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Josh Bernstein

Steering Committee Ambassador

International explorer, educator, author, diver, and television host Josh Bernstein has traveled more than 1,000,000 miles by train, plane, bus, bike, and camel to over 75 countries, exploring the biggest mysteries of our planet in pursuit of knowledge and discovery. Known in over 220 countries and territories around the world as the award-winning host of Digging for the Truth on the History Channel and Into The Unknown with Josh Bernstein on the Discovery Channel, Josh brings a sense of curiosity and courage to every adventure and over 53 hours of hosted, primetime programming. Josh is now bringing his passion and skills to the classroom, merging the curiosity-driven hosting style Josh is known for with the standards-aligned pedagogy that educators need.

In addition to his success on television, Josh has had a 25-year career as a wilderness guide at BOSS, the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, the oldest wilderness survival school in the world. Under Josh’s leadership as CEO, the school grew to become the largest and best school of its kind, and Josh was instrumental in managing that growth with new course design, curriculum development, staff training, and program marketing –– all while helping clients gain more self-esteem and resilience on the trail.

In December 2013, Josh sold the school to begin development of Explorer At Large (XAL) with the Smithsonian Institution as its charter Content Partner. In the years since, Josh has led Explorer At Large’s efforts to change the face of education one classroom, one student, one question at a time. Working with the teachers, parents, and students involved in Explorer At Large to date has been a true highlight for him.

In December 2020, Explorer At Large and other team members received a grant from NASA to create XAL content for Project Ianos, an exciting program for 5th-8th grade students that incorporates Josh’s passion for hands-on, discovery-based learning. Similar to his tenure at BOSS, Josh hopes to be creating educational content for the next 25 years, creating generations of more curious and courageous explorers.