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

Macro photograph a micro world

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? 

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

Protect your heritage

Try to identify the oldest thing (it could be a person!) in your neighborhood. Start a campaign to have it protected forever.

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

See your neighborhood as if you just moved in

Can you ‘notice’ three things that you’ve never observed before within a 5 minute walk of your home? 

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

Ghost wood

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? 

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

Flower power

Plant some beautiful flowers or start a community garden to make a neglected place more beautiful. 

Points: 50 Take action! Badge 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

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

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

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

Flash dance!

Create a mashed-up and cross cultural dance routine that reveals how water is important to different people across the world. Flash perform your dance somewhere people would least expect it!

Points: 50 Freshwater Explorer 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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