If your kids dream of navigating uncharted waters and exploring the wonders of nature, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has an adventure they’ll love. This summer, thanks to the National Geographic Global Explorers Program, kids and teens can earn their very own Zodiac “driver’s license” and see if they have what it takes to join the Lindblad Expeditions team.

National Geographic Global Explorers Program

A Zodiac boat is a lightweight, open-air inflatable boat powered by a small engine, used on expeditions to transport passengers on excursions away from the main ship. Traditionally manned by expert drivers, these boats are now within reach for young adventurers eager to learn. Under the guidance of an experienced Certified Field Educator, children under 18 will learn how to pilot a Zodiac cruiser, earning a “license” to use on future expeditions. While parallel parking isn’t on the curriculum, the lessons include essential skills like navigating waters safely and responsibly and understanding the local environment. Parents, rest assured: the only ticket your child might get is for not having fun!

But the excitement doesn’t stop at the helm of a Zodiac. The Global Explorers Program immerses children in the full expedition experience with various activities designed to spark curiosity and foster a love for nature. Kids can examine plankton under the ship’s microscope, snorkel to observe marine life, or document their findings in a field notebook. Each adventure is crafted to inspire the next generation of climate protectors, combining education and fun in a way that makes learning irresistible.

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic

This summer, the program is available on select departures in Alaska, the Galápagos, and Baja California, with a new program debuting in the Arctic as the National Geographic Expeditions Adventurers. These incredible destinations will give your children stories to share in the classroom and memories to cherish for a lifetime. With dynamic experts leading the way, every day is packed with discoveries that ignite new passions, no matter the traveler’s age.

So, if your child is ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure, consider the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic’s Zodiac “driver’s license” program. It’s more than just a trip; it’s an opportunity to nurture a love for exploration and the environment in the next generation of explorers.