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:

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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

Jim Fowler Memorial Service

The Explorers Club will hold a special memorial service to honor and celebrate the life of Jim Fowler MED’66 at Club Headquarters on Friday, May 31st. The Club has a long-standing tradition of honoring those members who have gone on to higher exploration. Before a roaring fire, in the historic Clark Room, Members and guests will toast Jim with a glass of whiskey (or another libation) and toss their glass into the open fire.

Jim Fowler, one of the world’s best-known naturalists, presented information about wildlife and wilderness to the American public on television for more than 50 years. He first served with Marlin Perkins as co-host and later became host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, and also hosted Mutual of Omaha’s Spirit of Adventure. Those programs received many awards including four Emmys and an endorsement by the National PTA for family viewing. In addition to ongoing appearances on many network talk shows, Fowler was the wildlife correspondent for NBC’s Today Show and a regular on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Fowler graduated with degrees in zoology and geology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and is internationally recognized as an authority on predatory birds. He pursued a graduate degree by conducting the first studies of the world’s largest eagle, the harpy, in the wilds of the Amazon, and later tracked the movements of the Andean condor in Peru. His studies were interrupted by a career of travel and television.

He worked with many wildlife and conservation projects throughout the world. In 1994 he received the prestigious Explorers Club Medal, the Club’s highest honor, and later served variously as the Club’s Honorary Chair, Honorary President, as well as an Honorary Director. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa from Earlham College and the 2003 Lindbergh Award, which recognizes individuals for significant contributions toward the balance of technology and nature. In 2012, he received the National Conservation Achievement Award in Education from the National Wildlife Federation.

Jim is survived by his wife Betsey, his children Mark & Carrie, and two grandchildren.

Date: Friday, May 31

Time: 6:00 pm Check-in, 7:00 pm Service, Reception to Follow

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

This memorial is free of charge, and open to Members and their guests. To secure a place at the memorial, please call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at

Marguerite Perkins Garrick Remembers Jim Fowler

I was so sorry to learn dear Jim was gone, but glad he went peacefully, surrounded by his beloved family.

I remember vividly the first time I met him. I was nine years old and we were on the sidewalk outside our apartment building in Chicago. Wild Kingdom was taking shape and Jim had been hired as my dad’s cohost. He was so tall and good looking with that marvelous deep, rich voice that I’ll always remember it.

I’ve so many happy memories of him, like Jim diving into our backyard pool for a swim before dinner on our porch in Clayton. He must have been in town doing voice over work after they moved the set to a studio in St. Louis; he came to dinner a lot during those years; my parents were also so fond of him.

And I remember he took us all one day outside St. Louis to an open field where he flew his birds. I was so impressed by the trust he’d built with these beautiful raptors; It was magical to 12 year old me.

Then as the years passed I’d see him at special events like those Mutual of Omaha gatherings where he and my dad posed for a thousand photos with salesmen. And of course I’d see him and often his family at ECADs, but he was so popular and in demand, there was never time for more than a quick hug.

When I lived in D. C. I was working for Friends of The National Zoo when the 20th Anniversary of Earth Day was approaching.

I asked Jim to come down to do live feeds to the Today Show in front of the Pandas, and he said he’d love to. I cherish that memory of Jim being the perfect, charming spokesman for endangered species with Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing munching bamboo in the background.

One of the last times my mother Carol went out was to go to the Zoo ( St. Louis Zoo, of course ) to receive a lifetime achievement award. Jim was there to present it to her and then he spoke. He made her so happy that night by refreshing her fading memory with so many good ones, and making her laugh, and laugh.  I’ll never stop being grateful.

I’m trying to recall the last time I saw him to really talk to and I think it was at a dinner Benjamin Hulsey gave during an ECAD weekend several years ago at The Racquet Club in NYC. I was seated with him and we had a great time reminiscing and talking about conservation issues. He talked a lot about his many projects, and efforts to reach the hearts and minds of people to convince them wildlife and habitat preservation were vital. How lucky I was to have that time with him.

He was such a strong voice for wild animal’s survival his whole life, impacting millions of people.

My deepest sympathy to Betsy, Carrie, and Mark. It’s the end of an era, and we’ve all lost one of our most respected and beloved advocates for wildlife conservation, and a really stellar human being.

With love,


Marguerite Perkins Garrick

Seeing Red in the Fossil Record

Read about the latest discovery of Dr. Phil Manning who spoke to our Chapter in 2017 in this New York Times article:

Seeing Red in the Fossil Record

A discovery in a fossilized mouse could help scientists work out the true colors of dinosaurs and other creatures from prehistory.

A false color synchrotron X-ray image of a fossilized mouse. The yellow regions are rich in zinc and sulfur, suggesting the mouse’s fur had red pigments.CreditCreditNature Communications


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The Explorers Club Saint Louis
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886 Queen Anne Place
St. Louis, Missouri 63122