National Geographic
Photo Ark Challenge

Mission 2: Advocate for Conservation

Photograph courtesy Winn Brewer

Become a champion for conservation by advocating for an endangered animal or habitat.

  1. Research - choose an animal you are passionate about and learn more about it and its habitat
  2. Plan - create a project to get people to learn and take action on behalf of the species or habitat you chose
  3. Implement - carry out your plan and document it so you can inspire others

Mission Tips

As you plan consider the following:

  • Who is your audience?
  • What do you want them to know?
  • What could you ask them to do to support the protection of the animal or habitat?
  • What platform will you choose to advocate for conservation? Examples: write an op-ed in the school newspaper, start a conservation club, send a letter to a conservation NGO, run a conservation fundraiser

For Educators

  • Provide opportunities for students to practice writing by having them write op-eds to the school or local newspaper. Further structure learning by building in an editing process with peer reviews and revision cycles.
  • Run a conservation fundraiser as a class or school. After students choose and research a species or habitat they are passionate about, have them vote for a favorite, and then conduct a classwide fundraiser. Guide students in researching to identify an NGO or organization, like the Photo Ark Project, to receive the donations.
  • Provide speaking opportunities by having each student use their research to write and deliver an “I believe” speech advocating for the protection of their chosen species and/or habitat.
  • Check out the Service Learning Toolkit to help students plan, develop, and implement service learning projects.

Send In Your Work

Before submitting, make sure you have the following ready:

  • A short summary of which Conservation Mission(s) you completed.
  • Photos, writings, presentations, and other documentation showcasing your mission solution(s) compiled into one file like a PowerPoint, video, or Word document.
  • Completed release forms (see the Challenge FAQ) if your videos and/or photos feature your or others' faces.
  • If you are submitting a video, make sure it follows the guidelines (see the Challenge FAQ) and is already uploaded to YouTube so you can share the link.

Students younger than 13 (as of December 31st, 2016) need a parent or teacher to submit on their behalf.

Other Missions

Picture of student with iPhone and GoPro

Mission 1: Tell a Conservation Story  

Create a portfolio that combines photography and writing to inspire others about animal conservation.

Mission 3: Create a Conservation Plan

Mission 3: Create a Conservation Plan  

Come up with a plan to protect an animal you are passionate about and share it with the world.