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.
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.
5–15 hours over 2–3 months
Online, open to all educators
Three opportunities per year
Sign up through the National Geographic Educator Network.
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.
20–50 hours over 10 months
Online, open to National Geographic Certified Educators by application only
One opportunity per year
Applications for the 2021-2022 Exchange have closed. Check back this summer for the 2022-2023 application!