Explorer Classroom connects classrooms around the world with National Geographic Explorers, bringing science, exploration, and conservation to life through live video events. Students have the opportunity to ask the explorer their questions directly. Each month Explorer Classroom features a new theme and provides supporting resources for educators. Throughout the school year, classes can also join explorers live on expedition through our In the Field series.
Nov 14th | 9:30AM ET
In 2013 paleoanthropologist Lee Berger and his team discovered more than a thousand fossil elements belonging to Homo naledi, a previously unknown early human relative in the Rising Star cave system in South Africa. They have since discovered many more fossils of this new species including a nearly complete skeleton.
Nov 16th | 12:00PM ET
Paul Salopek is on a 21,000-mile odyssey. Moving at the beat of his footsteps, Paul is walking the pathways of the first humans who migrated out of Africa in the Stone Age and made the Earth ours. Along the way he is covering the major stories of our time—from climate change to technological innovation—by giving voice to the people who inhabit them every day.
Dec 10th | 12:00PM ET
Rudie and Marlice van Vuuren helped found the N/a’an ku sê Foundation. They provide a second chance to orphaned and injured animals, undertake vital research and fieldwork, and work to protect and conserve Namibian wildlife including leopards, cheetahs, and African wild dogs.
Dec 11th | 10:00AM ET
Popi Garcia Borboroglu is the founder and president of the Global Penguin Society, an international science-based conservation coalition that protects the world’s penguin species. Join him live from a penguin colony in Argentina.
Supported by Cannon
Participating in Explorer Classroom is as easy as 1, 2, 3
Use the “Register Here” link to sign up for a session!
The first six classrooms to register will be awarded on-camera spots.
Use the monthly educator guide to brainstorm questions for the explorer.
An unlimited number of classrooms can watch live on YouTube. We’ll let you know if your classroom was selected for an on-screen spot.
Tune in at the scheduled time and date for your session.
We’ll see you there!
Check out some highlights below or explore our full archive on YouTube.
Wildlife filmmaker Bertie Gregory has channeled his childhood obsession with wild animals into a career. Join him in the field in Arctic Canada where he’s filming for his latest project.
Supported by Canon
Jenna Jambeck specializes in global waste management issues and plastic contamination. Her work on plastic waste inputs into the ocean published in Science magazine has been translated into policy discussions throughout the world.
Join Asha de Vos to learn about the "unorthodox blue whales" of the northern Indian Ocean.
Lillygol Sedaghat is documenting Taiwan’s waste management system and innovations in plastics and electronics recycling. She hopes to inspire conscious consumerism and spark a global discussion on trash with #MyWasteMyWay.
Imogen Napper is passionate about being part of the solution to ocean plastics. Her work recently helped influence the ban of microbeads in cosmetics internationally.
Katlin Bowman studies mercury chemistry in marine environments. Mercury levels in the ocean are on the rise, due to human activities like fossil fuel combustion and gold mining. Currently, Katlin is studying how microplastic pollution in San Francisco Bay impacts mercury cycling.
Marina Elliott is a biological Anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer. She is currently working in the Rising Star Cave system.
Known as “Her Deepness” for her record-breaking accomplishments beneath the ocean’s surface, Dr. Sylvia Earle has been named a “living legend” by the Library of Congress and the first “Hero for the Planet” by Time.