Do you offer any free educational resources?
We offer many free educational resources online.
Start with our National Geographic Education site. This site brings geography, social studies, and science to life for educators, learners, and their families—in and out of the K-12 classroom. The free education resources at NatGeoEd.org harness National Geographic’s iconic media, research, and exploration to support high-quality, standards-based instruction and student-centered learning. The site features multimedia activities, photo and video galleries, a growing reference library, and interactive mapping and collaboration tools. This next-generation site replaces Xpeditions, which is now an archive.
National Geographic Education is also a content partner in Verizon Thinkfinity, a consortium of leading educational organizations that provide free materials to educators and students in all major disciplines.
You can connect with National Geographic Education by signing up for a free, monthly e-newsletter called Education Compass. You can also read the NG Education blog, like its Facebook page, and follow it on Twitter and in the Thinkfinity Community.
If you are looking for map resources, black-and-white outline maps designed especially for printing and copying are available in National Geographic Education’s MapMaker 1-Page Maps tool. Other low- and high-tech interactive mapping tools include the MapMaker Kits, MapMaker Interactive, and FieldScope. The National Geographic Maps site also has satellite, physical, and theme maps.
Through its NG In Your Classroom program, National Geographic Education provides free education outreach materials for National Geographic media, including television shows and specials, films, magazine articles and series, and explorer projects and initiatives.
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 at National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Little Kids. Sign up for National Geographic Kids’ free e-newsletter, Fun For Families. Also check out the National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Extreme Explorer sites.
What other educational resources do you offer?
Subscribe to National Geographic Kids magazine, for ages 6-14. Also check out National Geographic Little Kids magazine, for ages 3-6.
Subscribe to one of our Explorer classroom magazines: National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Young Explorer, and National Geographic Extreme Explorer and get articles, games, and activities in print and online. For information about other National Geographic Learning products for the classroom, visit the National Geographic Learning site.
National Geographic Giant Traveling Maps are entertaining and educationally-powerful tools for introducing geography and map-reading skills to students in Grades K-8. These floor maps of Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and the Pacific Ocean are available for loan during the school year. Each map is accompanied by a complete teacher guide, activities, game props, and educational resources.
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 $1 per copy (as opposed to the regular price of $1.25 per copy). Use this form to subscribe with the special educator rate.
Every month, the National Geographic magazine site has free, multimedia-rich features, photo galleries, interactive maps, and more.
Where can I find information on Geography Awareness Week?
Geography Awareness Week (GAWeek), celebrated annually during the third week of November, is an awareness program focused on highlighting the importance of geo-literacy and geo-education. A new theme for each year is announced in midsummer and accompanied by related online resources and activities, which are then available year-round. Find events for school, home, and the community at the Geography Awareness Week page.
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.
Will a National Geographic expert speak to my class or at our event?
National Geographic has a Speakers Bureau through which you can identify guest lecturers and make arrangements for them to appear at special events.
National Geographic Live Student Matinees offer students in the United States and Canada entertaining and visually spectacular presentations by leading explorers, scientists, filmmakers, and photographers. Visit the webpage for specific program information about student matinees in the cities where they are presented.
What are other ways I can get involved with National Geographic’s education efforts?Speak Up for Geography! Make your voice heard by supporting the Teaching Geography Is Fundamental (TGIF) Act. Join the over 14,000 people who have already sent letters to Congress supporting federal legislation that would authorize grants to universities and nonprofit organizations for programs to expand geographic literacy among American students and improve the teaching of geography at the K-12 level.
Participate in the National Geographic Society/National Park Service BioBlitz. A BioBlitz is a 24-hour event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible. National Geographic is helping conduct a BioBlitz in a different national park each year during the decade leading up to the U.S. National Park Service Centennial in 2016. Visit National Geographic Education’s BioBlitz Education page for educational resources that help students practice skills that scientists use in the field.
Join our Network of Alliances for Geographic Education, a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting geographic education. Alliances are partnerships between university faculty and K-12 educators. These state-based organizations connect educators, provide world-class professional development, and promote educational innovation at the state and local levels. Join your state’s alliance today!
Visit National Geographic Education’s Get Involved page for additional information about ways to participate with the Society’s education efforts.