Join Paul Salopek on his walk across the world and engage students with the stories of our time

This page hosts classroom materials and education projects related to the Out of Eden Walk. Materials are provided by the National Geographic Society, Project Zero, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. We encourage educators to use the the following interactive maps, activities, and other educational resources in their classrooms.

Visit the Out of Eden Walk program page to learn more about Paul Salopek’s journey and to read his dispatches from the field.

Resources from National Geographic

Archived episodes of Explorer Classroom with Paul

Resources from Out of Eden Learn at Project Zero

A free online program for students aged 3–19 in the form of 8–12-week long “learning journeys”

Resources from the Pulitzer Center

A range of resources, from elementary to university, including free lesson plans and writing intensive programs


Short films with Paul Salopek focused on geography, language arts, and human migration.

What exactly is a ‘diaspora’? Join journalist Paul Salopek as he explains this tricky concept and how diasporas have effected human migration.

Trade doesn’t just apply to goods and services. Ideas, religion, and even cuisine can be traded—just ask Paul Salopek! Through Paul’s travels around the world, he has discovered many different kinds of trade.

When you travel around the world on foot, you are bound to encounter different landscapes—Paul Salopek certainly has! Join Paul as he defines one of the most common landscapes: rural.

Switch to airplane mode, settle in, and absorb the world around you. Step forward and notice how the landscape changes, what the people wear, and the feeling of your feet on the ground. Paul Salopek, writer and National Geographic Explorer, takes this approach each day as he asks questions, listens, and reflects—a process he’s coined, “slow journalism.”

Story maps from Paul’s photos, videos, and writing dispatches help share these stories with the world, like his modern take on the ancient Silk Road. This “road” was a network for goods, people, information, and culture to travel between distant parts of Asia and other parts of the world. 

See how National Geographic teamed up with Jeff Blossom and Paul Salopek to create a map that mirrors some of our ancestors’ route from Africa to the southern tip of South America. 


Archived episodes of Explorer Classroom with Paul Salopek. 

November 16, 2018
September 26, 2018
September 24, 2018
May 15, 2018
March 28, 2018
March 23, 2018


Explorer magazine is a not-for-profit classroom resource empowering students in grades K–5/6 to learn about the world. Explorer contains engaging nonfiction content that supports common core, science, and social studies standards. 

Vol. 18 No. 1 of Young Explorer (grades K–1) and Vol. 18 No. 2 of Explorer (grades 2–5/6) feature stories about Paul Salopek. 

Explorer magazine is published in Poland as NG Odkrywca.  The November 2018 issue of NG Odkrywca featured stories about Paul Salopek.

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Use these activities from National Geographic to engage students with the core themes of the Out of Eden Walk.

An animated map shows humans migrating out of Africa to Asia, Europe, and the Americas. 

Our Human Story Idea Set


An initiative of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Out of Eden Learn is a free online program for students aged 3–19. Inspired by the way Paul’s journalism draws together local and global storytelling, Out of Eden Learn brings youth from diverse backgrounds together online for thoughtful inquiry and exchange. Through 8–12-week long “learning journeys,” young people are invited to slow down to observe the world carefully and listen attentively to others, exchange stories and perspectives with one another, and make connections between their own lives and bigger human stories.


The Pulitzer Center connects students and teachers from elementary through university to the Walk through exciting educational programs and free curricular resources. And with more than 800 reporting projects delving deeply into themes Paul will be exploring—including mass migration, water and sanitation, fragile states, and climate change—the Pulitzer Center also serves as a rich and renewing resource of complementary journalism.

Find free lesson plans and exciting educational programs for elementary, middle, and high school students to help teachers connect the themes of the Walk to their coursework.

Seventh grade students from Washington, D.C. learn how to use the skills of a journalist to explore their community on foot.

Read about our partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, which features Out of Eden Walk activities at the National Jamboree, Philmont Scout Ranch, and other Scouting programs.



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