Outdoor Classroom Day is May 17, and we put the call out to National Geographic Certified Educators to give us their favorite outdoor activities and teaching resources. In addition to this awesome library of outdoor lessons, materials, and partner activities, here are seven ways our certified educators get their classes outside. Jacqueline Dukes | All Ages One of my favorite outdoor activities is Sports Day … Continue reading 7 Outdoor Classroom Day Tips from National Geographic Certified Educators
The following post was written by Kailyn Bettle, an undergraduate research assistant for the Geographic Alliance of Iowa at the University of Northern Iowa. Katie Shelton, this week’s Educator of the Week, works to show students that they can appreciate and advocate for the environment around them. Katie serves as the naturalist for the Blackhawk County Conservation Board in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she heads … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Dirty Hands for Inspired Hearts
Sara Plowman, this week’s Educator of the Week, has been a special education teacher for 11 years. She believes in the importance of outdoor experiential education to help students actively observe, experience, and question the world around them. Sara teaches science at Millennium High School and Piedmont Middle School in Piedmont, California. Who or what inspired you to teach? My first classroom of students inspired … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Spot the Species
Jason Verhaeghe, this week’s Educator of the Week, is developing the next generation of stewards for national parks. Jason is the education specialist at the Klondike Gold Rush National Park in Skagway, Alaska. What does it mean to be education specialist at the Klondike Gold Rush National Park, and what inspires you to do that work? It’s my responsibility to oversee youth education programs, so during the … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Discovering the Power of National Parks
The following post was written by Kailyn Bettle, an undergraduate research assistant for the Geographic Alliance of Iowa at the University of Northern Iowa. Alex Oberle, this week’s Educator of the Week, finds creative ways to get more people excited about geography and science—from using university mascots to raise awareness about the plight of big cats to supporting virtual national park experiences. At the moment, … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Get Your Students Outside!