Astronaut Linda Godwin to speak March 4th at The Woman’s Club

I hope you can join us at the exciting March program of The St. Louis Chapter The of Explorers Club for an evening with former NASA Astronaut Dr. Linda Godwin.

A veteran of four shuttle flights, Missouri native, Dr. Godwin, who was the 12th woman Astronaut, will share highlights of her 30 year career at NASA during which she logged over 915 hours in space, including several space walks.

This not to be missed program will be held at The Woman’s Club on March 4th

  • TEC Members Meeting-5:30
  • Cocktails-6:00
  • Dinner-7:00
  • Talk follows dinner at about 8:00

There will be a cash bar for cocktails

Wine will come with dinner for those who’d like it.

Dinner price:

$70 for members and friends $45 for students and educators, $75 for guests.


Baby spinach salad with warm bacon vinaigrette. Grilled hanger steak with roasted garlic potato mash and blanched broccoli. Hazelnut chocolate brownie with cognac chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. (Vegetarian, Vegan, or alternative protein options available upon request)

Mail checks to:

Rebecca Doane
Thompson Coburn, LLC
One US Bank Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101

“Lost Temple of the Inca” – Film Screening & Conversation

The Inca Empire was a beacon of civilization in the Andes Mountains of South America. Its people had a spiritual relationship to the landscape, worshiping mountains and lakes as gods. After the empire collapsed, its legacy survived in the rarified air of the high mountains. Prolific archeologist Johan Reinhard searched high and low to solve the mysteries of this lost empire. Among his greatest accomplishments was the recovery of three perfectly preserved mummies from the highest archeological site in the world. But one of the Inca’s most important temples evaded him: the lost temple of Ausangate.

In 2011, environmental scientist Preston Sowell discovered ruins and artifacts submerged in Lake Sibinacocha, sixteen thousand feet above sea level, at the headwaters of the Amazon River in Peru. Sowell believes that the ruins within and around the lake could be part of Reinhard’s lost temple, one of the Inca’s most significant ceremonial sites. Subsequently, two high-altitude scuba divers on Sowell’s team went deeper into the lake to explore further, and one was tragically killed. In the wake of this tragedy, Sowell developed a profound obligation to understand and protect the site and its fragile ecosystem.

Despite the high altitude and harsh conditions, Sowell has found wildlife thriving at Lake Sibinacocha, some well above previously known altitudes. In 2017, he even documented the Andean mountain cat in the watershed, the rarest and most endangered cat in the Americas. Sadly, Sibinacocha and its wildlife are under threat from mineral exploitation. Lost Temple of the Inca, directed by Jim Aikman, follows Sowell’s work with a team of archaeologists attempting to reveal the significance of the site, and his personal quest to protect this sacred place and understand the profound impact it has had on his life.

Featuring Preston Sowell. Directed by Jim Aikman. A Q&A with Sowell and Aikman will follow the screening.

Runtime: 52 minutes

Preston Sowell FN’17 is an environmental scientist and consultant, naturalist, photographer, and National Geographic Explorer. He founded the environmental consulting firm Geotic Solutions in 2015 and is Executive Director of the Sibinacocha Watershed Project. When not consulting, Preston uses his scientific and mountaineering expertise to support research expeditions studying high altitude ecosystems, and environmental responses to climate change in the South American Andes. In 2002, he collected amphibian samples that documented the most remote and the highest infections of chytridiomycosis (a pathogenic fungus) in frogs. He has led, supported, and photographed expeditions to 18 countries around the world, including 17 scientific expeditions to remote areas of South America. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. Instagram: @kokosun.

Jim Aikman has directed five feature documentaries, including the award-winning climbing film Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia (2014), as well as one feature narrative and dozens of short documentaries and commercial campaigns for the likes of National Geographic, The North Face, REI and other respected brands. A holder of degrees in Film and English Literature from the University of Michigan, Jim has cultivated an interest in narrative theory and history. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Instagram: @bedrockfilmworks.

Date: Thursday, February 20

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00pm Screening, with Q&A to follow

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $15

Guest Ticket Price: $30

Student Ticket Price: $5 with a valid academic ID on arrival

Reservation Notes:

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Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. For questions, please contact us at or call us at 212.628.8383.

Growing a Future for Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are one of the most beautiful, diverse and important ecosystems on Earth. They are home to 25 percent of marine life and produce nearly $10 trillion worth of valued services to humanity each year. Unfortunately, corals are dying off at catastrophic rates and could be gone within the next decade. Join us to learn more about these iconic ecosystems and the global efforts to restore and protect them for future generations of explorers.

