We equip conservation leaders with the data they need to address critical challenges to the environment.

Our Impact Areas

Our Proven Model

Adventure Scientists plays a unique role in conservation by partnering with researchers and galvanizing the outdoor community to gather data that is difficult to access, requires too large a scale, or is too costly to obtain with traditional methods.

Our Focus

The scope and scale of the climate crisis and environmental challenges facing the Earth today demand effective, collaborative actions. Adventure Scientists focuses on four impact areas aligned with our mission and strengths. Each impact area interacts with the others, building momentum for effective coalition-building and action. By focusing on forests, biodiversity, climate change, and freshwater, we accelerate our partners’ ambitious conservation efforts and help shape a world that sustains us all.

What the scientific community has to say:

“We now have a bigger team to explore and discover everything better, working with Adventure Scientists.”

Yadi Wang, University of Arizona

“Adventures Scientists connects us as a coral colony to collaborate and further build our coral reef conservation network.”

Dr. Alma Paola Rodríguez Troncoso, University of Guadalajara

“These wilderness adventurers supplied us with good, well-documented data … that allowed us to redraw the distribution map and added new evidence to an important hypothesis about how ice worms disperse.”

Roman Dial, Alaska Pacific University

“By partnering with Adventure Scientists and engaging the outdoor community I have access to previously unobtainable data, which has propelled my research in plastic pollution to the forefront of the field.”

Abby Barrows, College of the Atlantic

“Adventure Scientists’ ability to seamlessly manage diverse volunteers and collect quality data in a challenging environment allowed me to focus on management implications. I highly recommend working with them.”

Kyran Kunkel, American Prairie Reserve

“Half of my study I owe to the samples I got from [Adventure Scientists], and all the samples are vouchers now in the herbarium, so other people can use them. It’s quite a huge resource now.”

loana Onut Brännström, Uppsala University

“[Adventure Scientists] was crucial in conducting the Olympic National Forest’s winter marten surveys, and this season’s work would not have been such a success without their efforts.”

Betsy Howell, U. S. Forest Service

“We have a tool now to reach many extreme environments in a relatively short amount of time.”

Dragos Zaharescu, University of Arizona, Biosphere 2

“The crew had great attitudes and worked well with our staff. I look forward to working with such enthusiastic and willing learners in the coming field season.”

Matthew McCollister, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

“Adventure Scientists’ efforts provided us access to remote sampling sites that we would never have reached otherwise. The volunteers were careful to follow our protocols, making the data highly trustworthy.”

Michael Gilmore, Harvard Medical School

“[Adventure Scientists’] ability to reach a wide audience by connecting with elite athletes provides an exceptional service to scientists.”

Natalie Kehrwald, U. S. Geological Survey

“[Adventure Scientists] provided benefits to APR not only through their collection of data but also through their photos, videos, stories, and interactions with the local communities.”

Betty Holder, American Prairie Reserve

“Working with Adventure Scientists has saved numerous person-hours, which eventually translates to quite a bit of cost savings in addition to time savings.”

Liza Holeski, Northern Arizona University

“The Adventure Scientists crew was a great help with our intensive field research evaluating the efficacy of an experimental vaccine to protect prairie dogs from plague.”

Randy Matchett, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

As featured in:

Read about our impact on preventing illegal logging in the August 2022 issue of Harper’s Magazine

Check out our latest film which begins with a brief overview of the organization and highlights the work of three of our incredible partner scientists. What’s Your Data Dream?

Adventure Scientists in Action

The Science

Learn more about what we do in this short documentary about our work with scientist Abby Barrows, produced by PeoplesTV for a long-time supporter, the Simons Foundation.

The Adventure

Ricky Jones turned his hobby into his job, his van into his home, and his life onto a path of contributing valuable data to science and conservation. Find out what he’s learned along the way.

Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Is Essential

Adventure Scientists’ commitment to address environmental and human health challenges is intended to benefit all. In order to do this, we must address inequalities that affect groups targeted with discrimination. Click here to learn more about EIJ at Adventure Scientists