Ann Bancroft - Polar Explorer, Educator, and Lecturer


Ann Bancroft - Polar Explorer, Educator, and Lecturer





Presented as part of The Adventure Summit, co-sponsored by the WSU Outdoor Resource Center and Five Rivers MetroParks.

Ann Bancroft is one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers and an internationally recognized leader who is dedicated to inspiring women and girls around the world to follow their dreams. Through her various roles as an explorer, educator, sought-after speaker, and philanthropist, Bancroft believes that by sharing stories related to her dreams of outdoor adventure, she can help inspire a global audience to pursue their individual dreams.

Bancroft’s teamwork and leadership skills have undergone severe tests during her polar expeditions and provided her with opportunities to shatter female stereotypes. The tenacity and courage that define her character have earned Bancroft worldwide recognition as one of today’s most influential role models for women and girls. She has been named among Glamour magazine’s “Women of the Year” (2001); featured in the book Remarkable Women of the Twentieth Century (1998); inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame (1995); named Ms. magazine’s “Woman of the Year” (1987); and honored with numerous other awards for her accomplishments.

Bancroft’s passion for exploring our natural world is matched by her enthusiasm for teaching children. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from the University of Oregon, Bancroft taught physical and special education at schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and coached various high school sports. She currently is an instructor for Wilderness Inquiry, an organization that helps disabled and able-bodied individuals enjoy the wilderness year round.

Bancroft’s other achievements include founding and leading the Ann Bancroft Foundation, a nonprofit organization that celebrates the existing and potential achievements of women and girls.

Photograph by Bancroft Amesen Explore

Ann Bancroft - Polar Explorer, Educator, and Lecturer