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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.
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:
National Geographic's efforts to support community geography include the creation of social networking environments around interactive mapping tools.
Find out how you can get involved in National Geographic Education's community geography projects.
Join us for a week-long, world-wide celebration of biodiversity in September 2013.
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.
Citizen scientists, students, and teachers from around the Chesapeake Bay watershed collaborate to collect data and take action.
Use these activities for elementary, middle, and high school to help get students involved in the community and using a geographic perspective.
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.