Ann Bancroft to keynote White House Arctic Science Ministerial

Polar explorer and educator, Ann Bancroft chosen as keynote speaker at the White House Arctic Science Ministerial in Washington D.C. next week. 

 “Having witnessed first hand the changes since my first dogsled expedition in 1986 to the present, I am very honored to be invited to keynote the first ever White House Arctic Science Ministerial bringing together 300 international stakeholders from 25 nations responding to President Obama’s call for a global, collective push for near future solutions to the unique challenges we face with changes taking place in the Arctic.”

Ann is perfect for the role because of her first hand experience witnessing the changes taking place in the Arctic that are impacted by and that impact our planet.

Join Protect Our Winter Twitter interview (@ProtectWinter) with Ann Bancroft (@PolarAnn) as a preview to the White House Arctic Science Ministerial on Friday, September 23 at 11:00 a.m. Central. Follow hashtag #ArcticScience to join the discussion.

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Ann Bancroft Interviewed on Rudy Maxa’s World with The Careys

Rudy MaxaHear Rudy Maxa’s interview with Ann Bancroft – currently in rotation on TuneIn radio (online on

You can also catch the interview on Rudy Max’a 8/20/2016 podcast episode of Rudy Maxa’s World with The Careys .

Access Water Expedition Continues

We’re busy planning leg two of the Access Water Expedition series, with plans to take it down the Mississippi River. Our goal with this expedition series is to lead a conversation with millions of youth that will raise awareness and inspire the future leaders of the world to work towards a safe and abundant world, starting with access to clean water.

Why water? Humans need fresh water to survive. We took our first Access Water Expedition trip down the Ganges River in India because 400 million residents rely on the Ganges for water, food, bathing and worship. It is one of the most important and sacred rivers in the world.

We take the next leg of the expedition to the United States because after the Ganges we realized that other countries believe western countries and certainly the United States have no water problems. Yet we found many similarities in the challenges faced by the Ganges with the Mississippi river. Hosting this expedition in the United States gives us an opportunity to reinvigorate our commitments to the efforts we need to continue and to recognize there is more work yet to be done.

We’re seeking partners to help us make Access Water Mississippi possible.

We’re not done with Access Water Ganges yet. Shari Brochhausen and Cutback Films are making a documentary. Watch the trailer here. Watch our website and follow our Facebook page for updates.

Arctic Ocean 2005

In February 2001, world-class polar explorers and former schoolteachers Ann Bancroft (48, Scandia, Minn.) and Liv Arnesen (50, Oslo, Norway) captivated millions of people worldwide as they fulfilled their childhood dream and became the first women to ski across Antarctica.

On March 11, 2005 Bancroft and Arnesen set out to attempt another first for women; an approximate 1,240-mile (1,996-km) ski and ski-sail crossing of the mostly frozen Arctic Ocean. The journey was an attempt to traverse across the Arctic Ocean during the Arctic’s “spring” season. They planned to begin the journey in late February 2005 in Cape Arktichesky on Severnaya Zemlya in Russia, to cross over the geographic North Pole, and end at Ward Hunt Island, Canada in early June. Read more

Arctic Ocean 2007


A Call to Action.

For more than 20 years, world-renowned polar explorers and educators , Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen have made history and inspired millions skiing and ski-sailing over ice in the extreme cold of the Arctic and Antarctic regions. But March, 2007, they set out on a new expedition across the Arctic Ocean, their primary goal was not to make history, but to change the future. Bancroft and Arnesen set forth to use their 75-day journey to raise awareness among kids on global warming’s impact on the fragile Arctic, and – in particular – help young people understand how they can help prevent further climate change. Read more

Ann Bancroft

Ann Bancroft

Ann Bancroft is one of the world´s preeminent polar explorers and an internationally recognized leader who is dedicated to inspiring women,girls and audiences around the world to unleash the power of their dreams. Through her various roles as an explorer, educator and sought-after speaker, 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 withopportunities 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&quote; (1987); and honored with numerous other awards for her accomplishments.

Major Accomplishments

– February 2001 – Bancroft and Norwegian polar explorer Liv Arnesen become the first women in history to sail and ski across Antarctica´s landmass – completing a 94-day, 1,717-mile (2,747 km) trek.

– 1993 – Bancroft leads the American Women´s Expedition to the South Pole, a 67-day expedition of 660 miles (1,060 km) on skis by four women, earning the distinction of being the first woman in history to cross the ice to both the North and South Poles.

– 1992 – Bancroft leads the first American women´s east to west crossing of Greenland.

– 1986 – Bancroft dogsleds 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from the Northwest Territories in Canada to the North Pole as the only female member of the Steger International Polar Expedition, earning the distinction of being the first known woman in history to cross the ice to the North Pole.


Born in 1955 in Mendota Heights, Minn., Bancroft´s love of the outdoors began early in life. Aside from the two years she spent with her family in Kenya, East Africa (in fifth and sixth grades), Bancroft was a student of Minnesota´s vast wilderness. Her father often took her on camping and canoe trips in northern Minnesota. At age eight, she began to lead her own mini-expeditions, cajoling her cousins into accompanying her on backyard winter camping trips.

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 in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. schools 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 non-profit organization that celebrates the existing and potential achievements of women and girls.

Since the Bancroft Arnesen Expedition, Bancroft and Arnesen´s inspirational story has helped shape Bancroft Arnesen Explore, designed to share Ann and Liv´s stories with audiences around the globe through multi-media presentations, short films, workshops, curricula andlectures as a way to motivate people to reach for their own dreams, particularly women and girls. An internationally known entity, Bancroft´s expeditions have been followed by BBC, CNN, National Public Radio, NBC Nightly News and NBC´s Today show. She also has been featured in Time, People, USA Today, Ms., McCall´s, Ladies Home Journal, Vogue, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, National Geographic, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids and Sports Illustrated for Women, O, the Oprah Magazine, and Time for Kids. Bancroft is a spokesperson for the Learning Disabilities Association, Wilderness Inquiry and Girl Scouts of the USA. She serves on the board of Youth Frontiers, co-chairs the Wilderness Inquiry capital campaign and is a judge for the Nuclear-Free awards and the National Women´s Hall of Fame inductions. Bancroft also is on the advisory board of the Melpomene Institute and Medica.

Bancroft currently lives in Scandia, MN