Vacation your way with National Geographic

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By Anika Shah

Have you ever wanted to take a trip, but without the hassle of transportation and accommodation? National Geographic is introducing a new program to encourage people to tap into their inner explorer with planned trips to some of the country’s most beautiful and underrated places. What makes National Geographic’s Summer of Adventure so unique is that people can experience the trip at their own pace, virtually or in person.

While tours to Yellowstone and Monterey Bay National Parks are available, one of the most achievable locations for Florida residents is the Everglades.

Jenny Aguilar, vice president of National Geographic Education, commented, “Everglades National Park is just over 200 miles from Tampa, so it could be a fun weekend adventure or even a day trip. daytime. This road trip is a great opportunity for families who reside in Tampa to experience the natural wonders of their state.

While you are driving or enjoying nature virtually, young people can follow along with dynamic content. From games to short videos of National Geographic explorers, the variety of content engages students with relevant information such as native origins and local wildlife.

Aguilar explained, “The more than 30 activities included in the trip to Everglades National Park can take up to an hour each, with opportunities to ‘explore more’.

Aguilar believes the highlight of the trip is the Book Quest, where “readers can find clues in the book, Strange birds by Celia Pérez, who help them embark on a series of challenges connecting them to the characters, engaging them in the plot of the story and activating the state of mind of their inner explorer.

Although designed as a summer road trip, the content will be available throughout the year for educators and students.

Ultimately, Aguilar says the purpose of summer road adventures is twofold: to keep students engaged during the summer and to help them connect with nature.

“We believe that every child is an explorer at heart and we wanted to create content that helps cultivate empathy for the land, allowing them to connect with the natural world and human history and culture in meaningful ways. “said Aguilar.

For more information and content, visit natgeo.org/education.


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