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How a team of fifth graders is helping to clean up New York’s Hudson River

This post highlights the 2018-19 GeoChallenge nationals winners, The Navigators: Natanel Rozic, Jeremiah Pierre, Alex Jun, and Victor Jimenez  Students in grades four through eight can tackle real-world issues just like National Geographic Explorers by participating in the National Geographic GeoChallenge. Teams between four and six students engage in a project-based, multilevel competition focused on developing creative solutions to today’s urgent environmental problems. Those with the … Continue reading How a team of fifth graders is helping to clean up New York’s Hudson River

Niagara Falls Never Freezes Over

ENVIRONMENT Despite sensational media reports, the falls aren’t going to freeze solid. (National Geographic) Download and print your own coloring page of Niagara Falls. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas What is Niagara Falls? Take a look at today’s MapMaker Interactive map, as well as the “case study” in our … Continue reading Niagara Falls Never Freezes Over

Geography Awareness Week: Honoring a Forgotten Slave Cemetery

UNITED STATES Students and educators who discovered a slave burial site at a Bronx park are working to have a marker placed, delivering belated recognition to early New Yorkers. (New York Times) The Hunts Point Slave Burial Ground Project has a fantastic, standards-aligned curriculum. This citizen science project is a perfect example of the Geography of Civil Rights—this year’s Geography Awareness Week theme. Teachers, scroll … Continue reading Geography Awareness Week: Honoring a Forgotten Slave Cemetery

#GreatNature: Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road?

This blog post was written by former National Geographic Education Intern, Livia Mazur. We’re sharing National Geographic staff and friends’ stories about nature to celebrate the Great Nature Project. To share your own nature photos of plants and animals with National Geographic, visit greatnatureproject.org.  It was a normal summer evening in my life as a busy New Yorker. I had spent all day in the … Continue reading #GreatNature: Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road?

The Woods Are Lovely, Dark and Deep

ENVIRONMENT Should wilderness areas be reserved for quiet recreation like canoeing, rafting and hiking? Or should they also be open to cars, motorboats and Jet Skis? It is a debate that has long torn at the Adirondacks, and it revolves around an invisible entity: noise. (New York Times) Use our resources to better understand protected wilderness areas, and scroll down to vote on how you’d … Continue reading The Woods Are Lovely, Dark and Deep