Each year The Explorers Club and Rolex USA host the Lowell Thomas Awards to honor extraordinary individuals who have made unique contributions to a particular field of exploration. This year, our focus is forest canopies and their rich biodiversity, which is essential to our existence.

Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening is the renowned conservationist and television star Jim Fowler, who also serves as Honorary President of the Explorers Club. The awards are named for Lowell Thomas, a renowned explorer/journalist, who served as President of the Club in the 1950s.

Past recipients include Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Robert Ballard, Buzz Aldrin, Scott Carpenter, James Lovell, Kathryn Sullivan, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Sir Edmund Hillary (currently the Club’s Honorary Chairman), Wade Davis, Simon Winchester and Dr. Edward 0. Wilson, to name a few.