An exclusive, family-friendly program that’s smart fun for kids and teens
Watch kids develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge of an explorer.
Developed in conjunction with National Geographic Education, this unique program helps kids and teens under 18 get more out of exploring and have more fun, too. On every Galápagos, Alaska, Baja—and now Antarctica—expedition, kids and teens choose cool activities, from earning a Zodiac “driver’s license” to recording wildlife sightings in their Field Notebook. Each one is designed to help them see and do more.
Go with National Geographic certified field educators
Kids benefit from naturalists who are specially trained as National Geographic field educators. They optimize daily “In the Field" activities to prompt kids to watch out for a particular item, like a creature with scales or a giant coral head on land, then record their observations in their Field Notebook. Kids also take part in a variety of fun activities: snorkeling with sea lions in Galápagos and Baja, identifying whale flukes in Alaska, or kayaking with penguins in Antarctica. Parents and grandparents see kids connecting with nature and learning in new ways. Kids are given room to use their creativity to tell stories about the unique things they see and do through photos, videos, music, and drawing. It helps develop their observation skills and they go home with new skills, knowledge, and confidence.
A Day in the Life of a National Geographic Global Explorer
7:00 AM | Up on the Sundeck
Hop into a Zodiac, zip along the shore, and then hike in search of wildlife and strange and interesting plant life. In Alaska, spot a bald eagle fishing. In Galápagos, observe sunbathing marine iguanas. In Baja, get up close with baby gray whales. And in Antarctica, search for leopard seals resting on the ice. Snap photos with your smartphone and jot notes in your Field Notebook.
10:00 AM | Microscopic Exploration
Drop a net over the side of your Zodiac to collect plankton, then check it under a video microscope to see how it looks and moves.
1:00 PM | Video Shoot
After lunch, meet your Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor or the ship’s video chronicler in the Lounge and get some tips on how to create impressive slow-motion and timelapse videos, then test out those new skills in the field.
2:00 PM | License to Explore
Time to drive! Learn to operate a Zodiac and earn your license. (Sorry adults, kids only.)
4:00 PM | Wildlife List
Before dinner, meet up in the lounge to go over all the wildlife you saw and mark it down in your Field Notebook. Be sure to include creatures big and small—from humpback whales in Alaska to tiny krill in Antarctica. Add the day’s points to your tally so that you can keep track of your progress on becoming certified as a National Geographic Global Explorer.
8:00 PM | Night Sky
After dinner, head to the top deck to watch the stars come out as the sun goes down. Find new constellations with the help of your naturalists and make notes of them.
Having direct access to a naturalist was a real bonus. We could ask questions whenever we wanted and I got to learn about what I was interested in.
Bridget Goldberg, National Geographic Global Explorer in Alaska
Global Explorers Program Destinations
New in Antarctica! National Geographic Global Explorers comes to the White Continent this season. Alongside our enthusiastic certified field educators, kids will learn the coolest facts about this very cool part of the world—from penguin behaviors, to why whales migrate and how glaciers work.
When 9-year-old Sophie first visited the Galápagos islands, it left such an impression on her that she was inspired to raise money to support conservation efforts there—first with small fundraising efforts, and eventually by founding her own nonprofit organization.
Give your kids a breath of fresh Alaska! Our exclusive family program is the only one of its kind in Alaska travel. Developed in conjunction with National Geographic Education, it’s designed to help kids and teens develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge of an explorer. And most of all—it delivers glacier-sized fun! Here are just some of the amazing activities they can do on your memory-making family expedition.
Hi! I’m Mika (that’s pronounced M-eee-ka!) and I‘m 9 years old. A few months ago, my parents and I had the chance to visit a beautiful and wild place called Baja. We saw so many amazing things like whales breaching, dolphins playing in the water around our ship, and a sky filled with hundreds of sparkling stars.