National Geographic
National Geographic


Explorer Classroom

Want to show your students that science, exploration, and conservation are alive outside of their textbooks? Join a live video conference with a National Geographic explorer.

Picture of Alizé Carrère and lemur

Photograph courtesy Alizé Carrère

Explorer Classroom is on summer vacation! We'll be back in September.

Archived Hangouts

All Explorer Classroom hangouts are recorded so you can review them a second time or save them for just the right moment in the semester. Browse our archive to start exploring now!

Getting Started

All you need to participate in an Explorer Classroom hangout is the ability to access YouTube. Many classrooms also use a projector for viewing the live stream. Scroll down to sign up for upcoming hangout or check out our archive.

Register Now

Register for an Explorer Classroom hangout by clicking “Register Now” next to the live stream you’d like to attend. You’ll find the link to the live stream on the registration form. There’s also a teacher’s guide to support your lesson planning around the Explorer Classroom hangout. 

Prep your Class

The first six classrooms to register will be awarded on-camera spots.* Those students will have the opportunity to interact with the featured explorer directly—just like in a Skype call. If you are one of the six, you’ll hear from your host Joe Grabowski or a Nat Geo staff member by email one week before the event. 

If you do not secure a camera spot, no worries! An unlimited number of people can watch live, and you can still interact and ask questions by tweeting #letsexplore.

See you there!

Tune in at the scheduled time and date! The live stream link is on the form you used to register. 

Finally, the Explorer Classroom hangouts will record directly to YouTube, so you can always view them again later. Simply click the same link you used to watch the event live.


​*Please Note: Explorer Classroom sessions are live events hosted on YouTube. They are open to the public and recorded. Please share these terms with parents of students who will participate live on camera. If any parents or students prefer not to be on camera, please accommodate their wishes in your classroom.

Meet More Nat Geo Explorers

See the remarkable range of work National Geographic explorers are doing across the globe, and find out how they continue to make an impact as they explore and protect our planet.

Learn More

Photos: Nizar Ibrahim by Kat Keene Hogue, Tierney Thys by Mark Thiessen, Mike Libecki by Cory Richards, Bob Poole by Gina Poole, Shivani Bhalla courtesy Shivani Bhalla, Paul Salopek by John Stanmeyer, Mariana Fuentes courtesy Mariana Fuentes, Jennifer Adler courtesy Jennifer Adler, T.H. Culhane by Mark Thiessen, Brian Skerry courtesy brian skerry, Ami Vitale courtesy Ami Vitale, Gemina Garland-Lewis Courtesy Gemina Garland-Lewis, KENNY BROAD BY WES C. SKILES, JEFFREY MARLOW BY SAM COSSMAN, KENNY BROAD BY WES C. SKILES, Jonathan Kolby courtesy Jonathan Kolby, adjany costa by James Kydd, Alize Carrere by Jovial S., Asha De Vos by Yasha Hetzel, Paul Salopek by John Stanmeyer, Andrea Marshall by Brian J. Skerry, Jess Cramp by Randall Scott, Kenny Broad by Zoltan Takacs, Mike Libecki by Cory Richards. Tierney Thys by Randall Scott. Shah Selbe by Benjamin Grimes, Erika Bergman by Emory Kristof, MARIANA FUENTES COURTESY MARIANA FUENTES