• What happened to the National Geographic Xpeditions website?

    National Geographic Xpeditions is now National Geographic Education! Check out our new, media-rich site, which offers more types of content, for more audiences, than ever before. The new website, NatGeoEd.org, includes some of our most popular archival content in its original format as a convenience to Xpeditions users. Wherever possible, we recommend new resources. To include Xpeditions in search results, check the "include archive" filter.

  • What audiences does National Geographic Education reach?

    We offer resources for educators of Grades K-12 in school settings and out-of-school settings, caregivers of children ages 5-10, kids in Grades K-5, and students in Grades 6-12.

  • Why does it say "Teacher, Informal Educator, Families, Students, and Kids" at the top of each page?

    To reach more learners in more settings, National Geographic Education develops resources for each of these audiences—teachers, informal educators, families, students, and kids. By clicking on your audience tab, your experience in the website will be tailored specifically to your needs.

  • What does "see other versions of this page" mean?

    The site includes a unique feature called "Audience Versions" that provides you with an opportunity to see how other audiences might use the same resource. You can easily switch between page versions, when available, to see a piece of content tailored for teachers, informal educators, families, students, or kids. Audience versions are designed to meet diverse needs and include changes in look-and-feel, organization, and appropriate text. Check back often, as we'll continue to add more audience versions to your favorite resources.

  • Where can I find the national geography standards?

    The national geography standards were first published in the 1994 book, Geography for Life: National Geography Standards. In 2012, the second edition of the book was published. It includes updated national geography standards, skills, and perspectives. Visit our National Geography Standards & Skills page to find excerpts from the second edition.

  • What are the five themes of geography?

    The five themes of geography first appeared in a 1984 publication—Guidelines for Geographic Education: Elementary and Secondary Schools—of the Joint Committee on Geographic Education of the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) and the Association of American Geographers (AAG). The themes are location, place, human/environment interaction, movement, and regions. The five themes were meant to define and organize the subjects of geographic study for educational decision-makers and curriculum developers. The guidelines provided a blueprint for the teaching and learning of geography and informed the writing of the 1994 National Geography Standards. While the five themes are still used in some introductory geography texts, essential geography content knowledge for students is best described in the National Geography Standards, which were updated in 2012. 

  • What can I do with the media viewer at the top of activities and other content pages? (What is the resource carousel?)

    National Geographic's audience research told us that users want all of the media they're going to need to engage with a piece of content, in the same page and in the correct order. We designed our unique media player, called a resource carousel, to enable you to browse and interact with media, and even to download it when possible. The resource carousel also allows you to view it in full-screen mode or as a pop-out. This gives you easy access to National Geographic's iconic media and expert resources, such as photos, videos, interactives, illustrations, diagrams, cartoons, and more.

  • Does National Geographic Education offer any mobile apps or content?

    Yes, the full NatGeoEd.org website is mobile-friendly. It adapts to the screen size of the device you are using, and its media are viewable across devices. In addition, you can find our growing collection of apps and other digital products here.

  • Can I download materials from the National Geographic Education website?

    In some cases, yes. Materials with the download icon activated in the lower right-hand corner of the resource carousel may be downloaded for use per our terms of service. Additionally, maps created in the MapMaker 1-Page Maps Tool and the MapMaker Interactive may be downloaded per our Terms of Service.

  • Where can I find credits and user permissions information for media and text?

    Media credits appear with each piece of media in the resource carousel. Text credits appear at the bottom of the page under the credits bar. You can find user permission information at the bottom of each page.

  • Who do I contact if I want to license content?

    Direct all licensing requests to National Geographic Creative by emailing natgeocreative@ngs.org. National Geographic Creative handles requests for all media, including photos, videos, and text.

  • How can I give feedback or share my opinions with National Geographic Education?

    We designed NatGeoEd.org with you in mind. As the website evolves, we're continuing to take a user-informed approach to best meet the needs of our audiences. You can be a part of that process by telling us what you think.

  • Has National Geographic Education been nominated for or won any awards for its work?

    Our NatGeoEd.org website has won numerous awards. We've also been recognized for our interactives and games, our original educational videos, and our social media. You can find a full list of our awards and nominations here.

  • Does National Geographic Education respond to feedback?

    While we can't answer every email, we do respond directly to users whenever possible.

  • What is National Geographic Education's relationship with the Verizon Foundation?

    The National Geographic Education website is funded in part by the generous support of the Verizon Foundation. From 1998 to mid-2014, National Geographic was a content partner in the Verizon Thinkfinity Consortium. This Consortium of top educational organizations—including National Geographic, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History—covered all major disciplines. As part of our work in the Thinkfinity Community, Consortium partners provided free educational materials, professional development, and subject matter expertise to K-12 educators. The Verizon Foundation discontinued the Thinkfinity Consortium and Community in June of 2014; however, all of National Geographic Education’s resources are still available on NatGeoEd.org and we continue to create and provide free digital learning resources for K-12 educators and learners.

  • Can I get free or discounted National Geographic magazines for my classroom?

    Yes, we offer a special educator rate of $1 per issue for a Digital subscription, which includes the digital edition of National Geographic magazine on iPad®, iPhone®, and Kindle Fire™, as well as access to the online archive. Print and Print Plus subscription types are also available. Click on this link to find more details and to subscribe.

  • What are different ways I can find content on the site?

    National Geographic Education has may ways to find the content you want. You can use our landing pages and menu bar to browse materials. You can use our search page to find content by keyword and filter by type, grade, or age. You can also use our collections, accessible through the Key Concept tag cloud, to find materials on a related topic. We also have a Related Materials feature that highlights relevant resources.

  • How can I find and browse all activities or lessons?

    You can use our landing pages and menu bar to browse activities and lessons. In addition, our current search tool allows you to search by keyword and see results for NG Education or for all of National Geographic. You can filter results by grade and age, audience, type of resource, and subject.

  • How do I cite the content on NatGeoEd.org in my presentation or school project?

    All educators and learners are welcome to use the National Geographic Education website as a resource for presentations and projects. Please see our Terms of Service to find out how you can use our downloadable media content. Credits for media (PDFs, photos, and videos) can be found at point of use for all media. Credits for text, and additional credits, can be found at the bottom of each page beneath the credits bar.