Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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Our Founder: Will Steger

Written by  Will Steger Foundation

Will StegerWill Steger, a polar explorer, educator and eyewitness to the effects of climate change, has accomplished the most significant polar expeditions in history. Steger led the first confirmed dogsled journey to the North Pole without re-supply in 1986, the 1,600-mile south-north traverse of Greenland (the longest unsupported dogsled expedition in history) in 1988, and led the first dogsled traverse of Antarctica (the historic seven month, 3,741-mile International Trans-Antarctica Expedition) in 1989–90. Steger joined Amelia Earhart, Robert Peary and Roald Amundsen in receiving the National Geographic Society's prestigious John Oliver La Gorce Medal for “Accomplishments in Geographic Exploration, in the Sciences, and Public Service to Advance International Understanding” in 1995. This was the first time the Society presented these three categories together and this award has not been given since. Steger holds a Bachelor of Science in geology and Master of Arts in education from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, in addition to five Honorary Doctorates. Steger has continued his commitment to the environment and education through the Will Steger Foundation, a Minneapolis based nonprofit he established in 2006, by educating and empowering people to engage in solutions to climate change. Will Steger provides a credible and moral voice for climate action based on his unique eyewitness account of a warming world through 50 years of arctic exploration and the impacts of climate change on not only the arctic, but on our environment and economy. 

  • Will Steger's Expert Biography - Read the full bio here (PDF 5.1 MB)
    Will Steger's Short Biography - Read the short bio here (PDF 92 KB)
  • Will Steger is a recognized authority for the Polar Regions, including their environmental issues, and is an eyewitness to the effects of climate change. He has spent more than 45 years traveling through the Arctic regions, advocating for the Earth’s preservation and advising about permanent solutions to our climate crisis. Steger is a witness to the diverse and harmful effects of climate change to indigenous cultures, wildlife habitat and Arctic topography
  • Steger Wilderness Center, Ely MN - Read more about the Center here
    Located in the Northwoods of Ely, Minnesota close to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the Steger Wilderness Center has been the base camp for several historic expeditions and is now an integral part of the Will Steger Foundation’s programming.
  • Will Steger Expedition Journals - www.willsteger.com
    Will Steger's Expedition Journals that showcase his years of exploration.