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Our Founder: Will Steger

Written by  Will Steger Foundation

Will StegerWill Steger is a recognized authority on the Polar Regions, including its environmental issues, and an eyewitness to the effects of global warming. He has spent more than 50 years traveling through the Arctic regions, advocating for the Earth’s preservation and advising on permanent solutions to climate change. 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. As an educator, Steger taught science for three years at the secondary level and then went on to combine his passion for education with his expeditions and future projects. He has traveled tens of thousands of miles by kayak and dogsled, leading teams on some of the most significant polar expeditions in history, earning him the Lifetime Achievement award from National Geographic Adventure Magazine in 2007. Will 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 all three categories and this award has not been given since. Will has continued his commitment to the environment and education through the Will Steger Foundation by inspiring and empowering people to engage in solutions to climate change.

  • Will Steger's Expert Biography - Read the full bio here (PDF 5.1 MB)
    Will Steger is a recognized authority for the Polar Regions, including their environmental issues, and is an eyewitness to the effects of global warming. 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 global warming to indigenous cultures, wildlife habitat and Arctic topography.

  • Will Steger's Letter of Concern - Read the full letter here (PDF 52 KB)
    "Global warming is a reality. It threatens both our society and life as we know it on earth. The overwhelming consensus of the scientific community for the past decade has been that the planetary warming we are now experiencing, and the resulting climate change, is largely a human induced phenomenon. This was reconfirmed with overwhelming consensus in 2007 with the release of the fourth report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Global warming is brought on mainly by the release of carbon dioxide through the burning of fossil fuels, which blankets our atmosphere raising the earthʼs surface temperature."

  • Steger Wilderness Center for Innovation and Leadership, 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 for Innovation and Leadership 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 -
    Will Steger's Expedition Journals that showcase his years of exploration.