Educator Spotlight: Discovering the Power of National Parks

  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

15 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 … … the Mariana Trench is so deep, you can hear earthquakes above you.   … Mongolia is changing all its addresses to three-word phrases. (is.this.future?)   … ships are too big.   … the problem with professional development.   … the most sophisticated science lab … Continue reading 15 Things We Learned This Week!

(Some of the) Best of BioBlitz!

We just wrapped up another brilliant BioBlitz! As of 10 p.m. Saturday, the good folks at iNaturalist list the totals at 6,274 observations, 961 species counted, and 433 (human) participants. So what was blitzed?  Click here to see the latest updates! Most observed critters? birds What birds? mallard ducks, American robins, Canada geese What insects? eastern tiger swallowtail butterflies, six-spotted tiger beetles, seven-spotted ladybirds What … Continue reading (Some of the) Best of BioBlitz!

Educator Spotlight: Creating Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Education

The following post was written by Alex Oberle, a geography professor at the University of Northern Iowa and the coordinator for the Geographic Alliance of Iowa. Kailyn Bettle, this week’s Educator of the Week, is creating a curriculum that shares the power of national parks and supports more than 700 students in Iowa bioblitzes. Kailyn is a teacher education student at the University of Northern … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Creating Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Education

Drought Forces Zimbabwe to Sell Animals

WORLD If you’re in the market for purchasing wildlife, you could get a good deal in Zimbabwe. The drought-racked country has put its wild animals up for sale in a bid to ease financial pressure on its national parks. (International Business Times) Learn a little about droughts with our “Droughts 101” video. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ … Continue reading Drought Forces Zimbabwe to Sell Animals