Speakers Include:

Richard Vevers – CEO and Founder, The Ocean Agency

Tom Moore – Coral Reef Restoration Team Lead, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Moderated by: Anupa Asokan – Ocean Initiative Lead, XPRIZE Foundation

Date: Thursday, February 13

Time: Reception at 5:30; Talks and moderated panel at 7:00

Location: Club Headquaters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Reservation Notes:

This event is FREE and open to the public. For reservations, please email us at or call us at 212.628.8383

Public Lecture Series with with Dr. Adolfo D. Roitman

More than 70 years ago, Bedouin shepherds discovered a series of jars containing scrolls in a cave in the West Bank. The unearthing of these ancient Jewish manuscripts, now known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, set forth a modern day adventure into the past. In the years since they have sparked enormous interest in researchers and the public alike. Thousands of articles, books and documentaries have been produced in the pursuit of explaining both the scrolls and the importance of their discovery. However, the impact of the Dead Sea Scrolls on the intellectual history of the West is still not widely understood by the general public.

Join Dr. Roitman as he leads you on the journey of the Dead Sea Scrolls, from their discovery and excavations in Khirbet Qumran to their contributions to civilization. Drawing on his experience as curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Israel Museum – home to the eight most complete and well preserved manuscripts in the world – Dr. Roitman will clarify some key issues surrounding their discovery, and present the current state of research on the scrolls themselves.

Dr. Adolfo D. Roitman has served as the head of the Shrine of the Book and the Lizbeth and George Krupp Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum for more than 25 years. He is the author of numerous articles and books about the scrolls and lectures widely about their history, interpretation, and significance. He holds an M. A. in Anthropological Studies from the University of Buenos Aires, as well as an M. A. in Comparative Religions and a Ph.D. in Ancient Jewish Literature and Religion from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds a Rabbinical ordination from the Latin-American Rabbinical Seminary, as well as honorary doctorates from both Rocky Mountain College in the USA and the Catholic University of San Juan in Argentine.

Date: Monday, February 10

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Program

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $15

Guest Ticket Price: $30

Student Ticket Price: $5 with a valid academic ID on arrival

Reservation Notes:

Click here to purchase tickets online

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. For questions, please email us at or call us at 212.628.8383 x.10.

Wolf Conservation Center – Explorers Club Field Trip

The Explorers Club took an official field trip to the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York on February 2.


The Endangered Wolf Center is our local wolf sanctuary in Eureka, Missouri.

ECAD SOLD OUT: Wait List Sign-Up

The 116th Explorers Club Annual Dinner is now officially SOLD OUT.

We are maintaining a wait-list for Club Members who were unable to purchase tickets in time. Please sign-up by clicking the link below, and we will contact you immediately if seats become available.


Explorers Club – Adventure Canada Young Explorers Program


The purpose of the Young Explorers Program is to encourage and facilitate the spirit of exploration through the pursuit of science, art, and conservation. The program aims to encourage personal growth for young people who will benefit from direct experience, academic study, cultural exchange and connecting with the Explorers Club and Adventure Canada communities. The Young Explorers Program Alumni will lead the next generation to thoughtful policy, action, and communication.

This program is open to those directly affiliated with or recommended by members of The Explorers Club.


In 2016, twelve young people from Europe, Canada, the United States took part in the first Young Explorers Program. In 2017, eleven young explorers joined Adventure Canada’s expeditions; while aboard, these “young explorers” undertook inaugural pilot projects that investigated and illuminated the various aspects integral to expedition travel. To date, thirty-one participants have taken part in the program.

The Young Explorers’ projects ranged from filmmaking, community emergency response, to climate change, experiential guest surveys, and art. The Young Explorers made ample use of the extraordinary Adventure Canada resource staff onboard, as well as passengers and community members. Post-program work has included public presentations, the compilation of a collected works, continuing studies and networking.

Involvement in the Young Explorers Program is a springboard to further opertunities, whether through educational pursuits or in their professional careers. Please see the website to see the projects previous members worked on. Building off the inaugural Young Explorers platform, the 2020 program will be available on the following expedition:

Heart of the Arctic, July 19 – 31, 2020

Visit three distinct Arctic regions on this voyage aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

Meet the artists in South Baffin Island’s Inuit famous art-making communities and explore Nunavik, the Arctic coast of Quebec. Cross the Davis Strait in the wake of the explorers. Explore the deep fjords and vibrant communities of Greenland.

Board a Zodiac to seek whales, birds, bears, and caribou. Journey with scientists, historians, Inuit artists, and culturalists to the heart of the Arctic!

If you are between the ages of 19 and 30, and interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, please complete and submitApplications are due by February 29, 2020. The first round of applicants will be chosen for an interview with the Adventure Canada selection committee. Final applicants will be notified by March 15, 2020, and will be announced during the 116th Explorers Club Annual Dinner Weekend in New York City.

