In the pantheon of adventure travel pioneers, Lars-Eric Lindblad is a name writ large. He founded Lindblad Travel in 1958, and was among the first to open up the majesty and mysteries of the wilderness to the intrepid. These days, his son Sven runs an offshoot of the company called Lindblad Expeditions – an all-cruise, luxury-adrenaline outfit – and this summer it celebrates the first citizen expedition to the Galápagos (led by Lars-Eric himself) by launching National Geographic Global Explorers (expeditions.com; from $6,960 per adult for a 10-day itinerary) – a portfolio of environment-focused family expeditions, on its two ships based on those islands. The remit: to foster the next generation of wilderness enthusiasts and conservationists. The content: serious stuff for kids and adults alike, from fieldwork sessions (run by certified NatGeo field educators) to documentary video training to earning one’s junior Zodiac “driving licence”.