Explore rarely seen undersea worlds with two photographers creating a visual voice for the world’s oceans.  David Doubilet is a legend in underwater photography. Together with his wife and underwater partner, photojournalist Jennifer Hayes, he has explored three unique marine environments for National Geographic.  Join them to explore the rich and diverse waters of Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, part of the “coral triangle.” Follow them into the world beneath the Antarctic ice, then north to the Gulf of St. Lawrence to see whales, wolffish, and harp seals. 

Use the resources in this collection to prepare your students for their upcoming National Geographic Live! student matinee experience. Use the “Before the Show” ideas to introduce students to David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes and the topics (marine biology, science, conservation, wildlife, geography) that they will discuss during the show. Use the “After the Show” ideas to extend the learning after the event has ended.

 Before the Show:

  • Have students review David Doubilet’s and Jennifer Hayes’s biographies using the links in the Explore More tab on this page.
  • Download and print the provided maps of Antarctica and Papua New Guinea, or use the MapMaker Interactive, to explore the areas where David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes work.
  • Have students read the Ecosystem encyclopedic entry. Lead a class discussion about different kinds of ecosystems. After reading, ask: How are different types of ecosystems connected to one another? What kinds of human activities threaten ecosystems? As a class, draw a web showing how different kinds of ecosystems interconnect.
  • Watch the Kimbe Bay Coral Reefs: Out of Sight video in the Explore More tab to familiarize students with the work the speakers have done to document the underwater coral world of Kimbe Bay. Have students investigate Kimbe Bay’s geography using the provided, downloadable map of Papua New Guinea.
  • Engage students in exploring the biodiversity of coral reef ecosystems by using the provided Coral Reef Food Web illustration and the Coral Reefs: Ecosystems Full of Life activity.
  • Color in the Coral Reef Ecosystem Coloring Page and then have the class work in small groups to research the fish, reptiles, and corals represented in the illustration. Have the groups present their findings to the class through PowerPoint or poster presentations.
  • Provide each student with a KWL Chart. Introduce the program they will attend and who the speaker is, and offer a brief description of what the speaker’s topic(s) will be. Have students fill out the What I Know and What I Want to Know columns of the KWL Chart. Have them fill out the What I Learned column after the show.
  • Use the graphic organizer collection to select a graphic organizer to help your students organize their questions and new knowledge before, during, and after the program. For example:
    • Download and print the T Chart. Have students label the left column Questions I Have and the right column Answers, and then conduct research about the speaker and speaker topic ahead of the program. Have students record answers to their questions during or after the program. Have students conduct research to complete any unanswered questions for homework. Have each student share a question and answer with the class.
    •  Download and print the provided Five Ws Chart. Have each student bring their copy to the matinee program and take notes. Have students share and discuss their notes after the show.

 After the Show

  • Use the Explorer Comparisons worksheet and have a class discussion to help students make connections between themselves and David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes. Distribute the worksheet to students before the presentation and review the directions with them. Review any terms with which they are unfamiliar. After the presentation, have students share the notes that they took during the show. Have a class discussion about attitudes and skills and how students demonstrate them in their everyday lives. Have students record their personal examples on the worksheet.
  • Review the continents, countries, or areas that the speaker presented. Ask: What continents, countries, or areas does the speaker work in? Have younger students imagine that these places were characters in the stories that David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes shared. Ask: What role did place play in David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes’ story? Why was location important to the story? How did the characteristics of the place influence the story? Note: You may need to introduce the concept of place for your students before they can answer and discuss these questions.
  • Discuss and define any unfamiliar terminology that the speaker used. Ask: What vocabulary words did David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes use that was new to you? Invite volunteers to write the words on the board, and have the class define them as a group using information they learned from the speaker or through research. If desired, have students record unfamiliar terminology during the show on one half of a T Chart. Then, have them write the definitions on the other side following this class discussion.
  • Have a class discussion about the attitudes National Geographic explorers embody. Ask: What attitudes did David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes talk about today? In what ways do David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes demonstrate curiosity, responsibility, empowerment, and persistence in their work? Why do you think these attitudes are important for explorers? Students can use their Five Ws Chart for reference and a graphic organizer to organize their ideas.
  • Have a whole-class brainstorm on how students can make changes or support the speakers’ work. Ask: What, if any, call to action did the speakers make? How can you implement any changes in your day-to-day life? What can we work on together as a group?

all the different kinds of living organisms within a given area.


management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.

coral reef

rocky ocean features made up of millions of coral skeletons.


community and interactions of living and nonliving things in an area.

marine biology

study of life in the ocean.

marine protected area (MPA)

area of the ocean where a government has placed limits on human activity.