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Cultivate an Explorer Mindset with National Geographic


We love to help educators and kids develop an Explorer Mindset! National Geographic offers tons of free resources, professional learning courses, programs, and hands-on opportunities like citizen science to help everyone
think like an Explorer.

This session will show you how to find all our cool stuff and will feature a demonstration of how you can use citizen science in your classroom to help students learn more about the world around them. It’s so easy -- you can start tomorrow!

Grades 4-12

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Mary Ford Director of Professional Learning, National Geographic Society

Mary is Director of Professional Learning at the National Geographic Society. She has a bachelor’s in environmental science from Harvard University and a master's in environmental management from Yale University. Her career has focused on environmental education and citizen science. She has worked at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, the World Wildlife Fund, and the National Audubon Society. She has also taught preschool, middle school and high school and has done ecology research in Borneo, Latin America and Siberia. She doesn't mind being hot or cold as long as she's outside!

Resources mentioned in video:

Sign up for the Nat Geo Education Newsletter

National Geographic Educator Certificate

National Geographic Resource Library

Explorer Magazine

Explorer Classroom

Professional Learning


Free iNaturalist Apps - Apple, Android

Free Seek App

Explorer Classroom archive on YouTube

Wealth, Race & Wildlife: Structural Inequality & Urban Wildlife, Dr. Chris Schell - UW Tacoma


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