Explore the Ocean with Philmont’s Sarah Burgess on the E/V Nautilus

Philmont director of STEM will explore the ocean this year on the Exploration Vessel Nautilus.
One Scouter will help bring ocean adventures right to your computer screen this year.

Philmont Scout Ranch‘s Sarah Burgess is preparing to set sail on a pretty epic expedition aboard a notable vessel. That’s Dr. Robert Ballard’s Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus.

Ballard, a Life Scout and the world famous oceanographer who discovered the shipwrecked Titanic, established the nonprofit Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) to allow adventurers to explore the ocean and contribute to field discoveries. The organization selected Burgess along with twenty-eight educators and twenty-six students from around the world to take part in the 2015 Nautilus Exploration Program expedition.

This team will join the Nautilus Corps of Exploration exploring the Gulf of Mexico, Galápagos Islands, and Eastern Pacific Ocean.

From Philmont to the Open Sea

Burgess is currently the director of Philmont’s STEM program. In this role, she heads the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the largest national High-Adventure base, located in Cimarron, NM. As the OET aims to ignite passion for these fields throughout the world, Burgess’ opportunity to tackle this expedition was bestowed on the ideal candidate.

“I am ecstatic to be part of the Corps of Exploration aboard E/V Nautilus this year,” Burgess said. “I look forward to sharing this experience with all the staff, participants and visitors adventuring at Philmont this summer. Ocean exploration is a new frontier, with exciting discoveries yet to happen, and I think many of our Scouts and Venturers will be the next generation of explorers in this realm.”

Philmont visitors, Scouts, and anyone interested in sea exploration can feel like part of the expedition. The Corps will participate alongside scientists and engineers in live interactions with shoreside audiences through a live stream called Nautilus Live. Catch the 24-hour-a-day webcast at


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