Founded in 1904, The Explorers Club is dedicated to field research, scientific research and resource conservation. Its approximately 3,500 members worldwide explore land, sea, air and space. Over the years, they have been responsible for many famous firsts: to the North Pole, the South Pole, the summit of Mt. Everest, the bottom of the Mariana Trench and the surface of the moon.
The Philadelphia Chapter
The Explorers Club headquarters is in New York City. The Philadelphia Chapter is one of the Club’s more than 30 national and international chapters in more than 60 countries, which serve as contact points for explorers, scientists and students throughout the world. Members’ areas of interest include:
Check out In the Field to see what Philadelphia Chapter members are doing.
Connect with us
The Explorers Club actively encourages public interest in exploration and the sciences through lectures, publications, research archives, travel programs and other events. Many of the Philadelphia Chapter’s activities are open to the public. Scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up for the Chapter’s Field Notes & Events.
To qualify for membership, applicants must carry out or assist in scientific expeditions focused
on exploring unknown or little-known locations or natural phenomena in order to expand human knowledge. Applicants may be explorers by profession or by avocation. We are looking for people who have gotten their hands dirty or their feet wet working in the field in one or more documented scientific expeditions.
In addition, individuals may join as a Friend of the Explorers Club—a category for those who do not qualify for full membership but who would like to associate with the Club and support its goals.
Philadelphia Chapter - Board of Trustees
A.J. (Buddy) Obara Jr. (FN’08) - Chairman
Doug Soroka (FN’06) - Vice Chairman and Secretary
Timothy T. Stevens, Esq. (MN’89) - Treasurer and Legal Counsel
Cathy Cush (FN’98) - Public Relations/Social Media Chair
Matt Peoples (MN'20) - Membership and Programs Chair
Captain Joel S. Fogel, (ME ’73) - Board Member Emeritus
A.J. (Buddy) Obara Jr. FN’08
E.C. Rolex Artist In Residence
Media Inquiries & Requests
Cathie Cush FN’98
Public Relations and Social Media