Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week

The mission of National Geographic Education is to teach people how to care for the planet, its resources, and its inhabitants

Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week (GAWeek) is an annual public awareness program that encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the interconnectedness of our world.

 

Celebrate GAWeek this year by declaring your interdependence!  Challenge friends, classmates, and family members to complete missions and earn badges exploring geography and the ways in which you're connected to everything around you. 


GAWeek was established by Presidential proclamation in the United States in 1987 and is organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP). Each year more than 100,000 people actively participate in GAWeek through activities, events, lessons, games, and challenges.

Rewards

Photographer BadgeMapping BadgeStory-teller BadgeTake action! BadgeFreshwater ExplorerWeb MakerEdible InterdependenceSummer Camp Geographer

Mission list

Anywhere mission

Alien invasion

Photograph evidence of where a non-native plant or animal has invaded a local ecosystem. Produce a ‘spotter’s guide’ to these invasive species. 

Points: 50 Photographer Badge by: Geography Awareness Week
Anywhere mission

Animal:garbage ratio

Explore a local stream, river or lake looking for trash and animals. How many birds, mammals, fish and reptiles do you find for every piece of human waste?

Points: 50 Freshwater Explorer by: Geography Awareness Week
Anywhere mission

Award sustainable businesses

Explore your local stores and coffee shops. Which ones have the most sustainable products? Reward those that are good with a certificate and ask your local paper to list them. 

Points: 50 Take action! Badge by: Geography Awareness Week
Anywhere mission

Become a guerrilla gardener

Go guerrilla and change a place with plants.

Points: 50 Edible Interdependence by: Geography Awareness Week
Anywhere mission

Become a remote sensor

Turn a digital camera into a satellite. Hover it above the ground and take a picture of the view below. 

Points: 50 Photographer Badge by: Geography Awareness Week
Location mission

Buy direct

Buy ingredients for a meal from your local farmer’s market. 

Points: 50 Edible Interdependence by: Geography Awareness Week
Anywhere mission

Capture water

Photograph or sketch everything you can find that is part of the water cycle. 

Points: 50 Freshwater Explorer by: Geography Awareness Week
Anywhere mission

Cook your soil a meal

Turn your food waste into a dish for some soil.

Points: 50 Edible Interdependence by: Geography Awareness Week
Anywhere mission

Create a river story

Write a story about a real or imagined journey going from the source of a river to its mouth. 

Points: 50 Freshwater Explorer by: Geography Awareness Week
Anywhere mission

Cross the border

Walk (or drive or cycle) between one neighborhood and the next. When do you know that you’ve definitely moved from one to the other? 

Points: 50 Story-teller Badge by: Geography Awareness Week

Mission Locations

Location mission
You will need to visit this place
Regional mission
You may be able to do this where you are
Anywhere mission
Do this mission nearly anywhere
Mission cluster
A group of missions

Extras

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