Mission:Explore, Intern Style

Today I decided to unleash my inner geographer. With a little help from Mission:Explore, the partner for this year’s Geography Awareness Week program, I embarked on a mission to discover the geography of my community. Mission: Explore offers more than 20 imaginative missions that Geography Awareness Week explorers can complete to earn badges in the categories of mapping, storytelling, photography, and taking action. I chose … Continue reading Mission:Explore, Intern Style

MISSION: Explore the Adventure in Your Community

When: Nov 02, 2011 07:00pm ET – Nov 02, 2011 08:00pm ETWho: Daniel Raven-Ellison from The Geography Collective, London, UKWhere: Click this link to register! What: This opportunity is in the form of a webinar (virtual classroom/discussion) in which Daniel Raven-Ellison, partner for National Geographic Education Mission:Explore project, will join us from London for a live presentation about this year’s Geography Awareness Week Theme: “The … Continue reading MISSION: Explore the Adventure in Your Community

Mission:Explore–Endangered Geographies

earth_sandwich.pngMy roommate, another National Geographic Education staffer, first introduced me to the Geography Collective about a year ago. An artist who does a good deal of graphic design work for our group, she was enamored with the playful design of the website. We both fell in love with the Collective’s revolutionary approach to engaging kids in real-world learning through “guerrilla geography,” and pledged that if we ever decided to pick up and move to the U.K., we’d see if we could join them.

kid_hole.jpgYou can imagine my excitement when Daniel Raven-Ellison, a member of the Collective, contacted me a few months later to see how we might collaborate “across the pond” on our respective geography campaigns. He was in the process of releasing a new book called Mission:Explore, a geography “training manual” with 102 missions challenging kids to (re)discover our world, and was looking for opportunities to spread the word. I couldn’t think of a better forum than the blog!

Read on for more about Mission:Explore and the Geography Collective, and stay tuned for future collaborative projects with National Geographic Education. Next Mission: Geography Awareness Week. Daniel and I are working on a series of freshwater missions (I might even become an honorary member of the Collective)!

Endangered Geographies
Now is a very exciting and rich time to be a geographer. Opportunities for us as professionals and as a field of study are developing at lightening speed. We  have a better knowledge and are more equipped than ever to understand a wide range of social, economic, and environmental issues empowering humanity as never before. Yet, in my view, there are many ways in which the potential of geography is under threat.

In this blog post I am going to outline five of these threats.

Threat 1 – Children’s Physical Geographies

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