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Will Steger          

Arctic explorer and tv personality

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 holds a Bachelor of Science in geology, Master of Arts in education and Honorary Doctorate from University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., in addition to Honorary Doctorates from Westminster College, Northland College and Franklin Pierce University.

As an educator, Steger taught science for three years at the secondary level. He founded a winter school and developed an innovative wilderness program in Ely, Minn. Steger also established the Global Center for Environmental Education at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn., and the World School for Adventure Learning at University of St. Thomas.

With his ability to blend extreme exploration and cutting-edge technology, Steger pioneered online education during his 1995 expedition — reaching more than 20 million students via online daily journals and delivering the first-ever transmission of digital photography from the North Pole.

Steger has been invited to testify before the United States Congress and has advised world leaders on the environmental protection of Antarctica.

In 2006, the legendary explorer established the Will Steger Foundation to promote change through education and advocacy, and to foster international leadership and cooperation through environmental education and policy.

The Foundation's Global Warming 101 initiative engages and empowers individuals and policy makers to translate their climate concern into action.


  • Climate change

  • Polar explorations

  • Dog sledge

  • Leadership


Speech Topics

First Person Climate Change: Report From Baffin Island

In 2007, renowned climber Ed Viesturs and entrepreneur Richard Branson joined Steger, a team of Inuit hunters, and educators on a 1,200-mile, four-month-long dogsled expedition across the Canadian Arctic’s Baffin Island. Steger shares highlights of this expedition and an overview of what he and his team learned along the way.

Dogsled Dharma: The Secrets of Any Successful Expedition

Steger shares his success strategies as the leader of more than a dozen polar expeditions.


James Balog, Will Steger on 'Chasing Ice' and climate change ...

National Geographic photographer James Balog and Minnesota's renowned polar explorer Will Steger look to ice to document the impact of climate change on ...


INSIDE WILL STEGER'S WOOD-BURNING SAUNA, at the edge of Pickett Lake in Ely, Minn., in January, it's 150 degrees. Outside it's 10 below. Steger splits the difference, lying silently on a bench next to the pulsing stove, then sprinting out onto the frozen lake and diving through a rough-cut hole in the ice.....

Arctic explorer Will Steger speaks out at Audubon Center

Arctic and Antarctic explorer Will Steger said that the danger point when the glaciers start to melt rapidly is when the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passes 350 parts per million (ppm). “We are already past that point. In spring 2013 the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere was 400 ppm for the first time in the history of the human civilization,” said Steger.

Polar explorer and musher Will Steger to visit Fairbanks

Famed polar explorer Will Steger is interested in hearing what Alaskans have to say about climate change when he visits the state’s three biggest cities this week to speak on the topic......

Will Steger, J. Drake Hamilton to speak at WSU today about climate change and clean-energy investment

Will Steger remembers exactly when he came face to face with climate change.

The Minnesotan and polar explorer saw the Larsen A and Larsen B iceshelves disintegrate in 1995 and 2002 — just 10 years after his international expedition crossed the 300-mile expanse of ice.

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