Ice Cream Expedition

Eat ice cream and explore!

Listen to the Ice Cream Expedition song!

National Geographic Young Explorers tour the country in an ice-cream truck to talk to kids about exploration and encourage them to sign a conservation pledge.

Saving the Planet, One Scoop at a Time


This summer we're driving across the country in an ice-cream truck to show kids how easy it is to explore their world—as well as protect it. Supported in part with a National Geographic Young Explorers grant, the Ice Cream Expedition will make stops all over the United States, talking to kids about their favorite places to explore in nature. We'll also ask them to take a pledge to protect those places, and of course, give away free Magnolia ice cream!


Young Explorers Caleb, Jordan, and Cameron may be coming to a city near you, so check out the calendar below.  You can also follow their journey online by watching videos, checking out photos, and reading posts about the adventures they're having. You can take the pledge by downloading a pledge sheet and taking the poll to the right to tell the world how you're going to protect the planet!

Updates From the Road


I pledge to explore and protect the planet by...


Our Partner

Click the full-screen arrows in the upper right of the gallery for more information about each photo.


Our Stops


(Locations and dates are subject to change.)


  • San Diego, CA - Scripps Institute Birch Aquarium 7/17/2014
  • Los Angeles, CA - Trinity Park 7/18/2014
  • San Francisco, CA - California Academy of Sciences 7/20/2014
  • Portland, OR - OMSI 7/23/2014
  • Seattle, WA - Audubon Nature Camp at Magnuson Park 7/25/2014
  • Colorado Springs, CO - The Kruse Family Home 8/2/2014
  • Estes Park, CO - Stanley Park 8/3/2014
  • Boulder, CO - Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center 8/4/2014
  • Tulsa, OK - Guthrie Green 8/7/2014
  • Austin, TX - Thinkery Austin Children's Museum 8/13/2014
  • New Orleans, LA - Storyland Park in the New Orleans City Park 8/16/2014
  • Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Botanical Garden 8/20/2014
  • Nashville, TN - Nashville Discovery Center 8/28/2014
  • Chicago, IL - William Powers State Park 9/6/2014
  • Washington, D.C. - National Geographic Headquarters 9/12/2014



Earn a Special Badge on My Shot!


Share a photo of the place you pledged to protect. Upload a pic of your favorite place to explore on My Shot. Tag your photos #IceCreamExpedition and earn a badge!

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