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

Registration for the 2018 National Geographic Bee is Now Open!

The Nat Geo Bee is an annual geography competition for students at the school, state, and national levels where students in grades 4-8 compete for a chance to win up to $50,000 in college scholarships. While students study for the Bee, they learn about the world, its people, and important historical events.
Register your school today and check out our Kahoot! quizzes to get your class excited for the challenge.

For information about the Idaho State Bee please click here to view the BYU-Rexburg website


$1100 Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest PD Workshop
Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest

The July 1-11, 2018 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use:

  • 21st Century Instruction: 5E Lesson Design ~ Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ NGSS ~ STEM
  • Inquiry Protocols & Resources: Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ~ & More!
  • Global and Cultural Perspectives: Service Learning ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education

Work side-by-side with scientists and researchers on citizen science projects and field studies on the ACTSPeru Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the world’s most biologically diverse environments.

Explore conservation and sustainability via hands-on workshops with indigenous communities.

Spend a day in an Amazon village and explore the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children.

Work with fellow educators and develop strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating standards-based inquiry, STEM, and sustainability education into your classroom.

$1100 scholarship deadline February 1, 2018. With a scholarship, Academy Program fees are $1395 + air. Space is limited to 30 educators – Register early to secure your spot!

Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at: www.amazonworkshops.com/educator-academy

Contact Educator Academy Director, Christa Dillabaugh, for more information:
Email: christa@amazonworkshops.com // phone: 1-800-431-2624.


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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