Meet Arctic Explorer Lonnie Dupre at The Parklands!

Meet Arctic Explorer Lonnie Dupre at The Parklands!

Arctic Explorer Lonnie Dupre will return to Louisville February 19-21, 2015 and will appear at four separate public events, including two appearances at The Parklands on February 20th and 21st. This is a rare opportunity to meet someone who is the FIRST to accomplish something extraordinary: on January 11, 2015, on his fourth attempt, Lonnie accomplished his goal to become the first person ever to climb to the summit of Denali (Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America) alone in January with only 5-6 hours of sunlight a day.

Of the people who try to climb Denali in summer only 1/3 reach the summit, and the mountain has claimed over 100 lives. Lonnie accomplished this feat in the cold conditions of winter, and since his return, media coverage has included Good Morning America, NBC & ABC Evening News, Outside Magazine, and many other national and international outlets. 

Lonnie’s motivator for his expeditions is his love of cold places, which are essential to our earth’s health.

“For as long as I can remember, I have loved snow and ice," said Dupre, "As a result, I have spent most of my life exploring the Arctic region. These journeys have brought such joy and beauty to my life that I have dedicated myself to helping preserve these wonderful frozen places.” 

At these events Lonnie will share personal information about some of his challenges and adventures, including being trapped in a tent for 5 days with only 1-1/2 days of food and 2 days of fuel in sub-zero temperatures. Some of the actual equipment he used will be at these events, and a life-size model of the type of snow cave he often used for shelter.

Lonnie states, “My goal is to inspire more children and adults to explore and bond with the outdoors.  It is this intimate connection that engages people to preserve and protect our wild areas.”

We believe this is also core to The Parklands mission and are thrilled to offer these events in partnership with Hear in America/Hear in Kentucky, Axxis Entertainment, and the Louisville Zoo. Join Lonnie as he shares life on the trail with special emphasis placed on setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles, and climate change. He will also talk about the logistical challenges of organizing his expeditions, the importance of teamwork, and the physical training and preparations for his expeditions.  In addition to his Denali expeditions Lonnie will discuss expeditions to the North Pole in summer time, circumnavigating Greenland entirely by kayak and dogsled. 

These events are presented through the joint efforts of Hear In Kentucky / Hear In America, The Louisville Zoo, and the Parklands of Floyd’s Fork who unite in their commitment to environmental preservation and education. All events listed below are FREE to Parklands and Louisville Zoo Members, but PRE-REGISTRATION is necessary due to limited space.


LIFE ON ICE - Thursday Feb. 19, at the PNC Club at Papa John’s Stadium, 6:30 – 9:00 PM.  Lonnie will speak about his history and adventures, enhanced by photos and video footage from his 25 years of arctic exploration.  Free for UofL students, members of the Louisville Zoo and the Parklands of Floyd’s Fork, $5.00 admission for general public.  E-tickets available at

COLD LOVE MOVIE VIEWING AND Q&A LONNIE- Friday Feb. 20 at Gheens Foundation Lodge in Beckley Creek Park, 6:30 – 9:30 PM.  One World Endeavors’ Cold Love film viewing followed by Q&A with Lonnie Dupre.  Cold Love documents a few of Lonnie’s 25 years of polar expeditions: North Pole, Greenland, and Denali.  Q&A to follow and cash bar available: free for Parklands Members, $5 for non-members.  For more information and to receive your E-tickets go to

CONQUEST OF DENALI - Saturday Feb 21 at The Louisville Zoo, 6:30-8:30, “Conquest of Denali”.  The Inside Story about Lonnie’s Denali expeditions, in detail.  Exclusive never-before-seen footage and photos.  Free for UofL students and members of the Louisville Zoo, $5.00 admission for general public, very limited seating.  E-tickets available at  

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