Nat Geo: Celebrating Women’s History Month

National Geographic Education Newsletter
Celebrating Women’s History Month

Women around the world are pioneering discovery and working to protect and illuminate the wonders of our world. This month, learn more about a few of the trailblazing women supported by the National Geographic Society, including Jennie M Warmouth.

Jennie’s National Geographic Society-funded project connects her second-grade students with the stories of orphaned American black bear cubs receiving lifesaving care at Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), a non-profit companion animal shelter and wildlife rehabilitation center in Lynnwood, Washington.

Warmouth leads her students in studying the developmental milestones that the bears will need to achieve before their wild release and helps find meaningful ways to support their rehabilitation. Her students wear American black bear hats as an imaginative way to “think like a bear” as they conduct their research and role-play the veterinarians at PAWS who wear bear suits while taking care of the orphaned cubs.

Find other ways to get your students involved in the conversation around conservation, geo-inquiry, and scientific thinking with this blog post.
Women Explorers in the field.
Rebecca Kormos and Katarina Almeida Warren examine the stone “tools”
used by the chimpanzees of Bossou to crack palm nuts.
Photo by Kalyanee Mam 
Nat Geo in the Classroom
Female Trailblazers: Thinking Like Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall is a world-famous ethnologist and conservationist. She was the first to document tool-use in chimpanzees, a novel finding at the time. She was also one of the first pop-culture scientist-communicators, before Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, or Neil deGrasse Tyson.

From her work, scientists have discovered tool-use behaviors in several other animal species. Use the ideas in this activity to help your students think like an Explorer as they analyze animals, ecosystems, and habitats.
On Demand: Virtual Field Trip “Women Pushing Boundaries”

Travel to the Ganges River in India, explore the coast of California, and zip around the globe to discover how National Geographic’s female Explorers are pushing boundaries, making history, and pioneering research that protects our planet. Your students can explore the world from the comfort of your classroom in this special Women’s History Month Virtual Field Trip video.
Rosa Vásquez Espinoza, National Geographic Explorer, biochemist and molecular biologist, holding lab equipment.
Photo by Ana Elisa Sotelo 

View the Women in STEM Collection

The resources in this collection show how women around the world are defying these limitations and pursuing STEM careers to make a difference in their communities.

Explore articles, videos and classroom content featuring female Explorers – designed for learners in grades 5-12.
Education Highlights

Women in the Field: 5 Female Explorers Working with Wildlife

The National Geographic Society supports the work of female Explorers across a wide variety of industries and fields of study, including biology and conservation. As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, take a moment to learn more about five female National Geographic Explorers who are working to protect wildlife populations and the habitats they call home.

Explore the World Water Map

The National Geographic Society’s World Water Map — part of the newly launched World Freshwater Initiative (WFI) — tracks every drop of water in the world, and where it’s going, to help answer questions about water supply and demand

To acknowledge World Water Day, you and your class can explore locations, including your own, to see water gaps and water demands.