Frequently Asked Questions

Teacher Resources

Do you offer any free educational resources?

We offer many free educational resources online.

Start with our Education site. This site puts the National Geographic Society's best geography, science, history, and social studies educational resources at your fingertips. Every week, National Geographic features interactive online activities, free downloadable maps, educational opportunities, and award-winning products designed to support the classroom teacher. Parents and homeschoolers, too, make use of these resources. The searchable site allows visitors to indicate a grade level and subject area for resources tailored to specific needs.

Lesson plans (geography standards-based and searchable by keyword, subject, or grade level) can be found on our Xpeditions site. Xpeditions is also a member of the Verizon Thinkfinity education consortium, which also includes premier organizations in several disciplines: arts, economics, humanities, math, reading and language arts, science, and geography.

Black-and-white outline maps designed especially for printing and copying are available in the Xpeditions Atlas. The online MapMachine also has satellite, physical, and theme maps.

Have your students test their geography knowledge and practice for the National Geographic Bee with the GeoBee Challenge.

Find online games, activities, stories, experiments, and much more, and subscribe to National Geographic Kids magazine, at National Geographic Kids. Also check out National Geographic Little Kids.

Subscribe to our classroom magazine, National Geographic Explorer, and get articles, games, and activities in print and online.

For information about School Publishing products for the classroom, visit our Teacher Store or call 800 368 2728.

Join National Geographic's free online Education Network (EdNet) and you'll automatically receive our free monthly education newsletter, "Education Update," by email. Each one is packed with timesaving tools: lesson plans, news reports, and exclusive EdNet resources and opportunities. As an EdNet member, you can also take advantage of the lowest magazine subscription rate offered by National Geographic.

Can I get free or discounted National Geographic magazines for my classroom?

Although National Geographic does not currently have a program that offers classroom sets, as an educator you qualify for the educational discount price of $3 per copy (as opposed to the regular price of $6 per copy) if you choose to purchase a number of past issues of the magazine. To do that, please call 800 777 2800.

Educators can subscribe to National Geographic magazine at a discounted rate of $12 a year through our online Education Network (EdNet).

EdNet's National Geographic Magazine Community also has free classroom companions, lesson plans, and other resources for each issue of the magazine.

Every month, the National Geographic magazine website has multimedia-rich features, photo galleries, interactive maps, and more.

Subscribe to one of our classroom magazines, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Young Explorer, and National Geographic Extreme Explorer and get articles, games, and activities in print and online.

Where can I find information on the Geography Action! program or Geography Awareness Week?

Geography Action! is an annual awareness program designed to educate and excite people about our natural, cultural, and historic treasures. Each year we celebrate a different physical or cultural geography topic.

Geography Awareness Week is the third week in November. Find events for school, home, and the community through Geography Action!

How can I register my school or learn more about the National Geographic Bee?

The National Geographic Bee geography competition is held every year. Get more information and learn how to register on the Bee site or call +1 202 828 6659.

My school/church is looking for donations for a charity auction. Can National Geographic help?

As a private, nonprofit educational organization, we depend on the sales of our publications to fund our work in the areas of geography education and scientific research. Unfortunately, this does not allow us to provide complimentary magazines or other materials in response to the thousands of requests we receive each year.

Will a National Geographic expert speak to my class or at our event?

National Geographic has a Speakers Bureau though which you can identify guest lecturers and make arrangements for them to appear at special events.

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