What people are saying about Students on Ice Expeditions

“The polar regions have risen to the top of environmental concerns. Endowed especially in the high Arctic, with unique and newly endangered life forms; holding a large fraction of Earth’s fresh water; and subject to exceptionally rapid climate change, these remote parts of the world have a great importance for the generations immediately ahead. I’m glad that the Students on Ice program is leading in the kind of environmental education most needed.”

Edward O. Wilson, PhD
Environmentalist & Pulitzer Prize winner
Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

"This trip was an awe-inspiring experience. I met people that I never thought I could relate to and saw things I didn’t think existed on Earth. Not only did the lectures teach me new ways to see familiar things but from every laugh to every thought was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I have traveled a lot and seen beautiful things but never has a trip inspired and altered me as much as this. This whole experience has made me want to change the life I am living and be proud of our earth. I have never been more shocked, inspired, altered or touched by anything else I have ever experienced. I just can’t believe I had the honor of seeing it."

Ophelia Snyder
SOI Student Alumnus


“With programs like SOI, we have a chance at helping the world understand that the Arctic is indeed an early warning beacon and health barometer for the planet. As students andadults witness for themselves the dramatic changes during an SOI trip, they get a better appreciation of what it is we are all working hard to protect. We are counting on you to keep up the great work SOI!”

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, PhD (Hon.)
Nobel Prize Nominee


"This trip truly has been an amazing, eye-opening experience. Every day was filled with moments of joy and fun. Furthermore, I have met so many amazing and diverse people who I am sure I will remain in touch with for many years to come. I am so grateful I could be a part of this expedition!"

Rosie Simms
SOI Student Alumnus


“Students on Ice is an outstanding educational program. Just one of their shipboard expeditions to the Polar Regions equals two or three academic courses in a traditional university setting. The Arctic and Antarctic are where major changes in our global environment are first being seen.  I am proud and honored to participate in this unique shipboard program.”

Captain Don Walsh, PhD
Honorary Life Member of the Explorers Club
Presidential & NASA Advisor


“Students on Ice creates an environment for students to learn and thrive. The program is a recipe for transformation: it combines exciting adventure, important cultural exposure, and personal development. Its educational philosophy encourages youth to act and think locally, but also to explore the world, to build international links, and to learn from one another. Students, teachers, and parents will not be disappointed by this amazing program.”

Justin Trudeau
Education, Environment & Youth Advocate

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