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The Future of Exploration

Discovering the Uncharted Frontiers of Science, Technology, and Human Potential






(Optimal for International Destinations)

Exploration is about discovering new places, understandings and species and so much more. Sometimes it means going to old places and seeing them with new eyes and revealing hidden truths. Sometimes it involves looking back, understanding the past, and reaching from the darkness into the light. One thing is certain: despite the impressive extent of our accumulated knowledge, we have barely scratched the surface of our understanding of our world.

Who are the people pushing the boundaries of knowledge? Who are the explorers? Some wear crampons and climb mountains; some dive to the deepest ocean depths or soar as astronauts in space. Others make their monumental discoveries while working at computers and microscopes or while studying the human brain and chimpanzee behavior. Others are focused on the survival of the planet. How will we find and nurture the next generation of explorers, and who will undertake that important task? The head-spinning pace at which new technologies are being developed and applied, from Lidar to AI to gene editing, is already changing how we explore. How will technology allow us to better understand and protect our planet?

In The Future of Exploration, Terry Garcia and Chris Rainier gather some of the world’s leading explorers, scientists, conservationists, futurists, and thinkers to discuss the next frontiers of exploration. To the backdrop of remarkable photographs that take us to the bottom of the ocean, to the highest mountains on earth, far out into space, and everywhere in between, these passionate voices reveal the wonder of human exploration and ingenuity and share their vision and hope for the future.

All proceeds from the sale of the book will be distributed as grants for future explorers. Join us in supporting the future of exploration.

About the Book

Dr. Robert Ballard, Ocean Explorer
Dr. Katy Croff Bell, Deep-Sea Explorer
Professor Lee R. Berger, Paleoanthropologist
Sir Richard Branson, Entrepreneur and Space Explorer
Hans Peter Brøndmo, Entrepreneur and Google X Roboticist
Dan Buettner, Explorer and Blue Zone Specialist
Jimmy Chin, Mountain Athlete and Photographer
Yvon Chouinard, Activist and Iconoclastic Businessman
Dr. Wade Davis, Writer and Anthropologist
David de Rothschild, Explorer and Storyteller
Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, Ocean Conservationist
Dr. Christopher T. Fisher, Archaeologist
Dr. Keolu Fox, Genome Scientist
Terry Garcia, Explorer, Storyteller, and Policy Advisor
Dr. Jane Goodall, Ethologist and Activist
Dr. Zahi Hawass, Archaeologist and Egyptologist
Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, Astrophysicist and Astronaut
Dereck Joubert, Filmmaker and Conservationist
Dr. Paula Kahumbu, Wildlife Conservationist

Dr. Krithi K. Karanth, Environmental Scientist

Dr. Louise Leakey, Paleoanthropologist

Sven-Olof Lindblad, Entrepreneur and Explorer
Dr. Simon Longstaff, Exploration Ethicist
Wasfia Nazreen, Adventurer and Climber
Nemonte Nenquimo, Waorani Leader and Activist
Jan Nijman, Geographer
Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya, Educator and Social Activist
Dr. Sarah Parcak, Archaeologist and Egyptologist
Dr. Carolyn Porco, Planetary Scientist and Explorer
Travis Price, Architect and Philosopher
Chris Rainier, Explorer and Photographer
Dr. Sammy Ramsey, Entomologist
Dr. Enric Sala, Ocean Conservationist
Paul Salopek, Writer and Explorer
Dr. Paul Sereno, Palaeontologist
Nainoa Thompson, Explorer and Master Navigator
Kris Tompkins, Conservationist
Erik Weihenmayer, Athlete and Climber

The Explorers


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Terry Garcia

Terry Garcia was the Executive Vice President and Chief Science and Exploration Officer for the National Geographic Society for seventeen years and was responsible 
for the Society’s core mission programs, including those that supported and managed more than 300 scientific field research, conservation, and exploration projects annually.

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Chris Rainier

Chris Rainier is a documentary photographer and filmmaker and a National Geographic Explorer. In the early 1980s, Chris was Ansel Adams’ last photographic assistant and helped Adams with the use of his photography to help conserve many of the American National Parks.

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The Authors

Upcoming Events

Sat, Feb 10 2024

The Explorers Club Washington Group /

Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Tues, Feb 27 2024

Ridgefield Library / 

472 Main St, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Friday, March 22 2024

Tattered Cover Bookstore / 

2526 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206

Sat March 23 2024

The Blue Water Film Festival / 

San Diego, California

Sun, March 24 2024

The Bowers Museum / 

2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706, USA

Coming Soon

Tues, March 26 2024

Chevalier’s Books

133 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004, USA

Mon, May 06 2024

Smithsonian Lecture Program / 

Washington, DC

May 23 - 26 2024

Mountainfilm Festival (Telluride) / 

Telluride, Colorado

Previous Events

Wed, Nov 01 2023

The Explorers Club /

46 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021, USA

Tues, Nov 14 2023

Politics & Prose / 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA

Wed, Nov 15 2023

Warren County Public Library / 

SKyPAC, 601 College St, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

Sat, Jan 13 2024

The Explorers Club (California) /

The Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706, USA

Both Terry Garcia and Chris Rainier are available to present their lecture, The Future of Exploration: Inspirational Stories and Lessons for the Future. Contact us for more information.


Proud to write the foreword for The Future of Exploration. The world’s top scientists and explorers share what motivates them, what is left to explore, why the 21st century will be the greatest age of exploration in human history, and why it matters.

Riveting adventure tales by Jane Goodall, Sylvia Earle, Bob Ballard, Louise Leakey, Zahi Hawass, Yvon Chouinard, and more await you in "The Future of Exploration." So very proud to be a part of it!

AMAZING. 38 stories. All so different. All fascinating. I loved it.



For any media inquiries, interviews, lectures, book openings, and special events, please contact Terry Garcia and Chris Rainier:

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