Monkey Bridges For Everyone

Recently, while we were speaking at a conference in Costa Rica, we met an amazing young lady who is working on a cool project with the Kids Saving The Rainforest organization. (You may remember the story we did on them a few weeks ago called Kids Saving The Rainforest!) Anyway, Katra Laidlaw has been working on the Monkey Bridge Project for the last four months. … Continue reading Monkey Bridges For Everyone

Brownfield Blooms

ENVIRONMENT Industrial wastelands sound like grim places but many of them are refuges for fascinating plants. (Guardian) Exotic flowers thrive in nutrient-poor soils, but what are nutrients? Use our resources to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The super-short Guardian article offers some encouraging news about the ecology of brownfields. What are brownfields? … Continue reading Brownfield Blooms

Have Scientists Solved the Mystery of Fairy Circles?

ENVIRONMENT Mysterious fairy circles have long lured mystics and conspiracy theorists to Africa’s Namib Desert. Now, scientists may have cracked the fairy code. (Washington Post) Watch our cool video (and standards-aligned study guide) to learn more about this “desert created by water.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas New research … Continue reading Have Scientists Solved the Mystery of Fairy Circles?

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!

The Power of Poop, the Circle of Life

SCIENCE Marine biologists unravel baleen whales’ remarkable “manuring mechanism”—and secrets of the ocean food web. (NPR) Let our resources fill you in on all you ever wanted to know about marine food webs but were afraid to ask. Discussion Ideas Read the typically terrific article (with illustrations!) by one of my very, very favorite journalists, Bob Krulwich. Then, compare this photo of whale poop with this … Continue reading The Power of Poop, the Circle of Life