We Want You: A Groundbreaking Project to Save America’s Great Prairie

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish founded Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a nonprofit organization connecting outdoor adventurers with scientists in need of data from the field. He also organizes his own expeditions, contributing to research on wildlife-human interaction, fragmented habitats, and threatened species.


Did you know there are only four places on Earth where unplowed prairie ecosystems exist and could be protected? One of them is in Montana. Landmark is Adventurers & Scientists for Conservation’s groundbreaking project with American Prairie Reserve to provide boots on the ground to collect desperately needed data to support the reserve staff and enable them to make the best conservation decisions in this incredible landscape.

Rob Pudner is an avid ice climber from New Jersey. In college he caught the adventure bug and in 2010 moved to Bozeman, Montana – ASC’s home base.  He was drawn there because of its proximity to world-class ice climbing and other adventure opportunities. Rob has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a minor in adventure recreation and is currently applying to a master’s program in urban planning. He may never have visited the plains if not through Landmark‘s opportunity to contribute to something greater than himself.  After a month walking the grasslands Rob is an evangelist for the Reserve and for adventure science. Watch Rob describe his experience in his own words.

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Meet the Author
Gregg Treinish founded Adventure Scientists in 2011 with a strong passion for both scientific discovery and exploration. 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. He was included on the Christian Science Monitor's 30 under 30 list in 2012, and the following year became a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work with Adventure Scientists. In 2013, he was named a Backpacker Magazine "hero", in 2015, a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur and one of Men's Journal's "50 Most Adventurous Men." In 2017, he was named an Ashoka Fellow and in 2018 one of the Grist 50 "Fixers." Gregg holds a biology degree from Montana State University and a sociology degree from CU-Boulder. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2004. Read more updates from Gregg and others on the Adventure Scientists team at adventurescientists.org/field-notes. Follow Adventure Scientists on Instagram @adventurescientists, on Facebook @adventurescientists, and on Twitter @AdvScientists.