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

Welcome Map

Make a map that can be given to kids who are new to your area.

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

Watch sunrise at sunset

At sunset in your location find a webcam that is just before dawn in its location. Enjoy your dinner as you watch sunrise there and the sunset where you are.

Points: 50 Web Maker by: Geography Awareness Week
Anywhere mission

Walk your footprint

Estimate the size of your ecological footprint. How long does it take you to walk from its center to its edge? 

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

Unconnected

Follow this link to find out what news stories are appearing in other countries… but not yours.

Points: 50 Web Maker by: Geography Awareness Week
Anywhere mission

Tsunami Watch

Click here to see if you can spot buoys moving in response to recent earthquakes (which you can check out by clicking here).

Points: 50 Web Maker by: Geography Awareness Week
Anywhere mission

Trash art

Go out with a trash bag and collect trash. Turn the items into a piece of art and try to get it featured in your local newspaper as a way of demonstrating any problems of consumption and waste...

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

Tell an object’s story

‘Interview’ something that you’ve bought that was made in or comes from another country. What story does it tell you? 

Points: 50 Summer Camp Geographer by: Geography Awareness Week
Anywhere mission

Take Control

Take control of a webcam in the Rockies and explore the area using your computer by following this link.

Points: 50 Web Maker by: Geography Awareness Week
Region mission

Speak Up For Geography!

Tell Congress to support the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act. Take action today at SpeakUpforGeography.org.  Send a letter to each of your representatives then spread the message through...

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

Snap your community’s image

Photograph the things that you think hold your community together and create its identity. 

Points: 50 Summer Camp Geographer 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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