Date Posted: 7/21/16
2016 marks the 30th birthday of the National Geographic Network of Alliances, whose outreach efforts make a tremendous impact on geographic education K-12 throughout the nation. The Alliance effort has led to geography standards in all 50 states, partnerships with institutions of higher learning throughout the nation and more than 200,000 educators who serve as members of the Alliance. This year the Alliance Network hosted BioBlitzes in every state, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Canada for a total of over 200 BioBlitz events, reaching 20,000-plus individuals, and 400-plus partner organizations.
In honor of the Alliance Network’s 30th anniversary, National Geographic has gifted each state a State Giant Traveling Map. This 16-foot by 20-foot map will be the focal point the National Geographic Alliance Network National Initiative beginning in fall 2016. Each Alliance has been challenged to organize three outreach events reaching 200 participants, as well as five educational events reaching a minimum of 500 students using the State Giant Traveling Map. Based on the success of the BioBlitz initiative, we expect them to far surpass this goal!
Educators were selected by the National Geographic Alliance in their state to participate in National Geographic's summer institute focused on State Giant Traveling Maps. Teachers from all 50 states and D.C. participated in a summer institute July 11-12 at National Geographic headquarters or July 14-15 in Denver at the History Colorado Center.
Teachers attending the summer institute worked with the Society’s Curriculum team to create state-specific lessons which encourage geographic learning at the elementary level through physical movement and begin the process of becoming a Nat Geo Certified Educator.