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National Geographic explorers are groundbreaking scientists, conservationists, educators, and storytellers. They are curious about our planet, committed to understanding it, and passionate about helping to make it better.

Best of all, they want to connect with your students. Learn how below.

Explorer Classroom

Explorer Classroom digitally connects classrooms around the world with National Geographic explorers through live video events. Students have the opportunity to ask the explorer their questions directly. Each month Explorer Classroom features a new theme and provides supporting resources for educators.

Time Required

45 minutes

Availability

Online, open to all educators

Frequency

Multiple opportunities per week

Sign up

Student Matinees

In these hour-long live events, explorers share exciting stories and answer student questions in various venues in the United States and some international locations. Each matinee speaker has a collection of educational resources to complement their presentation, including classroom activities, reference content, videos, maps, and more.

Time Required

Matinees are one hour plus transportation time. Museum visit add-ons are available at some locations.

Availability

In-person, select locations only

Frequency

Varies by location

Sign up

Photograph of children at a student matinee

Photograph by Ben Gibbs

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Explorer Challenges

Three times per year, the online National Geographic Educator Network hosts themed Explorer Challenges. These challenges provide students the opportunity to learn about a National Geographic explorer in depth, create a project, and receive personalized video feedback from their new real-world hero.

Time Required

5–15 hours over 2–3 months

Availability

Online, open to all educators

Frequency

Three opportunities per year

Sign up through the National Geographic Educator Network.

Educator-Explorer Exchange

National Geographic Certified Educators are paired with National Geographic explorers to collaborate on a series of unique learning experiences over a school year. The pairs also engage in two-way professional development, with explorers sharing their content knowledge and educators sharing their pedagogical expertise.

Time Required

20–50 hours over 10 months

Availability

Online, open to National Geographic Certified Educators by application only

Frequency

One opportunity per year

Applications for the 2019-2020 program are closed.

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