Who We Are

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: chines@ngs.org or by phone at 202-807-3873

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

We had an outstanding experience at the Idaho Geographic Alliance Summer 2018                                                      Geo-Inquiry Workshop, June 25-27 in Rexburg Idaho

For Idaho Middle School/Jr. High Teachers

Our workshop offered 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.

Idaho’s two teacher ambassadors (Sharee Barton and Ryan Durfee from Madison Middle School) did a fantastic job teaching the 5 Geo-Inquiry steps and our teacher participants practiced being geo-inquiry students, learning the steps, and thinking about how to implement Geo-Inquiry in their classrooms during the next school year.



Take a look at Sharee Barton’s Geo-Inquiry “Skip the Bag” Project completed with her Madison Middle School 4th grade class.  Watch the video.

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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