National Geographic
National Geographic

Explorer Classroom

Show your students that science, exploration, and conservation are alive outside of their textbooks. Join a virtual field trip with a National Geographic Explorer!

Friday, December 15 at 2:00 PM EST

Carlton Ward Jr.: Conservation Photographer

Carlton Ward is a conservation photographer and founder of the Florida Wildlife Corridor project. Since 2010, he has trekked 2,000 miles during two National Geographic supported expeditions to advocate for the corridor’s protection. He is now working as an ambassador for the recovery of the Florida panther, a plan that calls for conservation of hundreds of thousands of acres of ranchlands and forests and across Florida.

Prep your class with the biography, resources, and discussion questions on this Teacher’s Guide.

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Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. Please contact Mac Stone before publishing photo:

Photograph by Mac Stone

Picture of male lion

Photograph by Michael Nichols

Special Event | December 11–15

Big Cat Week

December 10–15 is Big Cat Week at National Geographic, a week-long event dedicated to nature's fiercest felines. Big Cat Week is an extension of the Big Cats Initiative, which supports scientists and conservationists working to save big cats in the wild.

Getting Started

All you need to participate in Explorer Classroom is the ability to access YouTube. Many classrooms also use a projector for bigger and better viewing!

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Register for an Explorer Classroom session by clicking the “Register Now” button. You’ll find the link to the live stream on the registration form.  

Prep your Class

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

If you do not secure an on-camera spot, no worries! An unlimited number of people can watch live, and anyone can ask questions by tweeting #ExplorerClassroom.

See you there!

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

If you can’t join live, you can catch up later. All Explorer Classroom sessions will be archived on YouTube.


​*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.

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!

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: Andrew Stein by Katy Daily, Ricardo Moreno by Mauro Colombo, Shivani Bhalla courtesy Shivani Bhalla, Paola Bouley courtesy Paola Bouley, Steve Winter courtesy Steve Winter, Laly Lichtenfeld by Cameron Zeggers, Thandiwe Mweetwa by Edward Selfe, Krithi K. Karanth by SANDESH KADUR, Vincent Van der Merwe courtesy Vincent Van der Merwe, Dereck and Beverly Joubert courtesy Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Brendan Mullan by JOHN ALTDORDER/POINT PARK UNIVERSITY, Bethany Ehlmann by Lance Hayashida/Caltech