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Community Geography at National Geographic

Since its founding in 1888, National Geographic’s mission has been to "increase and diffuse geographic knowledge." Digital technologies such as the web, geographic information systems (GIS), and social media are rapidly expanding the ways we pursue that mission. Today, National Geographic is developing powerful, new community geography platforms to help people learn about and improve their world.

What is Community Geography?

National Geographic has adopted the term "community geography" to describe activities that engage members of the public in documenting, understanding, and looking after the places they care about, including:

  • exploring maps and data to ask and answer questions about places
  • conducting fieldwork and sharing observations and stories
  • participating in social and scientific networks to document and improve communities.


National Geographic's efforts to support community geography include the creation of social networking environments around interactive mapping tools.

Examples

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Community Geography Projects

Find out how you can get involved in National Geographic Education's community geography projects.

The Great Nature Project

The Great Nature Project

Join us for a week-long, world-wide celebration of biodiversity in September 2013.

BioBlitz

BioBlitz

A bioblitz is a 24-hour event during which people come together to identify as many species of plants, animals, and other organisms as possible.

Chesapeake Bay FieldScope

Chesapeake Bay FieldScope

Citizen scientists, students, and teachers from around the Chesapeake Bay watershed collaborate to collect data and take action.


Getting Started

Find ideas on citizen science projects to jump into for yourself, your family, or your classroom.


Explore a GeoStory

Citizen Scientists Across the U.S.

Citizen Scientists Across the U.S.

Meet people who volunteer in citizen science efforts across the country.


Using a Geographic Perspective

Use these activities for elementary, middle, and high school to help get students involved in the community and using a geographic perspective.

Characteristics of Place

Characteristics of Place

ACTIVITY What are the characteristics of places?

Important Places in Your Community

Important Places in Your Community

ACTIVITY What kinds of places are important to you and to others?

Adopt a Vacant Lot

Adopt a Vacant Lot

ACTIVITY How can you use field study to help your local community?


FieldScope & Community Geography

Journal Article

Journal Article

Read our peer-reviewed journal article, "National Geographic FieldScope: a platform for community geography," in a special issue of the journal Ecological Society of America's Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Download the article, which appears in the August 2012 volume, here.