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Gregg Treinish founded Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation in 2011, mobilizing outdoor enthusiasts in collaborative efforts to protect our natural world. Today, the Bozeman, Montana-based organization works with volunteers to collect and present scientific data, catalyzing global conservation initiatives.

National Geographic named Gregg Adventurer of the Year in 2008, when he and a friend completed a 7,800-mile trek along the spine of the Andes Mountain Range. In 2013, he became a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work with ASC. Gregg has a biology degree from Montana State University, a sociology degree from CU-Boulder, and has led expeditions to six continents.

Here, Gregg, his team and volunteers share stories from ASC’s work.

Epic Mountain Hike Leads to Discovery of New Microbes

“Diatoms are to microscopic organisms as grizzly bears are to mammals. They are beautiful for their intricate designs and symmetry, and amazing for their incredible variety.”

Methods for Maneuvering Through Spring Mud, Vol. 1

Tim Brtis outlines many a method for navigating one’s way through spring mud on the prairie.

What a Family Does for a Year on a Sailboat

A family takes the trip of a lifetime and collects water samples to search for microplastics hidden in the waves.

Becoming One With Winter on the Sun Prairie

There are moments of transcendence you search out, and those that seem to find you. Life on the prairie is full of both.

Prairie Exploration Play-by-Play

Mud, bison, sunsets, and Rocky Raccoon: it’s all in a day in the life of an Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation crew member on the American Prairie Reserve.

Help Us Detect Microplastics in Our Rivers

We are now a finalist for the Alpine Initiatives Grassroots Grant. Place your vote to help us expand our research from oceans to freshwater!

Rowing the Pacific With Wine and Cheese

Row the Pacific Ocean with French cousins Christophe and Clemente in this video, and contribute to ocean conservation while you’re at it. Just don’t get seasick!

Something Big on the Prairie

A video about spending two months collecting wildlife data and living on the American Prairie Reserve with the ASC Landmark crew, by New York producer Erik Goldstein.

Reading the Prairie Waterlines

Kim Tri considers the role of water on the prairie—where it is, where it’s been, and what it leaves behind.

100 Trans-Atlantic Sailors Rally for Science

A huge fleet of ships studies the plastic content of the ocean in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers.

Big Cat Week: Dark Beaches, Big Cats

Tracking jaguars was bound to be hair-raising, but nothing prepared Nikki Mann for the actuality of walking in almost total blackness and being watched by a 200-pound-plus killing machine that had not eaten a fresh turtle kill since last week.

Surfing Explorers “Stoked to Collect Data”

While traveling the world in search of un-surfed waves, the crew from SurfEXPLORE participates in ocean research through the Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation Microplastics project.

The Prairie: Looking Beneath the Surface

Laura Hitt explores the sublime and the saddening aspects of life on the American Prairie Reserve.

Turtle Ninjas

They often work alone, usually at night, wearing dark clothing. They work long hours for little or no pay, and even less notoriety. They do it for the turtles.

Camera Trap Top 10

Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation works with lots of camera traps. They stay immobile, day and night, recording at the slightest hint of movement. Of the hundreds of one-minute camera trap videos we’ve collected, here are some of our favorite moments.