National Geographic Bee Registration

School registration for the 25th annual Bee is now open. Since the National Geographic Bee made its debut in 1989, millions of American school children have competed in this annual geography contest. Schools with any of the grades four through eight are eligible to participate. Principals must register the school. The fee is $100 before the deadline of October 15, 2012, and $120 from that date until December 14, 2012. Schools receive the questions and other materials needed to conduct their Bee. The national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands. For detailed information and registration instructions, visit

Watch the winning moment from the national finals of the 2012 National Geographic Bee:



Summer Travel Opportunities for Educators

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO), a non-profit organization that designs professional development travel programs for educators, is offering several travel opportunities during the summer of 2012. Destinations are India/Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand/Laos/Cambodia, China, Russia/Mongolia/China, Egypt, Turkey (8 days), Turkey (15 days), South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Botswana, Morocco, Argentina/Uruguay/Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, and Costa Rica. The trips are 8 to 24 days in length. Three hours of graduate school credit are available through Indiana University. Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at the GEEO website.

Peruvian Rainforest Workshop for Teachers

K-12 teachers and environmental educators are eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship to help offset the cost of an Amazon rainforest workshop in Peru, June 29–July 8, 2012. The workshop is organized by Environmental Expeditions. Participants will join group leader Donna Krabill from the Norfolk Botanical Garden, biologist Steve Madigosky from Widener University, and entomologist Randy Morgan from the Cincinnati Zoo. Land cost is $1,850 ($850 for scholarship recipients), plus air. An optional Machu Picchu trip is also offered. Academic credit is available. Scholarship applications are due by March 8. Open registration continues through May. For the complete trip itinerary, registration instructions, and the scholarship application, please visit the Travel2Learn website.

African American History Month

African American Union Soldier

An unidentified Civil War soldier in a Union uniform with his wife and two daughters. Photo: Library of Congress.

February marks the annual celebration of African American History Month in the United States. The Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum joined forces to create an African American History Month website which recognizes the many contributions of African Americans.

The theme for the 2012 celebration is “Black Women in American Culture and History.” The website presents features on slavery, the Civil Rights struggle, politics, African American culture and folklife, and arts and music. A special section provides resources and primary documents that are of special interest to educators.

To mark the month, the Census Bureau also compiled population statistics about the country’s black population.

Geography Education Sessions at the AAG Annual Meeting

The Geography Education Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) is sponsoring an impressive array of sessions and presentations at AAG’s Annual Meeting in New York City, February 24-28, 2012. If you are planning to attend the meeting, you may be interested in attending some of these geography education sessions. You can preview the complete list of GESG sessions and abstracts.