Who We Are

The Idaho Geographic Alliance is an organization within the National Geographic Alliance Network and was initiated in 2010. The Idaho Geographic Alliance 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

Dr. Karen Humes                                    Michelle Howard
Coordinator                                              Co-Coordinator
Idaho Geographic Alliance           idahogeogall@gmail.com
University of Idaho
Department of Geography
Moscow, ID 83844

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.

Idaho Alliance News

Announcing the Idaho Geographic Alliance Summer 2018 Geo-Inquiry Workshop

For Idaho Middle School/Jr. High Teachers
June 25 – 27, 2018
Idaho Geographic Alliance – University of Idaho
National Geographic Education Foundation and Alliance Programs
Rexburg, Idaho
Click here for Teacher Information and Application

Click here for Workshop Flyer

• The workshop offers a unique opportunity for teachers to learn and teach the National Geographic sponsored Geo-Inquiry Process, an intensive 5 step experience of asking and answering geographic questions in order to make a difference in the world.

• The Geo-Inquiry Process is grounded in geographic principles, but is cross-curricular and offers students the opportunity to understand complex and dynamic human, cultural, social, technological and natural Earth systems.

• Teachers will spend 2 ½ days and 2 nights in Rexburg Idaho, experiencing a combination of classroom training and outdoors/community field work, culminating in the opportunity to share their Geo-Inquiry stories.

• The Idaho Geographic Alliance will financially support 20 educators, with free workshop tuition, free lodging and meals, and free mileage to and from Rexburg. There will also be an opportunity to receive 2 Professional Development credits through the University of Idaho.

• Participants will be selected by application – candidates will describe their desire and opportunity to fully implement the geo-inquiry process. Participants will also reflect geographic representation over Idaho.

National Geographic information Geo-Inquiry Programs

Geo-Inquiry Teacher Ambassador  Sharee Barton’s Amazing Geo-Inquiry Project: 

2018 Update: Madison Middle School Geo-Inquiry Project!

“My students and I are beyond excited to share with you our capstone video for this year’s Geo-Inquiry project. Last summer, my colleague, Ryan Durfee, and I were invited to attend a National Geographic Summer Seminar where Geo-Inquiry was introduced. While in Washington D.C. I could feel the energy and value of the design but had no idea the far-reaching effects this journey would extend to my students. Geo-Inquiry has not only enhanced our geographic lenses, but we’ve learned amazing academic and personal skills as well.” – Sharee Barton

Watch the classroom’s awesome video

        Sharee Barton and her Madison Middle School Geo-Inquiry Project

Visit the classroom website at http://skipthebag.weebly.com/

Never too young to love Geography!    Naples Elementary School Kindergarten class learn about mapping with  the Giant Traveling Map

Molly Cochell, Teacher – “We taught an introduction to maps in kindergarten during the”Giant Map” visit. Walking on the map, finding where we live and other special places in Idaho made the learning fun and seem very important. The students are still talking about maps and playing with maps in the blocks building center, pretending to work with a globe and keyboard in dramatic play, and noticing things and writing on a map of our school. One student brought in a map of Schweitzer Ski Resort trails to share with the class the following week.”

First and Third Grade had fun too!

1st Grade – Michael Wold, Teacher – “The giant map inspired the 1st graders to learn more about where we live. It also helped them understand how expansive the state of Idaho really is.”
3rd Grade – Kylee Guthrie, Teacher – “Since a 3rd grade social studies standard is map skills, we were able to engage in real life with the grid system. Students were able to locate place on the map based on the grid system. They enjoyed being able to interact with such a large scale map.”

From Our Alliance Network

Join the Photo Ark Challenge

Conservation is a team effort, and we need your help! With our Photo Ark classroom activities, empowering your students to spread the word about species extinction just got easier. Students of all grade levels can participate in the Photo Ark Challenge, and standout conservation solutions will be featured on our website.

How to Think Like a Geographer

The National Humanities Center recently published a podcast entitled “How to Think Like a Geographer.” In it, Edward Kinman (Virginia AC and professor of geography at Longwood University) and Megan Webster (Social Studies Department Chair at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas) discuss how geography helps students understand the world more fully.

The podcast was produced as part of an NHC project that aims to articulate the process of thinking and learning in 10 distinct humanities disciplines, including geography.

New Ways to Explore with Google Earth

Did you hear the news? National Geographic has teamed up with Google Earth so you can show your students the world without leaving the classroom. Check out our free educational resources and join Nat Geo Explorers such as Paul Salopek in the field with map-based stories. See why other educators use these resources to empower our next generation of explorers. (Photo Credit: Enric Sala)

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