Meet the Adventurers of the Year—and Vote for Your Favorite!

SPORTS For 11 years, National Geographic has combed the globe to find the Adventurers of the Year, each selected for his or her extraordinary achievement in exploration, adventure sports, conservation, or humanitarianism. Get to know this year’s honorees, then vote for the 2016 People’s Choice. (Nat Geo Adventure) Play our game to explore like a Nat Geo adventurer, or get started with the adventure in … Continue reading Meet the Adventurers of the Year—and Vote for Your Favorite!

Tracking the History of Skiing

SPORTS An ancient culture in the Chinese Altay Mountains offers a glimpse of how skiing evolved. (National Geographic Magazine) Use our resources to learn more about the evolution of skiing. Discussion Ideas Look at the map above. Why do you think cultures in Scandinavia and the Altay Mountains developed skiing cultures? How did skiing benefit these communities? According to the Nat Geo magazine article, “[W]hoever … Continue reading Tracking the History of Skiing

Kite-Skiing in the Arctic

Not allowing your children to watch television and forcing them to play outside just might turn them into National Geographic Young Explorers. Brother-sister team Sarah and Eric McNair-Landry are no strangers to the frozen north, having grown up exploring it with their adventurous parents. The duo kite-skied more than 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) across Canada’s Arctic archipelago. Fueled by 200 candy bars, theirs was the … Continue reading Kite-Skiing in the Arctic

Current Event Connection: Afghan Ski Challenge

TRAVEL AND TOURISM Afghan Ski Challenge Promotes Tourism to War-Weary Hindu Kush This article describes the Afghan Ski Challenge, a sports competition that encourages people to visit the rugged slopes of Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush mountain range. Discussion idea: Look at our collection on tourism. What activities or landmarks are featured? What are some popular activities or landmarks in your community? Read through the activity “Creating … Continue reading Current Event Connection: Afghan Ski Challenge