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The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Since its inception in 1904, the Club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide. Our headquarters is located at 46 East 70th Street in New York City.

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.

The Club provides expedition resources including funding, online information, and member-to-member consultation. And our famed annual dinners honor accomplishments in exploration. But probably the most powerful resource available to those who join the Club is fellowship with other members—a global network of expertise, experience, technology, industry, and support. The Explorers Club actively encourages public interest in exploration and the sciences through its public lectures program, publications, travel program, and other events. The Club also maintains Research Collections, including a library and map room, to preserve the history of the Club and to assist those interested and engaged in exploration and scientific research.


Since 1856 the Academy of Science in St. Louis has been a leader in the advancement and integration of science and technology into contemporary society. From its rich history as a science museum to the realization of a longstanding goal by taking the lead in the development of a “well-equipped and suitable science center” for St. Louis, the Academy has always been able to focus its resources for maximum return. Today, Academy resources are focused on expanded scientific outreach, education, resource sharing, and the recognition of scientific accomplishment.


American Rivers is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring rivers nationwide. Founded over 25 years ago in a dusty Denver office, today we have offices in Washington, DC and across the country.


Archaeological Institute of America, St. Louis Society holds free monthly lectures that are open to the public. These lectures are given by professional Archaeologists who are experts in their fields and cover a wide range of topics from new excavation data to analysis of sculpture and painting.


The Bhutan Foundation serves the people of Bhutan in living and sharing the principle of Gross National Happiness.


The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a global vision to improve the human condition. Research at the Danforth Center will enhance the nutritional content of plants to improve human health, increase agricultural production to create a sustainable food supply, and provide the scientific ideas and technologies that will contribute to the economic growth of the St. Louis region and of the State of Missouri.


The Endangered Wolf Center (formerly The Wild Canid and Research Center), was founded in 1971 by two Explorers Club members. Dr. Marlin Perkins and his wife Carol. Carol was the third Chairman of our Chapter, and Marlin was awarded the Sweeney Medal in the late 1970’s.  As a result of their efforts and those of Center staff, USFWS, and other conservation partners, Mexican Gray and red Wolves are living again in the wild after near extinction.


Anti-poaching rangers form the first and last line of defence for nature. Without the right training, equipment, management and support they cannot defend the World’s natural heritage for future generations.

The IAPF fulfills this niche responsibility within its areas of operations, whilst working alongside credible partners who specialise in the other vital components of conserving protected area biodiversity. The requirement for inspiring urgent political action towards the safekeeping of the planet cannot be overstated.

This responsibility should transcend all levels of industry, business and society as we strive for a generation of people that give, not take. Increasing pressure on the world’s natural assets is simply not sustainable.


The St. Louis Zoo is a state-of-the-art biopark and home to more than 3,000 animals and features Jungle of the Apes and Big Cat Country. Additional attractions include the Emerson Electric Children’s Zoo, The Living World educational center, sea lion shows and bird house.

Jeffrey Bonner, President and CEO of the St. Louis Zoo, is an Explorers Club Member.


Explorers Club members Dr. Jeffrey Bonner, Dana Brown President and CEO of The St. Louis Zoo, and Marguerite Perkins Garrick, St. Louis Chapter Chair both sit on the St. Louis Zoo’s Conservation Council which oversees The Wildcare Institute.


The X PRIZE is a $10,000,000 prize to jumpstart the space tourism industry through competition between the most talented entrepreneurs and rocket experts in the world.

Peter Diamandis, the chairman of the Xprize, is an Explorers Club Member.

Contact Us

The Explorers Club Saint Louis
c/o Marguerite Perkins Garrik
886 Queen Anne Place
St. Louis, Missouri 63122