To explore is human. OpenExplorer is a digital field journal. It's a way to share the different stages of your expedition - planning, underway and debriefing - with a community of people who share your enthusiasm.

It’s for everyone: university researchers to citizen scientists, students to professional adventurers. You can begin (even if it’s just the seed of an idea) by posting an expedition that you've been dreaming up (even if it's just exploring your backyard), or get started by following along and contributing to other adventures.

OpenExplorer allows you to connect with others, raise money as you go, and share the adventure as it unfolds. It’s a new way to explore your world.

Expedition Examples

Exploration comes in all shapes and sizes. It doesn’t have to be completely thought through, just an idea is enough to get started. You never know who you’ll meet. Here’s a list of how some groups and individuals have used OpenExplorer:

Explore together

The idea of exploration has changed. New tools are allowing everyday people to make important discoveries. OpenExplorer allows you to meet others who can help your effort, raise money for your cause, as well as find other expeditions to follow and fund.

“Using OpenExplorer opened many doors for us. In an early and crucial phase, we made connections that continue to yield great benefits: connections, funding expertise and solid advice on how to build on innovation.”

Tim Shields
Studying desert tortoises in the Mojave

Sometimes a little can go a long way.

In addition to helping you map and chronicle your adventure. OpenExplorer helps you connect with a broader community of explorers and gives you a platform to raise money for your cause.

There are a few ways to do it. First, an expedition can set up a WePay account and start receiving contributions. Second, you can enter your expedition to be a part of one of our initiatives, which can qualify you for specific tools and resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifies as an expedition?

It's intentionally a broad term. The best way to think about it: is there a question being asked or a curiosity being pursued? Take a look at other expeditions on the site to get an idea of how this can look. In general, the site is not a place to show off, it's a place to share.

Do I have to have an OpenROV to start an expedition?

Not at all! OpenExplorer is meant for all types of expeditions that use all sorts of tools.

How much do I have to plan before I begin creating an expedition?

You should have some general background information, which will vary depending on your expedition type, but don't let that hold you back. As we mentioned above, the most important step is the first one. Get started, share often, and see where it leads!

If I contribute to an expedition, do I get any rewards or ownership?

Nope. Contributing to the expedition - ideas or financially - does not equate to any form of ownership or entitlement. Best to think of it as a digital high five - a vote of support that you want the team to keep going and producing great content.

Is the contribution tax deductible?

Unfortunately no. In order to reduce the barriers to science, exploration and conservation, we didn't want to confuse anyone with complex legalities or tax situations. Each explorer is responsible for his or her own tax situation.

What are the fees?

It’s free to start an expedition and use. If you use OpenExplorer to raise money, a small percentage (usually 3%) goes to the payment processing company (WePay) and 5% goes to supporting the platform. The rest goes directly to the expedition team to support their effort.