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Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Exploring Earth with Earth Explorers
Exploration Science’s Kenny Broad Speaking at Chicago’s Museum Science and Industry

Meet two of the amazing adventurers featured in National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers and discover what it’s like to delve into some of the wildest places on Earth. Hear their stories, learn about the science and technology behind their journeys and the beauty and fragility of our planet.

From the moment Kenny Broad started scuba diving at age 11, all he ever wanted was to be “in or under water.” As a cave diver and environmental anthropologist, he is on a quest to understand connections between fresh water supplies, caves, and coastal communities.

“Take any opportunity to do something different, learn a new skill, and challenge yourself,” Broad shared. “The only failure is not trying. And remember—what comes around goes around, so be sure to share what you learn and help out your friends. It’s as fulfilling to be a team member as it is to lead a team.” Broad enjoys exploring the Bahamas’ deep underwater caves, or blue holes, the diver’s equivalent of summiting Mt. Everest in the Himalayas. It requires the perfect blend of physical stamina, masterful diving technique, and sophisticated equipment, such as rebreathers that recycle a diver’s exhaled air.

Sarah McNair-Landry is an adventurer, cinematographer, avid kite-skier and the youngest person to reach both the North and South Poles. She and her brother Eric have explored the Arctic for months at a time, covering huge distances by walking, dog sledding, kite skiing and even kayaking. McNair-Landry’s earliest adventures began right in her own backyard above the Arctic Circle.

“I grew up with a team of dogs and the Arctic Ocean in my backyard,” McNair-Landry said. “At the age of 10, my brother Eric and I decided that we wanted to head out on an overnight hiking trip, all by ourselves. So for the week leading up, my parents made us practice and prove that we could light the stoves, work the radio, and camp outside by ourselves on our back porch. Once we had proven our skills, Eric and I got to head out on our camping trip. We continued to head out for longer and longer trips, which eventually led to multi-month expeditions.”