It’s What We Do
Join Terra Conservation Ambassadors on unique, multidisciplinary EXPLORE Expeditions.
Our expeditions operate in remote, ecologically diverse areas in all regions of the planet, alongside non-profit and government partners that are working tirelessly to protect wildlife, wild land and fragile ecosystems.
By combining training in expeditionary science, photography, ecological science and wildlife biodiversity, Terra’s world-renowned Ambassadors provide expedition participants with the skills and opportunities to effectively contribute to critical ecosystem and wildlife conservation initiatives.
Explore the majestic Maasai Mara with Terra Conservation Initiative Ambassadors. Our NGO partner, Mara Elephant Project (MEP), works tirelessly to protect elephants, and in the process conserve the greater Mara ecosystem.
South Africa Expedition
Join Terra Conservation Initiative Ambassadors in Zululand, South Africa, and help provide hands-on and impactful conservation work while learning from ecologists, vets, rangers and the local community.
Papua New Guinea Expeditions
Our field expert-led expeditions to Papua New Guinea (PNG) converge on the numerous islands off the northern coast of the main island of New Guinea.
TERRA EXPLORE Expeditions are more than a pursued bucket list of adventures. We conceive, plan, and lead immersive and purposeful experiences to forge meaningful and deep connections with local people, their unique culture, and their native habitats.
Our expeditions take us to study spectacular and remote regions, far off the beaten path, where we apply our unique multidisciplinary methodology. During the golden age of exploration, the British Admiralty used a multidisciplinary method of study to understand a new region in its full context. We call this The FitzWinian Method.
TERRA EXPLORE Expeditions opens a portal to the world, with team key leaders in geology, biology, anthropology, and history. We also bring along world-renowned photographers to document our immersive expeditions and teach photography along the way.
To experience a location intimately, we must get away from the crowds, so our maximum group size is 16 participants. A smaller group facilitates more meaningful engagement with local communities, better focus on field studies, and more efficient mobility within remote areas, all leading to an enriched expedition experience.
We are committed to conservation and sustaining the unique character of each location we engage while focusing our expeditions on understanding environment, culture, heritage, and the well-being of native populations. Your participation supports ongoing projects working to protect indigenous cultures and conserve native habitats and wildlife.
Join a TERRA EXPLORE Expedition and find yourself climbing the slopes of an active volcano, trekking deep into a raw tropical rainforest, or swimming past a kaleidoscopic wall of coral reef. Come join the best leaders and guides to explore our planet.
A TERRA EXPLORE Expedition involves multiple facets of study in one adventure. Our team leadership and guides have extensive exploration backgrounds making them accustomed to remote environments and engaging local people. They understand the safety measures and preparation necessary to create an enjoyable and enriching journey in places well off the beaten path.
Each expedition itinerary includes one or more scientific study elements. Guests become citizen scientists working closely with researchers seeking to answer larger questions about Earth and its inhabitants. Get involved in exploration that’s making real impact from the remote Amazon Research Center to Greenland’s Glaciers.
A safe and enjoyable journey begins with thorough preparedness. Our leaders have extensive experience in the most remote regions of the planet, and they share their expertise with you. From gear to immunizations, field methods to photography, you will be fully prepared for an expedition of a lifetime.
Join us as we venture out to understand the world around us and to give back to communities on the front lines of environmental and wildlife conservation. Each expedition is designed to provide you with new perspectives on what’s possible, a stronger voice to tell your story, and empowerment to effect positive changes in our world.
The Fitzwinian Method
Our multidisciplinary approach to expeditions is inspired by exploratory teams that thrived in the golden age of exploration, harkening back to an era when explorers set sail into the unknown, intent on thorough and precise documentation, immersive research, and all-important discovery. Our term ‘FitzWinian’ honors English Navy Officer and scientist Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy along with naturalist Charles Darwin. Among his many achievements, FitzRoy pioneered the science of weather prediction and coined the term “forecast”. Together with Darwin, a multidisciplinary scientist, they discovered and documented new lands and species through their extensive voyage on the HMS Beagle.
During the golden age of exploration, the art of documenting new terrain involved surveyors and their tools such as chronometers, sextants, telescopes, and theodolites, along with the skills to employ them in the field occasionally under austere conditions. An excerpt from Captain FitzRoy’s journal describes common protocol for terrain survey.
‘The first objective was to find safe harbour in which to secure the ship. Then were made observations of latitude, time, and true bearing; on the tides and magnetism. As well a plan of the harbour and its environs; and triangulations, including all the visible heights, and more remarkable features of the coast, so far as it could be clearly distinguished from the summits of the highest hills near the harbour. Upon these summits a good theodolite was used… (Captain FitzRoy)
It was essential for the seafarer to be able to recognize geographical locations. So in addition to the scientific data, surveyors and other officers with artistic ability would create sketches, drawings and watercolors of ports, harbors, and landfalls, headlands, hills, and mountains, and any other readily identifiable topographical points of interest. Information relating to safe anchorage and the availability of water and wood was recorded often along scientists collecting flora and fauna for study. Collectively, this information would feature on the charts to aid navigation, be published scientific works, and presented in papers for further scientific study by future generations.
We celebrate the vision of these great explorers by showcasing the exploration expertise of our guides and leaders. At TERRA EXPLORE, our mission is to further the education of our participants across an array of disciplines and subjects, from wildlife to native culture, ecology to geology—biology, history, photography and beyond.