Meet the Adventurers of the Year—and Vote for Your Favorite!

SPORTS For 11 years, National Geographic has combed the globe to find the Adventurers of the Year, each selected for his or her extraordinary achievement in exploration, adventure sports, conservation, or humanitarianism. Get to know this year’s honorees, then vote for the 2016 People’s Choice. (Nat Geo Adventure) Play our game to explore like a Nat Geo adventurer, or get started with the adventure in … Continue reading Meet the Adventurers of the Year—and Vote for Your Favorite!

Which Cities Are Fossil-Fuel Free?

ENVIRONMENT Across the globe, cities are tackling climate change by shifting away from fossil fuels. Yet a survey shows they’re now at very different stages. (Nat Geo News) See how difficult it is to balance a city’s energy portfolio. You have the power! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas According to … Continue reading Which Cities Are Fossil-Fuel Free?

Fishy Situation

ENVIRONMENT Thousands of goldfish have taken over a lake in Colorado. (Boulder Camera) Get an introduction to invasive species with our activity. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Read through our activity “Introduction to Invasive Species.” Apply its questions to the fish in Teller Lake. What type of fish are “taking over” Teller Lake? Trick … Continue reading Fishy Situation

Media Monday: 5 Ways to Celebrate Citizen Science at Birthday Parties

A couple years ago, I celebrated a milestone birthday at the 2012 BioBlitz.  The BioBlitz took place at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. I’d never been to that part of the U.S. before, and exploring the park was the best way to get a feel for the Rockies. I’ll never forget looking out at the mountains, seeing elk wander in the woods, and learning first-hand how … Continue reading Media Monday: 5 Ways to Celebrate Citizen Science at Birthday Parties

Mixed Results on Fracking Initiatives

POLITICS Voters in three Colorado cities and one in Ohio passed ballot measures this week banning or temporarily halting fracking within their borders. Another Colorado suburb rejected the moratorium by just 13 votes. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to better understand fracking. Discussion Ideas “Fracking” is the nickname for the process of hydraulic fracturing. Watch our “media spotlight” video on “How Hydraulic Fracturing Works.” … Continue reading Mixed Results on Fracking Initiatives