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A Wilderness Explorer is Friend to All, be it Plants or Fish or Tiny Mole
―Wilderness Explorer Motto

The Wilderness Explorers are the scouting organization featured in the 2009 Disney/Pixar animated feature film Up that Russell is a part of.


The Wilderness Explorers are a worldwide scouting organization committed to encouraging and educating children into protecting nature and good citizenship in general.

Like many scouting organizations, Merit Badges are a key element of one's standing as a Wilderness Explorer. At least four ranks exist within the Wilderness Explorers: Tadpole, Minnow, Fish, and Senior Wilderness Explorer. Much of Russell's character arc is focused around finishing his merit badge collection with the "Assisting the Elderly" Badge and thus earning the Senior rank. Despite this, his Wilderness Explorer troop experience seems limited in its interaction with actual Wilderness, considering his inability to properly pitch a tent.

The vast array of badges that a Wilderness Explorer could possibly earn have been explored in a Wilderness Explorers activity book released around the time of the film as well as in activity experiences at the Disney Theme Parks.

Disney Parks

The Wilderness Explorers are a central focus of activities found at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure and a full Wilderness Explorers experience atDisney's Animal Kingdom. These generally take the form of filling out a Wilderness Explorers Guidebook with stickers representing merit badges.

With the Animal Kingdom version encompassing the whole park, some of the stops for the Wilderness Explorers activity have served as a means of expanding the history of the organization, with a marker in the Maharajah Jungle Trek attraction commemorating a Wilderness Explorers visit taking place in 1912.


See also

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Films: UpDug's Special MissionGeorge and A.J.

Series: Dug Days
Books: Little Golden BookThe Art of Up
Games: Video GameKinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar AdventureDisney Infinity
Music: Soundtrack

Disney Parks
Disney's Explorers LodgeDisney Animation BuildingDisney Friends of the MonthKaribuni MarketplacePixar Pal-A-RoundRedwood Creek Challenge TrailWilderness Explorers (Animal Kingdom)Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise

Entertainment: Pixar Playtime PalsUP! A Great Bird Adventure
Parade: Pixar Play ParadePixar Water Play Street Party!
Firework: Cherish the MemoriesIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightILLUMINATE! A Nighttime CelebrationTogether Forever: A Pixar Nighttime SpectacularWorld of Color

Carl FredricksenEllie FredricksenRussellCharles F. MuntzKevinDugAlphaBeta and GammaKevin's BabiesConstruction Foreman TomConstruction Worker SteveConstruction SupervisorGeorgeA.J.Russell's MotherPuppies
Carl's Childhood HomeCarl's HouseParadise FallsShady Oaks Retirement VillageSpirit of AdventureSouth America
Married LifeThe Spirit of Adventure
See Also
The Science Behind PixarPixar in a BoxWilderness Explorers