Idaho Geographic Alliance

Idaho Geographic Alliance activities have been temporarily suspended until more grant support can be identified. In the meantime, National Geographic Society is engaged in outreach activities via its Educator Network. If you are interested in geographic education in Idaho, please contact Chris Hines, Regional Director: or by phone at 202-807-3873

Who We Are
The Idaho Geographic Alliance is an organization within the National Geographic Alliance Network and was initiated in 2010.  Idaho-Geo is comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders, including educators, GIS experts, college faculty, and community members.  Our home base is at the University of Idaho Department of Geography

Our Mission
The Idaho Geographic Alliance fosters geographic education by empowering teachers, students and communities with the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to be geographically literate in the 21st century.



Educational Resources

The Idaho Geographic Alliance offers a wide range of online resources for our teachers and students to become geographically informed through knowledge and mastery of factual knowledge, mental maps and tools, and ways of thinking.


Geo-Inquiry Initiative: The Geo-Inquiry Process is a five-step method designed to teach the skills necessary to think and reason geographically, and includes asking Geo-Inquiry Questions, acquiring geographic information, organizing and analyzing information, and using the information to answer Geo-Inquiry Questions for informed action.

Giant Map Initiative: National Geographic Society has gifted all 50 states and the District of Columbia with a free classroom size map of their state using the expertise of National Geographic’s Cartographic Division and research on elementary spatial thinking.

BioBlitz Initiative: A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place.


The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Students from 10,000 schools across the United States will competed in the May 2018 National Geographic Bee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion. The Idaho State Geographic Bee is hosted each year by BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, ID.