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Out of Eden Walk in the Classroom

Join Paul Salopek on his walk across the world and engage students with the stories of our time

Paul Salopek and Ahmed Elema walking into the desert, continuing day 19 of Out of Eden walk in the Afar region of Northeast Ethiopia.

Photograph by John Stanmeyer

This page hosts classroom materials and education projects related to the Out of Eden Walk. Materials are provided by the National Geographic Society, Project Zero, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. We encourage educators to use the the following interactive maps, activities, and other educational resources in their classrooms.

Visit the Out of Eden Walk program page to learn more about Paul Salopek’s journey and to read his dispatches from the field.

Resources from National Geographic

A Google Earth Voyager story, archived episodes of Explorer Classroom with Paul, and more classroom resources

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Resources from Out of Eden Learn at Project Zero

A free online program for students aged 3–19 in the form of 8–12-week long “learning journeys”

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Resources from the Pulitzer Center

A range of resources, from elementary to university, including free lesson plans and writing intensive programs

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Resources from National Geographic


Out of Eden and Google Earth

Join Paul on his journey with this interactive Google Earth Voyager Story and accompanying Idea Set.


Explorer Classroom

Archived episodes of Explorer Classroom with Paul Salopek. 

Nov 16th, 2018

Sept 26th, 2018

Sept 24th, 2018

May 15th, 2018

March 28th, 2018

March 23rd, 2018

Explorer Magazine


Explorer magazine is a not-for-profit classroom resource empowering students in grades K–5/6 to learn about the world. Explorer contains engaging nonfiction content that supports common core, science, and social studies standards. 

Click here to learn more Explorer magazine. 

Vol. 18 No. 1 of Young Explorer (grades K–1) and Vol. 18 No. 2 of Explorer (grades 2–5/6) feature stories about Paul Salopek. 

Explorer magazine is published in Poland as NG Odkrywca.  The November 2018 issue of NG Odkrywca featured stories about Paul Salopek.




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Classroom Activities

Use these activities from National Geographic to engage students with the core themes of the Out of Eden Walk.

Resources from Out of Eden Learn

An initiative of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Out of Eden Learn is a free online program for students aged 3–19. Inspired by the way Paul’s journalism draws together local and global storytelling, Out of Eden Learn brings youth from diverse backgrounds together online for thoughtful inquiry and exchange. Through 8–12-week long “learning journeys,” young people are invited to slow down to observe the world carefully and listen attentively to others, exchange stories and perspectives with one another, and make connections between their own lives and bigger human stories.

Resources from the Pulitzer Center

The Pulitzer Center connects students and teachers from elementary through university to the Walk through exciting educational programs and free curricular resources. And with more than 800 reporting projects delving deeply into themes Paul will be exploring—including mass migration, water and sanitation, fragile states, and climate change—the Pulitzer Center also serves as a rich and renewing resource of complementary journalism.

Picture of Paul Salopek and guide Ahmed Alema Hessan outside of Bouri


Find free lesson plans and exciting educational programs for elementary, middle, and high school students to help teachers connect the themes of the Walk to their coursework.

Walk Like a Journalist

Walk Like a Journalist  

Seventh grade students from Washington, D.C. learn how to use the skills of a journalist to explore their community on foot.

Scouting partnerships

Scouting partnerships  

Read about our partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, which features Out of Eden Walk activities at the National Jamboree, Philmont Scout Ranch, and other Scouting programs.

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