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April 2011 Issue
New Compass newsletter
New beta website
New interactive mapping tool
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Featured Resource
NEW National Geographic Education Website
National Geographic Education invites you to visit our new beta website, NatGeoEd.org. Our redesigned site includes features for families, which will make geography come alive—at home or in the community. Explore beautiful National Geographic photography and film, a growing reference library to support student homework and research, an interactive mapping portal, and this new Compass newsletter (formerly My Wonderful World). We will continue to roll out new features based on feedback—please tell us what you think for chances to win prizes!

Current Event Connection
Japan: 2011 Earthquake
Get resources to help your family understand the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the tsunami that struck Japan.
 
Celebrate
Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day, an annual event that raises awareness of the need to protect Earth's natural resources for future generations.
 

Featured Content
Map
MapMaker Interactive
Jump into geographic investigations with the interactive student atlas, a new tool from Nat Geo Ed.
Article
Wild Things
There are many dangers associated with keeping exotic animals as pets; learn why from experts.
Cartoon
What Is Geography?
Do you know what geography is, really? Find out in this four-page graphic novella.
Travel
Teen Trips With Nat Geo!
This summer, follow in the footsteps of National Geographic photographers, writers, and scientists.
Featured Opportunities
Student Contest
Compete in ThinkQuest
Win a laptop, a trip to San Francisco, and cash for your school!
Student Contest
Tell your Environmental Education Week story, April 1–May 31.
Celebrate Environmental Education Week April 10–16; tell your story.

Hot Topics
Big Cats
Ocean
Arbor Day
White House

Website Favorites
Activities & Projects
Reference & News
Mapping
Multimedia

More to Explore
And the Winner Is…
Find out which school won the Find Your Footprint Contest. Thanks for voting—keep thinking green!
 
Nautilus Patch Contest
Design a crew patch for the explorers on Bob Ballard's ship! Learn more.
 

Soundbytes
Geographic Quote
"Nature does nothing uselessly."
—Aristotle
 
Reader Comment
We want to hear from you! Please take a brief survey about our new beta site, and we'll post one open-ended comment here each month.
 
Poll
Nat Geo Knows!

Watch each of the three videos in the Nat Geo Knows series highlighting our new beta website, and tell us which one is your favorite!
We'll share the results next month.
 
 
 
Photographs courtesy the National Environmental Education Foundation (Enter the Photo Blog Contest), Mark Thiessen (Activities & Projects), Mary Crooks (Reference & News), Michael Nichols (Multimedia), Institute for Exploration (Nautilus Patch Contest).

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