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Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

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National Geographic Encounter is a first-of-its-kind, truly immersive experience that opens with Ocean Odyssey. Using technology, students embark on a virtual underwater journey across the Pacific Ocean, exploring some of the ocean’s greatest wonders and mightiest creatures. Created in a 60,000-square-foot space in Times Square, students can walk across an ocean floor and investigate a variety of ecosystems that come to life through groundbreaking technology. Video mapping, 8K photographic animation, mega-projection screens, sound, and interactive, real-time tracking bring students face-to-face with sea life—from great white sharks and humpback whales to Humboldt squids and sea lions.

At the completion of the transect, students resurface to learn more about the creatures and habitats they encountered. They engage further with more interactive technologies—such as holograms and touch screens—that highlight important ocean conservation and scientific research themes.

Visit National Geographic Encounter for more information on how your students can have the ultimate undersea experience without getting wet! 

National Geographic Encounter Guides

These guides can help you make the most of your trip to

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey in Times Square

Select Ocean Exercises

Use these curated materials to teach about ocean topics

Pristine Seas

National Geographic has set out to protect 20 of the ocean’s wildest places by 2020. Learn more about this project and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala.

National Geographic Explorers

Learn more about National Geographic Explorers working to protect the oceans

Adventurer and Conservationist

Adventurer and Conservationist  

Gregg Treinish is a 2013 Emerging Explorer dedicated to conservation and connecting outdoor adventurers with scientists in need of data from the field.

Ocean Explorer

Ocean Explorer  

Profile of Dr. Sylvia Earle, an oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.

Marine Biologist and Ocean Educator

Marine Biologist and Ocean Educator  

A voice for a group of “unorthodox” whales in the Indian Ocean, Asha de Vos is the first and only Sri Lankan to earn a Ph.D. in marine-mammal-related research.

Photograph of 2015 Emerging Explorer Jessica Cramp

Marine Conservationist  

Jessica Cramp is known for for saying sharks are the gateway drug to ocean science. Learn more about her work here.

Marine Biologist and Conservationist

Marine Biologist and Conservationist  

Every marine turtle species is endangered. Meet Jose Urteaga, the explorer working hard and fast to reverse that trend.

Picture of David Gruber

Marine Biologist  

Marine biologist, ocean explorer, and professor David Gruber searches the undersea world for bioluminescent and biofluorescent marine animals. 

GeoStories

Explore these dynamic ocean-themed GeoStories

DEEPSEA CHALLENGE

DEEPSEA CHALLENGE  

Filmmaker James Cameron's journey to the deepest-known place on Earth 

Ocean Exploration: Geostory

Ocean Exploration: Geostory  

Pivotal events in undersea understanding

The ABCs of MPAs

The ABCs of MPAs  

Rhyme your way through ecosystems of marine protected areas

Maps

Use these maps to help your students understand their geographic relationship to the oceans

NGM September 2012 Map Supplement

NGM September 2012 Map Supplement  

A map of the world's ocean from the September 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine. 

1-Page Maps

1-Page Maps  

Visit our collection of black-and-white maps. Download, print, and customize your own!


Reference

Encourage students to learn more about the ocean with these encyclopedic entries


Articles


Videos

Use video to illustrate marine reserves, currents, and climate change


Image Spotlights

Explore select sea life photographs and their supporting content with your class

Ocean Image Gallery

Dive into these ocean images with your students

Games

Build your ocean with this fun matching game!

My Ocean

This interactive game takes students on a journey through the Indian, Atlantic, Pacific, Antarctic, and Arctic Oceans.