What Does the Ocean Mean to You? To Two Young Explorers, It Means the World

On this World Oceans Day, the National Geographic Society is thrilled to announce the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Ocean Challenge, an opportunity for youth co-hosted in partnership with Esri. Creating a StoryMap can empower young people to learn about the ocean, build their storytelling skills, and help protect our “beautiful big blue,” as National Geographic Young Explorer Gabby Tan calls it. Read on for a conversation about the ocean with Gabby, who is from Malaysia, and fellow Young Explorer Ben Somerville, who has lived his whole life by the ocean in the Cayman Islands. Continue reading What Does the Ocean Mean to You? To Two Young Explorers, It Means the World

Interns or Changemakers? These Bright Students Are Both

The National Geographic Society is thrilled to welcome 18 driven, talented, and compassionate interns this month. The academic achievements of our 2021 intern class are equaled only by their commitment to effecting positive change in their communities and the world at large. Continue reading Interns or Changemakers? These Bright Students Are Both

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Revisit History in Our Virtual Field Trip

Our history is made up of stories, but there are stories from our past that have been silenced—sometimes for centuries. In order to fully understand our present, we must reckon with our past. The National Geographic Virtual Field Trip: Revisiting History focused on difficult but critical moments in history, specifically the systemic racism against Black communities in the United States. Originally airing on June 9, … Continue reading Revisit History in Our Virtual Field Trip

Why we are collecting #BothAndStories from educators this week

At National Geographic, our mission is centered on storytelling and education, as well as science and exploration. As a year like no other begins to wind down, we are creating a space for educators to share their stories via an interactive story map. The name Both/And stems from the tensions this last year brought to so many of us – strength and struggle, hope and healing. We know this has been especially true for educators who have been on the frontlines of the pandemic. We’ve seen you work tirelessly to support your students and school communities, and we are humbled to share our platform with you to document this moment. We’ve also timed this project with Teacher Appreciation Week here in the US, because the best way to show our appreciation is to honor your stories and invite others to read and reflect on them. Continue reading Why we are collecting #BothAndStories from educators this week

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Next Virtual Field Trip Stop: The Deep Blue

The ocean is our planet’s life support system. It covers over 70 percent of Earth’s surface, supplies over half its oxygen, and shelters an incredible diversity of life. To gear up to celebrate Earth Day, the National Geographic Society hosted a virtual field trip on April 21 at 1 p.m. ET. The program is now available to watch on-demand on YouTube! In this virtual field … Continue reading Next Virtual Field Trip Stop: The Deep Blue