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Great Migrations Education

Learn About the Movements of the Planet's Species

PHoto:  Wildebeests cross a crocodile-infested river

Photograph courtesy National Geographic Television

National Geographic Channel’s Great Migrations is a seven-part global programming event that takes viewers around the world on the arduous journeys millions of animals undertake to ensure the survival of their species.

Shot from land and air, in trees and cliff-blinds, on ice floes and underwater, Great Migrations tells the formidable, powerful stories of many of the planet’s species and their movements, while revealing new scientific discoveries with breathtaking high-definition clarity.

The education resources on this page invite you to share videos from the series with your students, and will help you bring content about animal migration and behavior to your classroom.

Materials created with the generous support of the National Geographic Channel.

Animal Migrations

Use these articles to help your students learn more about amazing animal migrations.

Additional Resources

Animal Migration Collection

Animal Migration Collection

Find a selection of content from NG Education about animal migration.

 Long-distance Ocean Travels

Long-distance Ocean Travels

View maps from the Census of Marine Life that show animal migration in and over the ocean.

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Great Migrations DVD

Great Migrations DVD

National Geographic Channel’s groundbreaking series explores the massive movement of animal populations around the planet. The project chronicles these inspirational, often harrowing journeys that are marked by unforgiving odds, and what it means to move like your life depends on it.

Official Companion Book

Official Companion Book

In this companion book, animal journeys are illustrated with images by National Geographic-caliber photographers and with iconic stills from the film. Informational sidebars throughout the book highlight new technology, scientists and photographers in the field, and the backstories behind Great Migrations.

Children's Book

Children's Book

Created for young animal lovers—and for the nation's schools, where migration is taught as part of the core curriculum—this book spotlights wild creatures of highest interest to children, with fascinating facts and at-a-glance information on where, why, and how animals migrate.


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National Geographic Game

National Geographic Game

Your challenge is to protect and guide your animals on their dangerous migration journeys. Select a leader, collect your herd, evade predators, and heal all wounds!


National Geographic Magazine

National Geographic Magazine

Visit the National Geographic magazine hub about great animal migrations to find magazine articles, photo galleries, and maps.


Great Migrations Video Clips

Great Migrations Video Clips

Find brief video clips from Great Migrations for use in your classroom.

Behind the Scenes Videos

Behind the Scenes Videos

Witness the dramatic measures that Nat Geo crews took to get the brilliant shots for this epic television event. Follow along as the team swims with sharks, faces an enormous sandstorm moving at 60 miles per hour, and more.