Protecting the World's Freshwater
Learn how our Explorers are preserving the world’s freshwater resources, and explore the World Water Map.
Using the power of science, exploration, education,
and storytelling to illuminate and protect
Investing in a diverse, global community of changemakers
in five key areas
Revealing and protecting underwater worlds
Our Explorers discover, understand, and conserve marine and coastal systems and inspire and empower local and global audiences to better understand and protect the ocean.
Preserving and protecting land environments
Our Explorers explore, understand, and conserve terrestrial and freshwater systems and inspire and empower local and global audiences to better understand and protect our lands, lakes, and rivers.
Protecting and conserving wildlife
Our Explorers inspire and empower local and global audiences to better understand and protect wildlife, including animals, plants and fungi.
Understanding our past and protecting our future
Our Explorers work to preserve cultural knowledge, better understand human histories, cultures, practices, diversity, and evolution—past and present, center communities, and inform and inspire global audiences with stories or lessons about humanity.
Our Explorers are taking novel and inventive approaches to address critical challenges and produce insights that illuminate and protect the wonder of our world.
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Supporting future changemakers
Cultivating an environment of opportunity, mutual respect,
Learning from our past, examining our present, and building a more inclusive future.
We believe we can only achieve our mission to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world when people of every race, identity, experience, and ability have a role in our work. Although we have much more work to do, the Society has made strides to achieve and maintain equity.
Latest perspectives, news, and stories
Photo Credits from top of page: Mauro Sergio, Andy Mann, Jim Richardson, Cory Richards, Anand Varma, Michael Nichols, Beverly Joubert, Roger Horrocks, Sam Kittner, Joshua Irwandi, Emily Shur, Joe McKendry (illustration), Manu Felix, Octavio Aburto, Armando Vega. Below: Michael Nichols, Andy Mann, Paul Nicklen, Ami Vitale, Christian Tryon, Kenneth Garrett, Mark Thiessen.