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Photo Ark in the Classroom

Picture of coyote puppies at Nebraska Wildlife Rehab (1456282)

Photograph by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark

Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer and conservationist, wants everyone to think about the serious consequences of species extinction. Joel is taking portraits of animals in zoos and animal rescue centers around the world, creating a one-of-a-kind photo collection of wildlife. The National Geographic Photo Ark is a time capsule for future generations and a platform for bringing attention to the vast, and growing, number of endangered animals in the world today.

Use the resources on this page to teach about the amazing animals in the Photo Ark, highlight the importance of storytelling in conservation, and empower students to spread the word about species extinction. In the words of Joel, “Let’s save together!"

Classroom Activities

Use these activities to highlight the importance of conservation and storytelling.

Threatened Animals and Their Habitats

Threatened Animals and Their Habitats  

Highlight the relationship between habitat and animal conservation in this activity for grades 3-5.

The Power of Images and Storytelling

The Power of Images and Storytelling  

Empower students to develop their own storytelling styles, and emphasize the role of writing and photography in conservation. Meant for grades 6-8.

Picture of Madagascan painted frog (1100972)

Save the Frogs  

Introduce students to the factors and consequences of widespread amphibian decline with this activity from Explorer magazine for grades 3-5.

Media Spotlights

Teach your students about crazy animal adaptations, inspire them to think critically about species extinction, and encourage them to develop their own opinions about conservation.

Photo Ark Challenge

Inspire your students to care about conservation by joining the Photo Ark Challenge! Students of all grade levels can participate and standout conservation solutions will be featured on National Geographic’s website.  

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From Explorer Magazine

Introduce students to Joel Sartore and some of the amazing animals in the Photo Ark with these handouts.

Bring the world into your classroom with Explorer magazine.

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Photo Ark Zoo Exhibitions

Photo Ark exhibitions may be coming to a zoo near your classroom. View the exhibition schedule and educational resources for a visit to the zoo here.