Field Trip Friday: The Explorers Club

Last weekend the OHNY board and staff got together for a meeting, which was held at the Explorers Club, the site of our 2007 Annual Benefit. The Explorers Club, located on the Upper East Side, is the headquarters of the “international multidisciplinary society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.”

Explorers Club display

Founded 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 among those to be first to reach the North Pole, the South Pole, the summit of Mount Everest, the deepest point in the ocean, and the surface of the moon, to name a few.

Fireplace of the Clark Room

The Club has served as a meeting place for explorers and scientists from all over the world and provides expedition resources including funding, online information, consultation and a vast network of expertise, technology and support. They also encourage public interest in exploration through lectures, publications, and events, inviting accomplished explorers and scientists to share their experience and findings.

Explorers Club flags

Their flag represents their history of accomplishments and has been carried on hundreds of expeditions by Club members since 1918. Today there are 202 numbered flags, each with its own story, and several of them line the walls.

Polar bear

The Explorers Club has roughly 30 chapters in the United States and around the world. The seven founding members included two polar explorers, the curator of birds and mammals at The American Museum of Natural History, an archaeologist, a war correspondent and author, a professor of physics and an ethnologist. Today the members are made up of field scientists and explorers from over 60 countries in a wide range of disciplines including aeronautics, archaeology, mountaineering, oceanography, physics and zoology.

Library Room

Lorie Karnath has been the Club’s president since 2009. Having traveled the world setting up programs that help foster creativity, discovery and science, Karnath has led several expeditions, most recently following the migration patterns of white storks, and she is also a children’s book author and patron of the arts.

The Trophy Room

The Club also acts as a center for research, with a library and map room housing its Research Collections.

Honored members photos

The Research Collections contain unique art, archives, film, photos, maps, manuscripts and memorabilia related to the Club’s members and includes papers of the Arctic Club of America, as well as many other original materials. Access to collections is available by appointment.

The Explorers Club
46 East 70th Street
New York, NY


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