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.
Turn a digital camera into a satellite. Hover it above the ground and take a picture of the view below.
Explore a place and discover something new without walking.
Make a map that can be given to kids who are new to your area.
Ask some people who have moved to your local area the story of why they moved there.
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...
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.
Identify a problem that faces young people in your area: homelessness, kids without school supplies, lack of playgrounds or another issue.
Photograph evidence of where a non-native plant or animal has invaded a local ecosystem. Produce a ‘spotter’s guide’ to these invasive species.
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?
Create a maze that can’t be seen because it winds through your neighborhood. Create a map for your friends to use to find their way through the maze, and if someone manages to complete it without...
Explore from a bug’s-eye view. Take photos of a place close-up to make a tiny place look like a whole new world or ecosystem. Can you find the hidden jungle in your backyard or playground?
Try to identify the oldest thing (it could be a person!) in your neighborhood. Start a campaign to have it protected forever.
Can you ‘notice’ three things that you’ve never observed before within a 5 minute walk of your home?
They say that the suburbs are areas where “they chop down trees and then name streets after them.” Can you find the hidden trees in your own suburban or inner city area?
Plant some beautiful flowers or start a community garden to make a neglected place more beautiful.
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