The parameters of the project are flexible, and can include a one-time small-scale project or an exploratory stepping stone for a larger project. Both independent-interest projects and academic research proposals are accepted. Proposals must consider our intended itinerary and the awareness that we only stop in a specific location for a few hours before sailing to our next destination. Flexibility and understanding that we are on an expedition where weather and wildlife ultimately dictate our daily itinerary should be taken into consideration when developing your proposal.

Project Requirements

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030 address global challenges including climate action, environmental degradation, poverty, inequality, and peace, and justice. Adventure Canada supports the development goals and looks to incorporate them into each area of our business. If your project supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals please indicate this in your application. This is not a requirement of the project, however, it will be a bonus.

Note: On the SDG website click on the appropriate SDG. Once on an SDG details page, you’ll see a list of blue headings. The last blue heading has the title TARGETS & INDICATORS.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals supported through the Adventure Canada Young Explorers Program

Expedition Details

Heart of the Arctic
Date: July 19–31, 2020

Vessel: Ocean Endeavour
Cabin Type: Category 3 – shared accommodation

Start: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Finish: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Charter Flights: Included
Commercial Flights: Responsibility of the Young Explorer

Pre & Post Trip Hotels: Responsibility of the Young Explorer
Evacuation Insurance: Responsibility of the Young Explorer
Onboard Expenses: Responsibility of the Young Explorer

Heart of the Arctic

Proposed Itinerary

Day 1: Iqaluit
Day 2: Frobisher Bay
Day 3: Kimmirut (Lake Harbour)
Day 4: Kinngait (Cape Dorset)
Day 5: Hudson Strait
Day 6–7: Ungava Peninsula, QC
Day 8–9: Ungava Bay
Day 10: At Sea – Davis Strait
Day 11: Nuuk, GL
Day 12: Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord
Day 13: Kangerlussuaq, GL
If selected for the expedition:

General Expectations

  • You will be an ambassador for both Adventure Canada and The Explorers Club, and will conduct yourself accordingly.
  • You will receive detailed information about the trip from Adventure Canada, and should have a working knowledge of the itinerary
  • You must be available for a pre-voyage, onboard, and post-voyage interview, as well as any press appearances as necessary
  • You must be available to attend (in person or via Skype) a pre- and post-voyage Adventure Canada Young Explorers Program gathering

Pre-Trip Deliverables

  • You must provide a biography and photo prior to the voyage by an agreed-upon date
  • If you plan to conduct field research, you may require a license, permit, or other authorization(s) from the country which must be applied for immediately upon acceptance.
  • You will be required to sign a release and hold harmless naming The Explorers Club and Adventure Canada
  • You must read and sign the Code of Conduct before coming on board

Onboard Deliverables

  • You must deliver your proposed work to guests and staff in a short presentation. This will be a joint presentation with all Young Explorers. Additional presentations may be possible depending on the subject matter
  • You must provide a PowerPoint with three slides of your findings and a review of your experience
  • You must be available for interview by Adventure Canada staff, Explorer’s Club staff, and the media
  • You may be required to submit supporting documents such as:
    * Published scale/survey
    * Researcher-generated survey
    * Focus group probing questions
    * Interview questions
    * Consent form and letter of information
    * Timeline of activity for each day of the trip
    * Correspondence with community and local stakeholders
    * Finalize the scope and timeline of delivery of your project

Post-Trip Deliverables

  • You must turn in your final project in the form (film, publication, book, powerpoint study etc) and timeline mutually agreed upon and signed off on by you, your staff mentor, and the ACYE liaison
  • You must provide a written summary of your project no later than one month after your voyage. Findings will be published by both Adventure Canada and The
  • Explorer’s Club on the website
  • You must communicate your schedule of speaking engagements and published works to Adventure Canada and The Explorers Club in advance
  • You must credit Adventure Canada and The Explorers Club on any published material (including online, print, or otherwise) resulting from this experience

Note: all of these deliverables and expectations must be met to be considered an alumni of the program and enjoy all accompanying privileges.


Matthew E. Rodina Jr. Obituary – Visitation & Funeral Information

Our Chapter and our entire Club send their condolences to the family of Matt Rodina. He will be missed.

On to the next adventure Matt,

Marguerite Garrick
St. Louis Chapter Chair

Mission Jurassic: Searching for dinosaur bones

Dr. Phil Manning, who was our guest speaker two years ago, has been featured by BBC News.

Check out the online article HERE!

Women in the Wild

Wild Kingdom Host and Wildlife Conservationist and Educator, Stephanie Arne gave an inspiring talk recently in a joint program Co-hosted by The Explorers Club St. Louis Chapter, The St. Louis Zoo, and  The Academy of Science.

Stephanie Arne and St Louis Chapter Chair Marguerite Perkins Garrick

Contact Us

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