National Geographic Explorer
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Warlords of Ivory
Photograph by Jim Ginty, MyShot
Trafficking Poached Ivory
Discover how smugglers move poached ivory from Africa to the Chinese market.
Legend of the Monkey God
NG Studios/Joe Bender
For 20 years Steve Elkins has been exploring Mosquitia, the largest untouched rain forest in Central America. Ever since Columbus landed here on the coast of Honduras, legends swirled of a white city buried inland. Many men lost themselves in the 34,00 square miles of tangled jungle, searching amidst jaguars and swarming insects for the fabled treasures and secrets.
Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavations
An explanation of the technology being used in professor Aren Maeir’s archaeological work at Tell es-Safi.
Archaeology is the study of the human past using material remains. These remains can be any objects that people created, modified, or used.
Egyptologist: Dr. Sarah Parcak
Sarah Parcak has spent most of her career in Egypt, excavating countless ruins. Satellite imagery has helped her discover even more.
Bill Nye's Global Meltdown
Photograph by Brian Skerry, National Geographic
The November 2015
Global warming describes the current rise in the average temperature of Earth’s air and ocean. Global warming is often described as the most recent example of climate change.
Climate change is a long-term shift in global or regional climate patterns. Often climate change refers specifically to the rise in global temperatures from the mid 20th century to present.
Cult of Mary
Photograph by Nick Midwig, National Geographic Studios
Despite being the most depicted mother in history, very little is known about Mary. In this episode, Explorer travels to Jerusalem, Nazareth and Ephesus, Turkey, to investigate the historic story of Mary—from the mythology to the cultural phenomenon.
Activities and Map
Mapping Jerusalem's Old City
Students learn about and create their own map of Jerusalem’s Old City after watching excerpts from the film Jerusalem.
Introduction to Europe's Languages & Religions
Students discuss their ideas about what makes a group, group conflict when in the same regions, and the religions and languages present in Europe.
Battle for Virunga
Photograph by Tony Gerber, National Geographic Studios
Reporting from Virunga National Park in Africa’s Democratic Republic of Congo, correspondent Justin Hall meets park director Emmanuelle de Merode and veteran park ranger Innocent Mburanumwe. He interviews them about the rebel groups and militias roaming the park’s jungles, the slaughter of its protected species, the Western oil giants seeking to extract its vast resources and the park rangers who have been hurt in the line of duty. Hall also investigates a band of militants, who consider poaching critical to their survival and claim to have the park and its people’s best interests in mind.
Amazonia: The Human Impact
This collection of activities, case studies, and interactive maps provides students with a holistic picture of the current state of the Amazon rain forest.
Battle for the Elephants
Find our collection of educator resources about elephants and the illicit trade that is undermining their future.
Conservation is the practice of caring for these resources so all living things can benefit from them now and in the future.
Analyzing the Distribution of Vegetation Zones and Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park
Students use a map to analyze and contrast variations in abiotic factors at three locations within Virunga National Park and explain how these factors influence the distribution of vegetation zones.