In environmental education, we often use stories to connect our audiences to the animals and messages we are presenting. My recent expedition to the Galápagos Islands taught me that stories can transcend generations and ignite change. Sometimes all it takes is a single word—a word that is so powerful it cuts straight to your heart. In Galápagos, that word is “lonesome.” Continue reading Strategy Share: The Power of Storytelling for Conservation
Sarah Navarro, this week’s Educator of the Week, is the curriculum development manager at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. She guided students in a BioBlitz investigating the local flora and fauna. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Close-Up View of the Zoo
SCIENCE Now that Washington, D.C.’s panda has surprised the world with twin cubs, zoo staff are working ’round the clock to help the babies through their first fragile weeks of life. (Nat Geo News) Learn about pandas from Nat Geo Kids, then click on China in our “GIS in Action” interactive to learn more about the threats they face. Teachers, scroll down for a quick … Continue reading Panda Twins Face 4 Big Threats to Survival
Guest bloggers Dr. Alex Oberle and Mollie Ullestad represent the Geographic Alliance of Iowa (GAI), a National Geographic-supported organization that works to advance geography education in Iowa. Alex is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Northern Iowa and the Coordinator for the GAI. Mollie is a Geography Education student at the University of Northern Iowa and the Undergraduate Research Assistant for the … Continue reading Big Cats, Zoos, and Kid Explorers
What do your kids usually notice when visiting the zoo? Are they awed by the orangutans? Do they shriek when the lions roar and giggle while the sea lions play? The zoo is certainly a lot of fun, and that makes it a great tool for teaching kids (and parents!) about conservation! Experiencing animals safely up close is a wonderful way to learn about them, … Continue reading Kids Summer Mission Animal Rescue Challenge!