What we're about

We're fun, adventurous and respectful to the environment and each other.


The golden age of exploration may be over but there are still amazing places to discover where few people have gone before. Even though we live in Iowa there are still countless outdoor treasures to uncover where untold adventures lie.

We defy those who decry the lack of wilderness and set out to explore those hidden places the timid will never find. We hike, but not necessarily on trails alone.

We canoe, but not necessarily on the established routes alone. We also camp... in established campgrounds, backcountry campsites and on sandbars on river trips. Rain, sleet, and snow do not deter us.

We do what others can't, won't, or say is not possible. In the challenge and thrill of doing so, we come together with like-minded people to discover more about the world and above all, to explore as a team, help one another and to have lots of fun!

Founded by Chris Beckley in 2014, the Iowa Explorers Club is an inclusive group made up of people of all ages with diverse backgrounds. Membership is free and the only requirement to join is to be at least moderately fit and have a positive attitude. More recently we've begun to give back through volunteer opportunities with the DNR.

"The elements that make our outdoor experiences more challenging also make them much more rewarding!" - Jennifer S., Iowa Explorer Club member

"We must not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time." - T.S. Elliot


To explore and enjoy the wild places in Iowa and beyond in fellowship with others; to discover new perspectives; to overcome fears and personal limitations; to find courage; to live an adventure.


1. We are passionate about exploration. We seek to discover new things and see old things in new ways.

2. We value inclusion and fellowship. Our leadership is successful when members find themselves playing irreplaceable roles in grand adventures.

3. We have fun.

4. We are creative and continually look for new ways to improve things that contribute to our mission.

5. We are courageous and take risks, responsibly.

6. We support the conservation of natural areas.

KEEPING IT CLEAN: Iowa Explorers Club is grateful for all of the wonderful public and private land set aside for conservation and recreation in Iowa. As a way of saying thank you it's our policy to carry out any trash we find in the wild in order to leave these special places in a better condition than when we found them.

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