National Geographic’s Virtual Take Your Kid to Work Day

Jennifer Adler shares stories and photographs of sponges during her virtual Explorer Classroom episode on Zoom. April 23, 2020.

While it may feel like every day lately has been Take Your Kid to Work Day, the official day was Thursday, April 23, and National Geographic celebrated virtually with staff and their families around the world!

Gabrielle Corradino virtually taught kids about plankton and marine life on Zoom. April 23, 2020.

In an exclusive live virtual conversation just for Nat Geo families, Explorer and ecologist Gabrielle Corradino shared her passion for marine science, organism behavior, and education. Gabrielle taught kids all about plankton, and she revealed that when she was a kid, it was marine biologist and fellow Nat Geo Explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle who inspired her to want to grow up and be a scientist!

Families brought their creativity and imagination to a Weird But True at-home scavenger hunt! Nat Geo Kids Editor Becky Baines led kids on an adventure as they searched for items around their house and learned some crazy facts along the way. Items included in the scavenger hunt were past birthday gifts, something stinky, something lost in their couch cushions, and something really old… not including their parents!

Jennifer Adler, an underwater photojournalist and conservation photographer, led a special Explorer Classroom session for families.

National Geographic Society’s Explorer Classroom sessions let students interact live with scientists, conservationists, and explorers around the globe. As communities around the world are exploring new ways of teaching and learning at home, live broadcasts of Explorer Classroom are available every weekday to bring exploration to life for students.

Jennifer shared stories about sponges (the animal!), which are her favorite underwater subject. She also shared photographs from a sponge farm in Zanzibar, along with facts about sponges, like how they eat!

Besides these virtual live events, many National Geographic families participated in the Earth Day Neighborhood Safari as a way to connect with the amazing wildlife of our planet.

Families designed their own “safari stop” with the resources available on the new family resource site NatGeo@Home. Using the #NatGeoEarthDayatHome hashtag on social media, families posted their safari pictures and National Geographic created a feed of “safari art” to help bring neighborhoods together all over the world.