Lindblad Expeditions & National Geographic Society
Since my adventure to Antarctica with Lindblad Expeditions, they have managed to enhance an already incredible experience! In 2004, Lindblad Expeditions partnered with the National Geographic Society to form an exciting and revolutionary alliance in the world of expedition travel. This collaboration provides a new platform for discovery, allowing travelers to become active, engaged explorers themselves. Guests interact with world-renowned scientists, naturalists and researchers as they uncover stunning natural environments using state-of-the-art exploration tools. Providing an extraordinary vehicle for research and learning, their ships are equipped with kayaks, undersea cameras, hydrophones, video-microscopes, critter-cams and a range of new tools for exploration.
As everyone knows, travel and photography go hand-in-hand, and with the partnership between Lindblad and National Geographic, photography has become a vital component of the expeditions. Starting March 2008, all expeditions aboard National Geographic Explorer will feature a National Geographic Photographer teamed with a LEX Photo Specialist as part of the expedition staff! (Now through March 2008, select departures only.) For novices and experts alike, the Photo Team will offer useful tips and strategies for improving travel and wildlife images, hints for editing and storing digital images, walks ashore and Zodiac cruises dedicated to photography, presentations on the creative and technical aspects of photography, and one-on-one mentoring and coaching in the field.
Additionally, Lindblad and NGS are increasing awareness of key conservation issues by supporting a variety of environmental and conservation initiatives including Oceanites, a non-profit organization that gathers information on resident penguin populations and tourism's impact in Antarctica. They also sponsor The Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship Program, which donates two fellowships annually to geography educators. As a traveler who hopes to tread lightly on the earth as I explore, my hope is that the amazing landscapes and wildlife I encounter do not become relegated to photo albums and memories for a privileged few. It’s reassuring that Lindblad and NGS are committed to preserving wild places for future generations even as they deepen our understanding of the world today.