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April 2012 Issue
National Environmental Education Week
Titanic 100th Anniversary
Earth Day & Arbor Day
National Geographic Bee Finalists

Featured Resource
Environmental Education Week April 15–21
In recognition of the national priority placed on developing skills in science, mathematics, and related fields, the 2012 Environmental Education Week (EE Week) theme is Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st-Century Learning.

To support this year's EE Week campaign, we have created a Geography Connections tool kit to help students explore Earth's physical systems and human population dynamics. Additionally, our Schoolyard Bioblitz tool kit provides resources for developing project-based field research into local biodiversity.

We hope you find these materials useful for getting students excited about science and the environment—students are the innovators who will preserve our planet for future generations!

Current-Event Connection
Titanic 100th Anniversary
Contextualize one of the greatest maritime tragedies in history for your students with our collection of multimedia resources.
Upcoming Event
Global Youth Service Day
View a map of service projects around the world, and get everything you need to start your own initiative April 20–22.

Featured Content
  Special Collection
Think Green
This collection is designed to support teaching conservation, biodiversity, and other environmental education concepts around Earth Day.
Putting Waste to Work
Discover how ecological sanitation is turning poop into fertilizer and combating poverty and environmental degradation in Haiti.
Juan Martinez
As a high school student, Juan chose Eco Club over detention; now he helps other kids from urban communities experience nature.
  Satellite Image Gallery
Earth's Physical Features
From sand dunes to mountains, lagoons to fjordlands, visualize some of the planet's most fascinating formations.
Featured Opportunities
  Titanic Map Discount
Get a limited-time educator discount on this double-sided Titanic map featuring diagrams and photos; also available laminated.
  National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide
Celebrate Earth Day by exploring a natural treasure with this guide created in partnership with the National Park Service.

Hot Topics
Arbor Day
National Frog Month
"Spring Training"
National Poetry Month

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Get Involved
Teaching Resources

More to Explore
National Geographic Explorer
Make your classroom a 21st-century classroom with new, robust, interactive magazines available as apps on Apple and Android. Visit to subscribe.
Geo Bee Finalists
Fifty-four state winners tasted glory on March 30; in May they will travel to National Geographic headquarters to compete for the national title. Meet the finalists!

Sound Bites
Geographic Quote
"If you preach to the choir [of environmentalists], you only get so far. If you appeal to a different audience, you can get real, drastic change."
—Juan Martinez, environmentalist and educator
Reader Comment
"More short videos on more topics would be great!! As a social studies teacher of 9 and 10 year olds, embedding small videos into lessons and PowerPoints really brings a whole new life to the geography content and grabs students' interest."
— website visitor
How are you teaching about Earth Day?
Take our poll and we'll share the results next month.
Photographs courtesy Raymond Wong (Image), National Geographic Live! (Video), National Geographic Kids (Download), National Geographic FieldScope (Environmental Education Week April 15–21), F. G. O. Stuart (Titanic 100th Anniversary), Youth Serve America (Global Youth Service Day), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Think Green), National Geographic Live! (Putting Waste to Work), Conrad Anker (Juan Martinez), GeoEye Foundation (Earth's Physical Features), National Geographic Maps (Titanic Map Discount), National Geographic Books (National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide), Andy Rivero, My Shot (Arbor Day), Andy Rivero, My Shot (National Frog Month), Project Budburst (Get Involved), National Geographic Maps (Mapping), Mark Thiessen, NGS (Teaching Resources), Michael Nichols (Media), Geographic Explorer (National Geographic Explorer), National Geographic Bee (Geo Bee Finalists), Mary Crooks (Geographic Quote), Gluzberg, My Shot (Reader Comment).

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