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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.

Biking With Fresh Air, the Open Road, and an Awful Lot of Roadkill

Julie Hotz is biking from L.A. to Montana, then hiking to the Pacific Coast, recording every bit of roadkill she sees. It’s important information, and it doesn’t come free.

Have Some Eco-Heroism With Your Climbing Adventure

Individually, my small water samples won’t clean up the oceans. But pitching in and raising awareness can spread just as quickly and widely as the microplastics we’re trying to understand.

Phantom Predators: In Search of Lynx and Wolverines

As adventurers head to the Uinta Mountains for excitement, they’re also bringing along tools of research to study some of North America’s most mysterious apex predators.

West Papua’s Unbroken Waves and Untested Waters

An international team of top surfers reports back from one of their favorite places to travel, explore, surf, and collect samples of the microplastics contaminating the world’s water.

More Than Meets the Eye: Contribute to the World’s Largest Microplastics Dataset

Wherever you may travel, from alpine lakes and canyon-carving rivers to tropical shores, you can contribute to building the largest data set on microplastics.

How Science Sheds Light on an Artist’s Vision

Artist Emilie Lee is influencing conservation through her work.

8 Photos of Spring Awakening on the Great Plains

“In my two months of adventure here on the prairie, this ferruginous hawk flying into the sunrise was probably the most inspirational and memorable moment of them all,” says photographer Elaine Kennedy.

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.