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How a Student-Explorer Team Took Environmental Action From Space

National Geographic Explorer Kim Young, who teaches high school world history, wrote this post. During the summer of 2018, sitting in a small conference room outside Fairbanks, Alaska, I had the opportunity to listen to a team of climate scientists present data they had collected using satellite imagery to gain insight into forest fire patterns. As a medieval world history teacher, much of the conversation … Continue reading How a Student-Explorer Team Took Environmental Action From Space

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Nine Questions With National Geographic Explorer KM Reyes

National Geographic Explorer KM Reyes is a political scientist and conservationist who, through her organization Centre for Sustainability PH (CS), organizes to protect natural environments on the Philippine island of Palawan. Last month, she participated in a special Explorer Classroom session live from National Geographic’s Explorers Festival. Afterward, we caught up with KM to learn more about her background and her work addressing environmental challenges … Continue reading Nine Questions With National Geographic Explorer KM Reyes

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Mythical Cartography: A Creative Way to Foster an Explorer Mindset

If I want to create a dark world of intrigue and evil, how can I communicate that story through mapmaking? What shape might my landforms take? What colors or shading might I select? What fonts and place-names might evoke a sense of danger? Going deeper, how can I connect to cartographic traditions and the human journey while taking a step forward, away from colonial perspectives that linger on some current maps? The possible conversations and lessons here are limitless. Mapmaking can help students develop a sense of responsibility and respect for other people, cultures, and the natural world, thus helping build an Explorer Mindset. Continue reading Mythical Cartography: A Creative Way to Foster an Explorer Mindset

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How Our Arctic-Themed Art Contest Honors Young People’s Calls to Action

National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jennie Warmouth wrote this post. When I traveled to the Arctic Circle as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow in 2019, my students at Spruce Elementary School followed along as I posted photos and stories from the field. For most, these daily snapshots provided a first glimpse into the Arctic’s pristine beauty and magnificent wildlife. My students responded with awe and wonder followed … Continue reading How Our Arctic-Themed Art Contest Honors Young People’s Calls to Action

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Science Below the Surface: Transforming Ocean Learning With 360º Videos

This post was co-written by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jennifer Adler and academic instructional coach Ashleigh Glickley. Adler: It was 9 a.m., and the Florida summer sun had already melted my ChapStick. The air temperature was almost 100°F (38ºC), the parking lot at Blue Heron Bridge was almost full, and I almost threw the 360-degree camera into the ocean, where I’d never have to see … Continue reading Science Below the Surface: Transforming Ocean Learning With 360º Videos