Raising an Explorer: Diego Pol

The National Geographic Explorer and paleontologist gives his tips on inspiring children to explore.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FAMILY: How did you explore as a child?

DIEGO POL: For the first five years of my life, I grew up in a small town in central Argentina where I had lots of nature around. I was able to walk out and see frogs and snakes and bugs. Then I moved to Buenos Aires. I missed being out in nature, so I found it in parks. I remember reading about animals in Africa. I went outside and I didn’t see any giraffes or lions, and I wanted to understand why they aren’t here, and what species are here? And I remember feeling that I might be on the verge of discovering something really cool.

NGF: Why do you think it’s important for children to explore?

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