Raising an Explorer: Nora Shawki

The National Geographic Explorer, archaeologist, and Egyptologist gives her tips on inspiring children to explore.

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

NORA SHAWKI: Anything with nature was intriguing. In Champaign, Illinois, where I lived until I was seven, I was always in my backyard digging up something. When it would rain, the worms would come up from the mud and it would be so exciting for me. I also liked playing with fireflies. When my family moved to Egypt, I visited the pyramids and the temples. I always liked camping because I wanted to see the landscape and nature. It was about exploring your surroundings and your environment.

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

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