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Seal Selfie

Seal Selfie  

Watch: Grades 5-12
The leopard seal is one of the largest seal species and an apex predator. So, what could take one on? Another leopard seal! Join Wildlife Biologist and National Geographic Explorer Douglas Krause as he learns more about these formidable predators in the threatened Antarctic ecosystem.

Crittercam: Fishing with Emperors

Crittercam: Fishing with Emperors  

Watch: Grades 3-12
Time to go fishing! Join National Geographic researchers as they use the Crittercam to follow Emperor Penguins into the ocean as they hunt for a meal.

Antarctic Penguins

Antarctic Penguins  

Watch: Grades 3-12
To know how many penguins there are in Antarctica, you have to count them, one at a time. Join National Geographic researchers aboard the Endeavor as they gather data on the penguin populations of Antarctica.

Map of Antarctica

Map of Antarctica  

Map: Grades K-12
Explore this map of Antarctica and the surrounding ocean floor to learn more about the Earth's southernmost continent.

Illustration of Antarctica with a cutaway view of the land below.

Antarctic Ice Sheet  

Without its massive ice sheet, the land of Antarctica would look considerably different. Learn more about how ice shapes the continent with this infographic.

An image of a scientist taking samples in the McMurdo Dry Valleys.

Life in Extreme Places  

Watch: Grades 4-12
If life can exist in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, can it also be present on Mars? Learning more about organisms that live in extreme environments like Antarctica can teach us more about what kind of life we might find in even more extreme environments.

Face-to-Face with a Leopard Seal

Face-to-Face with a Leopard Seal  

Watch: Grades 9-12
Photojournalist Paul Nicklen receives an unexpected gift from this major predator.

Emperor Penguins on Ice

Emperor Penguins on Ice  

Watch: Grades 6-12
Learn how penguins propel themselves on to the ice, out of the water.

Crittercam: Leopard Seal

Crittercam: Leopard Seal  

Watch: Grades 3-12
Go with the floe as Wild Chronicles and National Geographic’s Crittercam® team search for leopard seals in the Antarctic ice.

Modern Explorer | A Tale of Two Explorers

Modern Explorer | A Tale of Two Explorers  

Watch: Grades 5-12
One hundred years ago Ernest Shackleton trekked across the glaciers of the Antarctic to discover new places. Today National Geographic Explorer Alizé Carrère treks across those same locations but with far fewer glaciers. Learn how our climate has changed over the last 100 years in this episode of Modern Explorer.

Adelie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) walking on Cormorant Island, Palmer Archipelago, Antarctica.

The Continents: Antarctica Kahoot!  

There are seven continents on Earth. Test your knowledge about Antarctica with this Kahoot!

An emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) poses for a portrait in the Ross Sea of Antarctica.

How To Draw a Realistic Emperor Penguin  

From the Art for Kids hub, learn how to draw a realistic emperor penguin. You'll need a marker, paper, and colored pencils (black, grey, white, yellow, pink).

Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) launch themselves onto the edge of an ice floe.

Emperor Penguins Speed Launch out of the Water  

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An emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony crows on a plane of the frozen Ross Sea in Antarctica.

Citizen Science  

Penguin Watch: Count penguins in remote regions to help us understand their lives and environment.

An emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony gathers on the frozen landscape of the Ross Sea in Antarctica.

Nat Geo Kids Penguins Playlist  

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Discover the very best penguin videos YouTube has to offer - brought to you by National Geographic Kids!

Juvenile Adélie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) interact on Gourdin Island, Antarctica.

Adélie Penguin  

Adélie penguins breed and raise their young on the continent of Antarctica. Thousands of Adélies gather on the rocky Antarctic shoreline each year. The huge gatherings are called colonies.

A pair of emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) watch over their chick. One balances the juvenile on its feet to keep it warm from the frozen ice below.

Emperor Penguin  

Emperor penguins spend their entire lives on Antarctic ice and in its waters. They survive—breeding, raising young, and eating—by relying on a number of clever adaptations.

Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) feed in Whilhelmina Bay, Antartica, which attracts the attention of opportunistic gulls.

Krill Smackdown  

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Move a group of small, shrimp-like animals called krill around the waters off Antarctica. But look out for predators, such as emperor penguins and blue whales, that see these krill as a tasty snack!

Dr. Dee Boersma has studied their largest colony with more than 200,000 breeding pairs at Punta Tombo, Argentina with help from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Global Penguin Society, and National Geographic.

Meet Polar Scientist Dee Boersma  

Conservation biologist Dee Boersma travels from the coasts of the Galápagos Islands to the icy Antarctic to study penguins. She talks to Nat Geo Kids about working in remote locations and sharing the planet with other animals.

An adélie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) and an emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) walk together over the frozen Ross Sea of Antarctica.

Read Aloud: If You Were A Penguin  

Fun read aloud for Kindergarten and other littles about the lives and habitats of penguins.

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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