Cartography Comes Alive by Xplorer Maps - A Storytelling Event
Cartography Comes Alive by Xplorer Maps - A Storytelling Event

Introducing Cartography Comes Alive, an exciting event series proudly brought to you by Xplorer Maps and hosted by Mandela Leola van Eeden, our Lead Storyteller and the charismatic host of The Trail Less Traveled.

Join us at Xplorer Maps' brand-new brick-and-mortar world headquarters for the inaugural celebration, where we'll explore the profound connection between people and place.

Each month (excluding July and August), Cartography Comes Alive will host extraordinary explorers, captivating storytellers, and knowledgeable educators. They will share their incredible tales with fellow adventure seekers, travel enthusiasts, national park aficionados, and history buffs. Be sure to secure your spot early, as seating is limited at this one-of-a-kind event that promises to bring maps to life in a way you've never experienced before!

FREE EVENT - Due to limited seating, we encourage early arrival to secure your place at this unique and inspiring experience!

This event is open to all ages, and we especially encourage children to attend with their parents. Prepare to be inspired and empowered.

March  20th, 2024 5:30-7 PM

Mandela van Eeden

Join us for our March presentation as Mandela Leola van Eeden shares her remarkable experience of swimming 225 miles through the Grand Canyon during the pandemic. Limited seating is available, so be sure to arrive early to secure your spot for this unforgettable adventure.

Mandela, an esteemed expedition lead leader and guide in the Grand Canyon, will transport you from the depths of the Colorado River to the corridors of the White House, weaving tales of whitewater thrills, biodiversity wonders, and ongoing conservation efforts to protect the Grand Canyon from expanded uranium mining. This presentation is open to adventurers of all ages, promising an immersive experience into the heart of nature's beauty and resilience.

Growing up amidst the diverse landscapes of South Africa, Montana, and various destinations worldwide, Mandela developed a profound passion for wildlife conservation and cultural exploration. Her journey from radio host to international adventurer and yoga instructor has shaped her unique perspective on the world, enriching her storytelling with insights from Aboriginal anthropology to whitewater rafting.

Don't miss this chance to embark on a virtual expedition that promises both excitement and valuable life lessons.

May 15, 2024

5:30-7 PM


Cartography Comes Alive on May 15 will feature Jon Turk, a renowned explorer recognized as one of the Top Ten Adventurers of the Year by National Geographic. He is known for his incredible storytelling abilities that bring fascinating adventures to life. At this event, he will present a captivating presentation on Exploring in the Footsteps of the Ancients. As a professional adventurer, Jon thought it would further his career if he could paddle across the Pacific Ocean in a standard, off-the-shelf kayak.  Halfway through the expedition, he met Moolynaut, the Koryak shaman, and Kutcha the Raven messenger. My life, seeking high adventure, only intensified, but the essence of the journeys assumed exciting new meanings and focus.  In this presentation, we will retrace daring journeys across oceans and ice fields, Exploring in the Footsteps of the Ancients.