|“||Dragon Explorers? Here? Soon? Great. A bunch of kids invading the island.||”|
|— Snotlout in "Loyal Order of Ingerman"|
|“||The Dragon Explorers are not just kids. They're our future Dragon Riders.||”|
Though not specifically stated, it is likely that Fishlegs created the Dragon Explorers for children as his tendency toward education and teaching has been seen in other places in the Franchise. The Explorers learn about each dragon species through the earning of "badges". Badges are kept in a small notebook each Explorer carries. The "Gronckle" badge is the highest badge that can be earned. Explorers may go on field trips or camp outs, as seen in "Loyal Order of Ingerman". The children typically learn about respect for dragons and information about each species, in preparation to their future with dragons.
- The Dragon Explorers are inspired by modern day scout troops like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.