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Out of Eden Education

Seven years. Four continents. 30 million steps.

Photograph by Linda Lynch

This page hosts classroom materials and informal education projects related to the Out of Eden Walk. Materials are provided by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Project Zero and National Geographic. We encourage educators to explore and take part in the growing collection of maps, instructional resources, and an online community listed below. 

Pulitzer Prize winner and National Geographic Fellow, Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk is an exercise in slow journalism. Moving at the slow beat of his footsteps, Paul is engaging with the major stories of our time—from climate change to technological innovation, from mass migration to cultural survival—by walking alongside the people who inhabit them every day. As he traverses the globe from Africa to South America, he is revealing the texture of the lives of people he encounters: the nomads, villagers, traders, farmers, and fishermen who never make the news.

National Geographic Education Resources

Use our resources to understand where Paul is going, and how he is interacting with different individuals, communities, and cultures.

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Lesson Plans

The Pulitzer Center connects students and teachers from elementary through university to the walk through a blend of personal interactions with Paul Salopek and through curriculum created for the project. And with more than 300 reporting projects delving deeply into themes Paul will be exploring—from mass migration to water and sanitation to fragile states to climate change—the Pulitzer Center also serves as a rich and renewing resource of complementary journalism.


Find lesson plans and unit maps for elementary, middle, and high school students help teachers connect the themes of the Walk to their coursework.

Global Journalism Resources

With hundreds of journalism projects on issues addressed in the Walk, the Pulitzer Center offers many ways for teachers and students to learn more about our world.

Social Media Streams

See the social buzz around the Out of Eden Walk in one place, and join in the discussion.

Out of Eden Learn

Project Zero is an educational research group based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Out of Eden Learn engages students from around the world in Paul’s epic journey. Students explore their own neighborhoods, investigate global connections, and reflect on how their own lives fit into a bigger human story. They share their perspectives and interact with one another on an exciting digital platform. To find out more, please download this curriculum overview, or visit our website.

Education Partners

A Journey Through Time

Daily Dispatches

National Geographic and the Knight Foundation are funding the Out of Eden Walk's fieldwork and journalism. Follow exclusive dispatches and view cartographic milestones from the trail.

Meet Paul Salopek

Read Salopek's profile and learn about his career as a writer and explorer.

Where is Paul Now?

Map it Out

Follow Paul's Route in the interactive Map Room, and use our downloadable and printable 1-Page Maps to trace the journey in class.

Out of Eden: Latest Updates

Follow Along

Follow the Walk on Facebook

For updates and photos from the walk, join the Out of Eden Walk Facebook page.