Steger Center Vision

The idea behind the Steger Center came to be during an Antarctica Expedition, manifested in a detailed drawing of a five-story center designed to help people develop skills and cultivate leaders. It would lead to a center that nurtures community, cares for the earth, and inspires leaders to solve real-world problems. With community spaces, master classes, and international leadership conferences – the Steger Center exists to build a sustainable community in the NorthWoods and inspire future generations of leaders.

Steger Center Vision

Expanded Public Viewing After Antarctica - Now Streaming

Follow Will Steger’s extraordinary 1989-90 International Trans-Antarctica Expedition and learn how it impacted his life. Created by Tasha Van Zandt, this award-winning documentary provides an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Will’s life. After Antarctica is now available for streaming on Apple TV, Amazon, and Google.

Following the film, use our new Film Discussion Guide with your groups or class for a deeper discussion.

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Innovation & Leadership Changing Lives by Developing Skills

The Steger Center currently offers summer programming focused on skill building, individual empowerment, and environmental stewardship. By 2025, the 5-story Leadership Center will be ready for leaders to gather as it nears ultimate completion. The Steger Center continually offers a wide range of evolving and new programs, from individual skills training to youth career empowerment and environmental stewardship, the Center cultivates a sense of self-reliance, empowerment, and a love for nature among the people we serve.

Steger Center Programs

The summer construction season has begun.

The Steger Center began taking form in 1998, during a time when Will Steger and his team were training for one of their most daunting expeditions. The first bags of cement and gravel were brought in by dog sled – to lay the foundation for today’s expansive facility. With five stories constructed, the vision for this one-of-a-kind facility is nearly realized.

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Support the Steger Center Contribute Today!

Your financial support can help ensure a lasting legacy of exploration, learning, and stewardship. The Steger Center has changed countless lives already. Explore our website to learn more about the build-out of this unique facility in Ely, Minnesota, and to learn about 2023 programming.

  • Wilderness ignites a sense of power and forges tenacious resolve to harness that power for the good of all.

    Will Steger

  • Community working together in the wilderness unleashes new possibilities.

    Will Steger