    • Students & Educators FREE
  • Annual dues are $25 for members & friends

To become a member of The St. Louis Chapter Explorers Friends, please contact:

Dr. Mabel Purkerson
The Explorers Club, Saint Louis Chapter
20 Havenview Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63141

(314) 994-1649

Please make checks payable to The Explorers Club.
We look forward to seeing you at the next Explorers Club event!

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The Explorers Club Saint Louis
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One US Bank Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101