This Week in Geographic History, September 19-25

Here’s an advance look at a some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week.  For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. Tuesday, September 20 TDIGH: Megatransect Protects African Wilderness NG Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay’s 1999 expedition documenting biodiversity in the Congo River Basin helped lead … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, September 19-25

The ‘Last Great Race’ Is On

SPORTS Athletes are mushing across the Alaskan wilderness in hopes of becoming top dog in the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (National Geographic News) Read our interview with current Iditarod leader Jeff King to better understand what it takes to win the ‘Last Great Race.’ Discussion Ideas Read through our terrific 2010 article on the Iditarod. What are some of the most difficult obstacles … Continue reading The ‘Last Great Race’ Is On

#GreatNature: Bits of Nature

This blog post was written by Rebecca Bice, former National Geographic Social Media & Promotion Intern. 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  When I think of people who love nature, I think of hikers, mountain bikers, or health nuts. I … Continue reading #GreatNature: Bits of Nature

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