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

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
Anywhere mission

Don't walk

Explore a place and discover something new without walking. 

Points: 50 Mapping Badge by: Geography Awareness Week
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

Map stories

Ask some people who have moved to your local area the story of why they moved there. 

Points: 50 Story-teller Badge 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

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

ID a problem

Identify a problem that faces young people in your area: homelessness, kids without school supplies, lack of playgrounds or another issue. 

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

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
Anywhere mission

Invisible maze

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...

Points: 50 Mapping 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

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