We ensure the availability of critical field data that accelerates
conservation and climate solutions
We achieve our mission by mobilizing and training outdoor enthusiasts and local communities to collect high-quality scientific data that are difficult to access, require too large a scale, or are too costly to obtain with traditional methods.
Our Impact Areas
Adventure Scientists focuses on four areas aligned with our mission and strengths. Each interacts with the others, building momentum for effective coalition-building and action. With our focus on forests, biodiversity, climate and freshwater, we accelerate our partners’ ambitious conservation efforts and help shape a world where people live in balance with nature.
Our Proven Model
Founded in 2011, Adventure Scientists has equipped hundreds of partners working at the cutting edge of climate and environmental fields with project planning, training, and field data to advance their goals. By mobilizing and training outdoor enthusiasts and local communities to collect high-quality scientific data that are difficult to access, require too large a scale, or are too costly to obtain with traditional methods, we are a cost-effective and powerful accelerator to conservation around the world.
What our partners have 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:
Adventure Scientists in Action
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.
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.
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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.