Where Are Europe’s Fairytale Forests?

ENVIRONMENT Dense clusters of old-growth forests exist in patches of the Amazon basin, Southeast Asia, and the Arctic taiga. Slivers of Europe are still luxuriant with trees, too, and very old ones at that. But they’re dwindling. (Atlas Obscura) What does Europe’s land cover look like? Use our map layer to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s … Continue reading Where Are Europe’s Fairytale Forests?

Iceland Is Growing New Forests for the First Time in 1,000 Years

ENVIRONMENT Within a few centuries, Iceland became “among the worst examples in the world of deforestation.” Today, the Icelandic Forest Service has taken on the mammoth task of bringing back the woodlands. (National Geographic) Use today’s simple MapMaker Interactive map to help students understand land-use patterns in Iceland. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including a link … Continue reading Iceland Is Growing New Forests for the First Time in 1,000 Years

12 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org. This week, we learned … … that breakfast is not the most important meal of the day.   … how a secret forest grew without anyone noticing.   … that railway stations are the architecture of democracy, and airports are just out-of-town sheds.   … how Silicon Valley is reimagining … Continue reading 12 Things We Learned This Week!

‘Bigfoot’ Spotted in Yellowstone?

ENVIRONMENT Our favorite lumbering ape-man, Bigfoot, has been spotted again—this time, hanging out near bison in Yellowstone National Park, according to a new video. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to learn more about cryptozoology. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Queue the video up to about 2:55 and look behind the bison to see what all … Continue reading ‘Bigfoot’ Spotted in Yellowstone?