A common goal toward social responsibility

One of our core values is to positively impact the places we explore. Over our decades of service, we’ve collaborated with several organizations that share our goals of social responsibility and environmental stewardship. These are some of the organizations we are proud to have joined forces with in common cause.

Alaska Whale Foundation

The Alaska Whale Foundation conducts research on humpback whale communication and behavior in Southeast Alaska. We share this research with our guests through visits to the National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion by members of the research team. As a result our guests have the opportunity to interact with researchers to gain unique and current insight into these magnificent animals.

Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is actively involved in Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators, which seeks to lead the expedition ship industry with best management practices in the Arctic. We have helped to create polar operation procedures for vessel personnel and guidelines for visitors to this fragile environment.

Blue Ocean Institute

Blue Ocean Institute seeks to inspire a deeper connection with nature, in everyone touched by an ocean. Working with them helps us to ensure that our seafood offerings are carefully selected for best fishing practices and flavor and helps to better communicate our connections to the seafood we serve. We choose not to purchase or serve species that are considered overfished or caught by practices that have serious environmental impact. Sourcing sustainable fish is a continual and ever-changing process, which requires consistent monitoring and diligence. Sven Lindblad is an active member of their Board of Trustees.

Charles Darwin Research Station/Charles Darwin Foundation

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic works closely with the Charles Darwin Research Station and Charles Darwin Foundation on conservation initiatives geared towards preserving the islands for generations to come. Some of the projects that have been supported include helping to eradicate feral pigs and goats in the archipelago, fostering the restoration of native plants throughout the islands; tracking giant tortoises, providing educational scholarships, and giving small grants for locally-initiated conservation-oriented projects. Sven Lindblad is an Honorary Member of the General Assembly of the Charles Darwin Foundation.

Children & Nature Network

The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) is leading a movement to connect all children, their families, and their communities to nature. C&NN was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic encourage families to explore the world together aboard their fleet, and they have also partnered with C&NN on the Natural Teachers Award and hosted C&NN’s Chairman Emeritus and Co-Founder, Richard Louv, as part of the Global Perspectives program aboard National Geographic Explorer.

Fondo Mexicano

Together with the Fondo Mexicano (FMCN) and our guests, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic supports urgent conservation projects in the Gulf of California as part of the Gulf of California Conservation Fund. Examples of some of the projects supported include sea lion disentanglement at Los Islotes and radar surveillance of illegal fishing in the Bahia Loreto Marine Reserve. Sven Lindblad is an active member of FMCN’s Assembly, the most important governance mechanism.

Global Heritage Fund

Global Heritage Fund protects, preserves, and promotes cultural heritage sites of outstanding value in developing regions of the world. Our work takes us to remote, stunning parts of the world, and each year, we choose a select group of travelers to visit these places accompanied by our conservation staff. Our guests leave both enraptured with the majesty of humanity's past achievements and knowledgable about the field of heritage conservation and the pressing need to preserve these vulnerable places before they vanish forever.

Google Education

Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education Programs collaborate with Google on the Grosvenor Teacher Fellows Program, which recognizes and rewards educators committed to geographic education. Google's education team helps prepare teachers at a pre-travel workshop by highlighting the use of Google tools, including Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Apps for Education, and more.

International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is actively involved in International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO), which seeks to lead the tourism industry with Best Management Practices in the Antarctic. We have helped to create polar operation procedures for vessel personnel and guidelines for visitors to this fragile place.

International Folk Art Market

This is the largest international folk art market in the world, with sales positively impacting the lives of an estimated 300,000 community members worldwide. The market’s host city, Santa Fe, New Mexico was named by UNESCO as the Folk Art capital of the world. As part of the Lindblad-National Geographic Artisans Fund, we sponsor an artisan annually to participate in the market. Our involvement allows us to source beautiful handicrafts from the regions we travel and offer long-term economic opportunities to artisans by showcasing their handcrafts in shipboard markets and galleries.


Lindblad Expeditions is a travel partner of the Jeopardy! Clue Crew, helping the roving correspondents gather clues all around the globe for “America’s Favorite Quiz Show.”

Marine Stewardship Council

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has the most widely recognized certification standard for sustainable marine fisheries. We were the first U.S. signatory to support the MSC, and we continue to purchase from MSC-certified suppliers whenever possible.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses make smart choices for healthy oceans. The program raises consumer awareness of ocean issues through a number of tools, and since 1999 they have distributed over 40 million pocket guides, which we distribute aboard our ships. Seafood Watch makes peer reviewed recommendations based on scientific research, ecosystem impacts, and set standards of sustainability we in turn use to improve our sustainable seafood sourcing.

National Geographic

Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic joined forces in 2004 to further inspire the world through expedition travel. Our collaboration in exploration, research, education, and conservation provides extraordinary travel experiences and disseminates geographic knowledge around the globe, inspiring people to explore and care about the planet. Sven Lindblad is a member of the Council of Advisors.

National Geographic Education Programs

National Geographic Education Programs recognize and rewards educators committed to geographic education. Currently, this professional development opportunity includes the opportunity for up to 14 teachers to explore the Arctic each year aboard National Geographic Explorer.

Planet Forward

Planet Forward is a project of the Center for Innovative Media at the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. The project teaches, celebrates, and rewards environmental storytelling by college students. Engaging a diverse audience of college students from across the country, Planet Forward uses storytelling, media, and educational events to tell the stories of invention and innovation that can move the planet forward. It also is the premier engagement tool for GW’s many sustainability initiatives.

Scalesia Foundation/Tomas de Berlanga School

Lindblad-National Geographic, together with the Helmsley Foundation, has provided a large multi-year grant to this school which has a powerful philosophy that we believe will create enlightened and capable future leaders of the islands. Sven Lindblad is an Honorary Member of the Scalesia Foundation.


SeaWeb is an international non-profit exclusively dedicated to using the science of communications to fundamentally shift the way people interact with the ocean. Through collaboration, SeaWeb works with a number of targeted sectors to develop market solutions, policies, and behaviors with the aim of a healthy, thriving ocean. We are a past Sustainable Seafood Champion and have actively supported SeaWeb’s Marine Photobank, a collection of public images advancing ocean conservation.

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council

The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council works to protect the temperate rain forests and productive watersheds that harbor and sustain life in the Tongass National Forest. Donations from Lindblad-National Geographic guests traveling aboard National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion help to further these efforts.

Sustainable Northwest

Sustainable Northwest provides dedicated, nonpartisan support for a community-oriented, conservation-based economy in the Pacific Northwest. With their guidance, we have altered our food purchasing, added guest speakers, and improved the guest experience on voyages along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Our support of Sustainable Northwest has helped them raise funds to support their regionally-based projects.

Wildlife Conservation Society

We partner with the Wildlife Conservation Society on our Patagonia voyages to Argentina and Chile—two of the many countries where WCS has vital programs and hundreds of scientists and conservationists devoted to protecting the world’s wildlife and wild places. Founded in 1896 as the New York Zoological Society, WCS has a commitment to protect 25 percent of the world’s biodiversity. They address four of the biggest issues facing wildlife and wild places: climate change; natural resource exploitation; the connection between wildlife health and human health; and the sustainable development of human livelihoods. While taking on these issues, WCS manages more than 200 million acres of protected lands around the world including Patagonia’s Karukinka Natural Park, which WCS has granted us special permission to visit. Learn more about WCS at


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Karl & Karen K.

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