Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced the launch of National Global Explorers, an exploration based family program designed to inspire the next generation of explorers. Designed in conjunction with National Geographic Education, kids and teens will be able to join in activities - science, exploring and storytelling - adapted to their age for maximum enjoyment and engagement.
From earning their Zodiac “driver’s license” to “Spot It” infield activities to locate and observe wildlife, and storytelling challenges where children learn how to create slow motion and time lapse videos with a National Geographic certified photo instructor, activities have been planned to develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge of explorers age 18 and under.
Operating under the “We Are Explorers” brand – a structure based on the National Geographic Educational Learning Framework, the program will be staffed by Lindblad naturalists specially trained and certified as National Geographic certified field educators.
National Geographic Global Explorers will be organized into two phases: independent experiences and group experiences with a field educator. In the first phase, explorers will be encouraged to utilize “field notebooks” to mimic the research scientists conduct in the field, maps to keep track of the itinerary, wildlife checklists and more. During this phase, “storytelling challenges” will help them share their experiences from the day – independently or collaboratively - and via different mediums, including photos, videos, journaling, music and maps.
The program will launch in Galapagos this June aboard Lindblad’s new 96-guest National Geographic Endeavour ll and 48-guest National Geographic Islander.