Josh Gates is Taking Us Inside The Explorers Club
The Explorers Club and Discovery are partering on a new series TALES FROM THE EXPLORERS CLUB and celebrating diversity with The Explorers Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World that the World Needs to Know About.
Plus, The Explorers Club Discovery Expedition Grants (ECDEG) is kicking off its second year of advancing and showcasing new expeditions, cutting-edge research, and scientific achievements to audiences worldwide.
The Explorers Club and Discovery are bringing the most epic adventures of the legendary club to life in a whole new way. With Expedition Unknown’s Josh Gates as the perfect guide, TALES FROM THE EXPLORERS CLUB will take viewers inside Explorers Club New York headquarters to tell the stories from explorers who pushed the bounds of human possibility, venturing to Earth’s highest peaks, deepest ocean trenches, the North and South poles, and even into outer space.
With exclusive access to the Club’s archives, the series will profile the accomplishments of real-life action heroes including Ernest Shackleton, Gertrude Bell, Sir Edmund Hillary, Jim Lovell, and Jeff Bezos among others. “To me, The Explorers Club is a temple. I’ve often wandered through its history-filled rooms and thought, ‘if these walls could talk.’
In TALES FROM THE EXPLORERS CLUB, I’m thrilled to peel back the past and highlight the true adventure and inspirational accomplishments of our daring members,” says Josh Gates, series host and executive producer.
Looking back at 2021, The Explorers Club with support from Discovery, launched another important new program -- The Explorers Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World that the World Needs to Know About. This program was established to reflect the great diversity of individuals on the cutting edge of exploration and to help amplify the voices of these trailblazers. Among the many fields covered in the EC50, the honorees have led groundbreaking conservation efforts in Iraq, promoted environmental stewardship to facilitate inter-tribal relations in Africa, produced leading research on orbital debris and space junk, decoded the secrets of Egyptian animal mummies, organized efforts to conserve large parts of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, and studied the pre-Hispanic Maya and contemporary perceptions of self-identity on Maya communities.
The Explorers Club, a non-profit world leader in exploration, and Discovery Channel have partnered to create an Explorers Club Discovery Expedition Grant program to further advance significant exploration and scientific discovery. Meet the Grantees, the next frontier of explorers that have been awarded a grant to fund their expeditions.
And in its first year, The Explorers Club Discovery Expedition Grants (ECDEG) awarded 21 grants at nearly US $1 million to recipients from around the globe. Countries represented include: The United States, Indonesia, Madagascar, Ecuador, Italy, Bosnia, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania, and the projects combined include some 100 team members representing 17 additional nations.
The program is now into its second year and more exciting projects will be announced in the coming months.