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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.

Searching for the Pure Life in Paradise

Costa Rica is one of the world’s most eco-conscious countries, but it still has issues to deal with. How well can it live up to its motto of supporting a “Pura Vida”?

Plastics Found in One of Hawaii’s Most Remote Streams

Adventure Scientists for the Global Microplastics Initiative reach the most remote corners of the globe to help us understand the extent of plastic pollution worldwide. Collecting freshwater samples will provide critical data that can identify sources of microplastics in order to eliminate their introduction into the world’s water supply. Christian Shaw and Céline Jennsion of Plastic Tides are long-time ASC adventurers and…

Weaving Science With Storytelling on the American Prairie Reserve

Standing in the lee of some hills as other more industrious crew members retrieve data from a wildlife trapping camera, I wonder if the coyotes are howling today for the pronghorn that ducked under the fence not a few miles back. This hole in my knowledge—why do coyotes howl and for whom?—tugs a little at my anxious heart.

Searching for Micro-Trash in a Wild Western River

Photographer Louise Johns joined volunteers in the field to document what it means to be a part of the ASC Gallatin Microplastics project through the winter.

VIDEO: Adventure Science in the Uinta Mountains

Beautiful footage of ASC trail runners looking for wolverines in the Utah backcountry.

Libecki Brothers Explore Vertical Virgin Earth in Greenland

It was close to 1 a.m., and the midnight sun was hiding behind the massive mountains surrounding the Libecki brothers. Before dropping them off, the captain sailed back and forth looking for polar bears. The last time Mike was here, 11 polar bears were seen in the area. Today the coast looked clear so Mike and Andy stepped onto shore.

How Adventure Keeps Us Wild

There are elements of our human selves that are just as mysterious and unpredictable as the wilderness; elements that have remained unchanged, tethering us to the world we came from. At our core, we are still wild, too.

Plastic by the Numbers in the Atlantic Ocean

When 93 boats crossing the Atlantic take water samples all along the way, a clearer picture of the ocean emerges.

Experience the Sights and Sounds of the Himalaya

Not only has ASC alpinist Graham Zimmerman established first ascents in the Himalaya this year, he’s also committed his time and energy to conservation.

Film: A Love Letter to Alaska

Jaw dropping footage from the Mendenhall Glacier.

Painting Her Way Down the Missouri and Mississippi

In July, six paddlers set off to follow the water for 3,500 miles. The group began their adventure at Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park, following snowmelt, small creeks and cold water springs to the Missouri River. From the Missouri, they will continue to the Mississippi and then on to the Gulf of Mexico.

Visiting the White House for Citizen Science

White House forum features “Open Science and Innovation: Of the People, By the People, For the People”

Enormous Fish, Tiny Plastics

Lesley de Souza, volunteer for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, recounts her experience working with arapaima in Guyana and collecting water samples for the ASC Microplastics Project.

Sampling and Sailing Lake Michigan

Adventure scientist Jaclyn Johnston sails Lake Michigan while contributing to Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation’s microplastics research.

Running Across Iceland

Ultra runner Pavel Cenkl explores Iceland’s magnificent coasts and highlands—and the idea that all parts of the planet’s ecological system are interwoven.