welcome to explore4knowledge®

Founded by multi-award winning conservationist John Lucas in 2011, we are proud to announce that with the restructuring of e4k as a NPC in 2017 we will be launching a new website
to not only showcase our work, but transport you into the field with our team.

In the interim please feel free to contact us directly for a company overview or visual presentation, our contact details are listed below.

explore4knowledge®, e4k® – Education Through Adventure®

Founded by John Lucas, explore4knowledge® has been promoting syllabus based holistic learning through environmental education activation and expeditions across Southern Africa since 2011. These multi-award winning workshops, mobile classrooms, camps and expeditions have not only reached over 15 000 students in a sustainable manner across various socio economic boundaries (2011-2015), but have become a benchmark in promoting the pursuit of exploration in the fields of Geography, Biology and Science.

By focusing on promoting Education Through Adventure®, e4k® has been able to make these fields relevant to the current generation and through using citizen science tools, partnering with industry leaders, corporate sponsors and private donors they have been able to bridge the gap between science and education at a grassroots level.

We invite you to join us in the field working alongside various community groups at a grassroots level or allowing us to host your students through our Educational Expeditions™ program.


“I am what I am because of who we all are” – (u·bun·tu) ubuntu

At e4k® we believe that the proud African Tradition of UBUNTU is more revenant today than ever before, especially when focusing on the protection of our natural heritage both locally in South Africa and Globally.

As much as we are people though the collective actions of other people, so is the current state we find our planets natural resources in a direct effect of the collective action of us as a people and we believe that through empowering individuals with knowledge and experiences we are not only able to empower communities, but protect our natural heritage for future generations in doing so.

So we invite you to join us on one of our citizen science orientated, syllabus aligned Environmental Education workshops, programs, camps or expeditions managed alongside our various network partners. We will not only open your eyes to the seemingly insignificant, but through our holistic sensory approach we will transport you from your classroom into our outdoor classroom.

Through focusing on the need to promote geographical exploration, biological understanding and scientific discovery we ensure your students from ECD to Tertiary level will not only experience conservation in a unique setting, but will become advocates for nature as a precious commodity. Our team also focuses on Educating Educators enabling them better understand tropics such as Water Conservation, Food Security, Zero To Landfill and Climate Change ensuring all are able to work together to collectively ensure a conservation legacy for future generations.


“a journey or voyage undertaken by a group of people with a particular purpose, especially that of exploration, scientific research, or war.” ~ (ex·pe·di·tion) expedition

Our #e4kExpeditons not only encourage the pursuit of geographic exploration to document biological observations for the enhancement of field science, but they are the essence of what explore4knowledge® was build on by our founder. Our expeditions encompass all that we are and despite being one of the four pillars that form e4k® it aims to showcase all of the pillars at one. Be it navigating the imaginary lines of forgotten rivers, polluted coastlines or crumbling contours on a copy of a historic map our vision is to highlight the plight of critical resources and climate change with every expedition.
Though we will not be along in doing so, with assess to over 1 million students across South Africa we encourage participatory learning and citizen science in every town we pass through and for those we can not directly meet we encourage you to follow our expeditions though VR or the Documentary Films produced by our dedicated team.

Our expeditions are more than just an adventure, they are there to tell stories that can not be told otherwise and inspire the next generation to conserve and protect the inherit beauty of the planet by going outside to explore outside their front doors.

explore4knowledge educational outcomes

Awareness: #HopeForHeritage

Annually South Africa Celebrates Heritage Day though our founder believes it has shifted its focus to becoming a Braai Day instead about celebrating our Cultural and more importantly our Natural Heritage.
For this reason the #HopeForHeritage campaign was designed to annually celebrate a different aspect of our Natural Heritage. In 2017 the first campaign was managed to celebrate #HopeSpots a initiative envisioned by Sylvia A. Earle as part of her 2009 TED Wish in partnership with ROLEX and managed by Mission Blue, to raise the number of marine protected areas globally from 6% to 20% by 2020.
We invite you to join us on part one of what is to become a annual Heritage Day Campaign managed by #e4k.

Support Our Work

We are proud of the partnerships we have with our partners and sponsors, many of whom have been us since day 1.
Though we are always grateful for any support we can receive.
For this reason, we have formed the #e4kDream division to explore4knowledge®.
If you, your business or school would like to assist us with fund raising for our education programs.
If you would like to donate to one of our fundraisers to purchases additional equipment or if you simply want to donate some of your old apple products to our non-for-profit we truly appreciate all the help we can get.
Feel free to contact John Lucas through the links below.

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about our work across Southern Africa or are considering approaching us to form some sort of partnership with regards to our work, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are open to working with any organisations to promote the plight of Fresh Water on the African Continent.
For Press, Sponsorship or Partnership related enquiries please feel to email John Lucas though the link below.
To have us speak at your school, corporate event or be part of our programs please do the same.
Alternatively, please follow us across all social media pages.

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+27 82 596 8517

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Cape Town, South Africa

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