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.
Learn more about the Out of Eden Walk with interactive Google Earth Voyager Stories.
Learn about the Out of Eden Walk project and our shared human story.
Use GIS techniques to estimate how far Out of Eden Walk’s Paul Salopek has traveled and how much further there is to go.
Analyze how physical geography has shaped historic and present-day migration routes.
Get an aerial and street level view of borders and boundaries that influence day-to-day life.
Trace the footsteps of our ancestors and predict what archaeological sites Paul might come across during his journey.
Learn what drives migration and tell a migration story from the perspective of a refugee.
Use Street View and a geographic lens to analyze and tell the story of a global city.
Use these activities from National Geographic to engage students with the core themes of the Out of Eden Walk.
Students use maps and recent census data to analyze migration patterns across the globe.
An animated map shows humans migrating out of Africa to Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Students plan a menu for a religious ceremony in accordance with food rituals.
Students draw social boundary maps showing the divisions that exist in their community or school and discuss ways to cross them.
Students discuss the meaning of exploration and places they would like to explore. They compare past and present-day explorers’ reasons for exploration to their own.
Our Human Story Idea Set
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.
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.