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Ocean Plastics

Ocean Plastics  

Watch: Grades 5-12
Plastic debris is collecting in our oceans at a rapid pace and harming sea life.  National Geographic explorer Heather Koldewey shares practical solutions for cleaning up waterways and motivating the world to take action.

Ocean Acidification and Coral Reefs

Ocean Acidification and Coral Reefs  

Read: Grades 6-10
The Philippines have invested in marine protected areas (MPAs) to conserve their coral reefs. But MPAs cannot protect against ocean acidification.

Northern Luzon giant cloud rat (Phloeomys pallidus) photographed at the Plzen Zoo in Plzen, Czech Republic.

Northern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat  

Read: Grades 5-8
The northern Luzon giant cloud rat is a rodent endemic to the Island of Luzon in the Philippines

A Bornean bearded pig (Sus barbatus) taken at Zoo Taiping.

Bornean Bearded Pig  

Read: Grades 6-12
Facial hair and an elongated snout make the Bornean bearded pig hard to forget.

Islands

Islands  

Read: Grades 5-12
Learn about islands around the globe with this gallery of imagery taken from Earth-orbiting satellites

Human and Environmental Impacts of Volcanic Ash

Human and Environmental Impacts of Volcanic Ash  

Read: Grades 5-12
Volcanic ash is made of tiny fragments of jagged rock, minerals, and volcanic glass. In 1991, Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines spreading ash far and wide.

Walking Catfish

Walking Catfish  

Read: Grades 4-12
Weird, but true! Some fish can walk on land!

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park on the island of Java (Jawa), Indonesia, is home to several active volcanoes, which can be seen here smoking ominously against a blue sky.

Ring of Fire  

Read: Grades 5-8
The Ring of Fire is a path along the Pacific Ocean characterized by active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. The majority of Earth’s volcanoes and earthquakes take place along the Ring of Fire.

Explorer Profile: Hannah Reyes Morales

Explorer Profile: Hannah Reyes Morales  

Hannah Reyes Morales is a Filipina photojournalist whose work focuses on individuals mired in complex situations created by inequality, poverty, and impunity. She has photographed human trafficking at sea for the New York Times, reported on war crimes against Cambodians for Al Jazeera America, and documented changing indigenous cultures in the Philippines with a grant from the National Geographic Society. She is currently based in Manila and travels around South East Asia.

Two farmers tend to their crops in a farm on a mountain side in the Philippines.

Kahoot: Philippines  

Test your knowledge of Philippines with this fun Kahoot!

Seismographs are machines used to measure movements and vibrations travelling through the ground, and can detect earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other seismic events.

Citizen Science  

Classifying seismic signals can be challenging because each signal is unique. Help us classify the seismograms into whether they contain a seismic signal or not. If they contain a seismic signal, help us classify whether the signal is from an earthquake or from tremor.

Filipinos perform the traditional 'Tinikling' dance outside the Cultural Center of the Philippines (ccp) in Manila, Philippines in July 2010.

Learn the Tinikling Dance  

Dance: Grades K-12
Tinikling is the national dance of the Philippines. Try it!

Trash overflows a trash and recycling bins.

GeoChallenge: Home Edition | Middle School Guide  

The planet is at a crossroads and it needs your help. We face complex environmental threats like greenhouse gases, ocean plastic pollution, and biodiversity loss. Take part in the The National Geographic Global Plastics GeoChallenge and learn, design, and create a solution to prevent or reduce plastic pollution in your community with a virtual team, or tackle the challenge on your own.

Image of a hermit crab crawling across the beach with a plastic shell.

GeoChallenge: Home Edition | High School Guide  

The planet is at a crossroads and it needs your help. We face complex environmental threats like greenhouse gases, ocean plastic pollution, and biodiversity loss. Take part in the The National Geographic Global Plastics GeoChallenge and learn, design, and create a solution to prevent or reduce plastic pollution in your community with a virtual team, or tackle the challenge on your own.

Ifugao Province, Luzon Island, Philippines

Philippines  

Read and Explore: Grades K-5
Photos, fun facts, wildlife, natural resources, maps and to more - to explore Philippines.

A school of colorful fish gather by a rock formation in the Pacific Ocean.

Ocean Habitat  

Read and Explore: Grades K-5
From outer space Earth looks like an awesome blue marble. That’s because most of Earth’s surface—more than 70 percent—is covered by oceans.

A plastic bag floats near a lion fish (Pterois volitans) in the ocean. Plastic polution in the ocean has become an increasingly pressing global problem as humans' dependence on single use plastic items grows.

Plastic Pollution: What's the Problem?  

Read and Explore: Grades K-5
Not all plastic is bad. But too much is ending up in the world's rivers, lakes, and oceans and harming animals.

A giant octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) floats in the open water 20 meters below the surface of the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

Octopus  

Read and Explore: Grades K-5
Octopuses are sea animals famous for their rounded bodies, bulging eyes, and eight long arms.

Volunteers clean up trash and invasive species in Anacostia Park.

Kids vs. Plastics  

Create: Grades K-5
Save the Earth from plastic with this DIY crafting series of easy-to make, eco-friendly items and gadgets

Scientists researching wilderness in Brooks Range, Alaska

Virtual Family Camp!  

Explore: Grades K-5
Recreate camp experiences with eight weeks of at-home activities. Come back every Wednesday for more!

Two girls sit together reading books on a wooden bridge in a park.

Book List  

Explore Through Reading: Grades K-12
Books have the ability to transport readers to faraway places. Explore a different part of the world through this curated reading list.

Explorer Classroom

As communities around the world are exploring new ways of teaching and learning this summer, we invite you to join us for live broadcasts of Explorer Classroom on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Explorer Classroom’s live video events connect students with National Geographic Explorers across all seven continents to bring exploration to life.

Explorer Classroom Special Edition:  Photo Camp Live

Ages 16+

Learn from National Geographic Explorers and photographers each Friday at 2:00 p.m. EDT, as they share their journeys to capture powerful moments of community and connection. Hear about their experiences in the field, the passion that drives their work, and their efforts to cultivate empathy and understanding through their assignments, whether it’s documenting the lives of people facing injustice or a community’s cultural ties to the natural world.  Receive a weekly assignment and share your photos on social media.

Events are free and open to the public. Register for a chance at one of six on-camera spots to ask Explorers your questions face to face!

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