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.
Dec 18th | 11:00 AM ET
Join Roxanne Beltran live from the Año Nuevo Seal Colony in California! Roxanne hopes to better understand the strategies that seals use to survive and thrive in the open ocean. She is particularly interested in elephant seal pups, which begin their first migration at just three months old and learn to navigate and dive without any parental instruction.
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.
Shivani Bhalla is working to safeguard the future of Kenya's rapidly declining lion populations. There are now fewer than 2,000 lions in Kenya, and they could vanish within twenty years. Shivani founded the conservation organization Ewaso Lions to promote coexistence between people and lions.
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.
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
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.