National Geographic Live!

Our National Geographic Live! Student Matinees bring the same world-class speakers from our mainstage subscription series together with your students. Bring a group of student leaders in grades 6, 7, and 8 to meet National Geographic explorers, ask them questions, participate in related extension activities, and bring knowledge back to your school.

National Geographic Live! Student Matinees at held at Artscape Daniels Launchpad. Each event takes place from approximately 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Students attend in groups of 5-15 accompanied by a teacher chaperone, and are asked to bring their own lunches.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Mark Synnott
Life on the Vertical
Mark Synnott is a man ever on the brink of new discovery. A big wall rock climber of the highest order, he’s made legendary first ascents of some of the world’s tallest, most forbidding walls, from Baffin Island to Pakistan. Today, he uses his skills to break scientific ground, reaching incredibly inaccessible environments in search of rare species. It’s all in the spirit of adventure and exploration in order to educate about these sites of strange, remote beauty.
Curricular Connections: Geography and geographical features, biodiversity, rare species, leadership

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Tim Laman and Cheryl Knott
Adventures Among Orangutans
Solitary animals living in hard-to-reach places, orangutans are one of the most difficult large land animals to study. Since 1992, husband-and-wife team Cheryl Knott and Tim Laman have been combining innovative new techniques with old fashioned fieldwork to gain a better understanding of this intelligent, resourceful—and threatened—species, giving us insights not only into their world, but also our own.
Curricular Connections: Photography, Geography, Endangered Species, Conservation

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Kakani Katija
Designed by Nature
As a child, Kakani Katija dreamed of being an astronaut. She trained as an aerospace engineer but eventually became captivated by an even less explored environment than space: our Earth’s oceans. As a bioengineer, instead of searching space for signs of life, she studies the waters that are teeming with it. Katija hopes to illuminate the twilight zones of the ocean—its little explored midwaters—with technology inspired by the creatures who live in it.
Curricular Connections: Underwater Species, Design and Engineering, STEAM

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Shannon WIld
Pursuit of the Black Panther
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be changing our last speaker of the series to Shannon Wild. We are scheduled to make the announcement at 11AM this morning and we will also be noting it from the stage at the upcoming NGL next weekend.

Some information about our new speaker: Shannon Wild, Photographer & Cinematographer
Wildlife photographer and cinematographer Shannon Wild is a passionate conservationist who lives in Africa but works wherever the wildlife calls. In her 15 years documenting wildlife, she’s been pinned by a cheetah, charged by an elephant, lions, and buffalo, and bitten countless times by snakes and lizards.

But her most recent assignment might prove her most difficult yet: producing a documentary about a rare black panther – the only one living in 250 square miles of dense forest in southern India. Get an inside look at the challenges and dangers of tackling an assignment in an unforgiving environment, from the narrow dirt roads to extreme weather to unexpected injuries – and worse.
Curricular Connections: Geography (Rivers), Conservation, Leadership