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  • Writer's pictureTrudi Trueit

Have You Joined the Academy?

On October 9th and 10th, thousands of students across the U.S, as well as Canada, China, and the UK, officially became Explorer Academy recruits! From classrooms to libraries to bookstores,13 renowned National Geographic explorers, including NASA scientists Rae Wynn-Grant and Jennifer W. Lopez, led 28 different events as part of Explorer Academy Recruitment Day!

The explorers shared their path, passions, and visions to help inspire the next generation of innovators. Dr. Wynn-Grant was featured on WJLA's Good Morning Washington in Washington DC's to talk about her experiences as a bear conservationist, as well as discuss Explorer Academy! You can watch her full interview HERE.

In Seattle, I had the privilege of sharing the stage at two schools with National Geographic explorer, photographer, and eco-health researcher, Gemina Garland-Lewis. Gemina related some exciting stories about her adventures, like interviewing whalers in the Azores and Seattle's homeless about their pets. I got to speak about the inspiration behind Explorer Academy (the real explorers of NG, of course), the characters from the book, and spill a few secrets from the next novel. We had a great time signing maps and books, and meeting the students at Decatur and West Woodland elementary schools.

Thanks to everyone who participated in EA Recruitment Day. Now get out there and explore!


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