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.
April 25th | 11:00AM ET
Emily Toner is a soil geographer, exploring the scientific and cultural significance of soils around the world! She is researching and writing about the Irish relationship to peat bogs, which are rich spaces where the carbon density is significant for climate change mitigation.
April 25th | 12:00PM ET
Andrés Ruzo is a geoscientist, conservationist, author, science communicator and educator, who became the first scientist granted permission to study the Boiling River of the Amazon in 2011. He is the Founder and Director of the “Boiling River Project,” a non-profit dedicated to understanding and protecting the sacred Boiling River of the Amazon (i.e., the Shanay-timpishka Geothermal System) by bringing together modern science, conservation economics, and traditional Amazonian knowledge.
April 30th | 11:00AM ET
Roseanna Gamlen-Greene researches amphibians on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada. Her work involves tromping around in beautiful bogs, sea kayaking, canoeing and boating to remote and wild locations, experiments and working with the local community to conserve the Western Toad (the only indigenous amphibian on Haida Gwaii).
April 30th | 7:00PM ET
A global outbreak of chytrid fungus has already driven hundreds of frog species to extinction. Explorer Jonathan Kolby is fighting to save as many as he can! Jonathan will share stories of his favorite charismatic amphibians and teach us all how to keep the frogs we love from croaking.
This session is specially recommended for afterschool groups.
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.
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