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Learning More Through Less

The Royal College of Art (RCA) is an art and design institution situated in west London, across from Hyde Park and next to the majestic Royal Albert Hall. The school’s courses include everything from Architecture to Fashion to Service Design to Animation, but the program that I’m most closely affiliated with is called Information Experience Design…

The Illustrated Journey of Oregon’s Famous Wolf OR-7

In 2012, Wolf OR-7 became the first known wild wolf to enter California in 88 years. Now a beautifully illustrated map tells his story.

What Maps Really Show

I often find myself thinking that maps are experiencing a resurgence. But to be fair, that’s an exaggeration, because mapping has never been out of style. World maps have been around since 6000 BC (some would argue even earlier). So while the human fascination with maps hasn’t changed, what has shifted through the ages are…

London’s History Of Mapping

Every weekend, Londoners stream out of their homes and visit the city’s many markets: long stretches of street (off-limits to cars) teeming with stalls of all types of delicious food, trendy clothes, and quirky trinkets. This past weekend, while strolling through one of these markets, I happened upon a booth selling some lovely prints of…

Five Months Illustrated on Maps

LONDON–Lately I’ve been considering subtle ways of communicating more qualitative information in the maps that I’m making. For each group of participants I have (representing a different type of relationship), I’d like to have a separate map background that represents some aspect of the tone, vibe, or feeling of the relationship being portrayed.

Mapping and Protecting the Biggest Cat in the Americas

The once unassailable jaguar now survives in a few pockets throughout North and South America. Explore an interactive map to reveal the corridors that connect these populations and are key to their livelihood. Then join us for a Google+ Hangout to explore the world of big cats for yourself.

October 26, 2014: Give a Turtle CPR, Climb Yosemite’s Most Iconic Peaks, and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they climb all of the world’s tallest mountains, write travel stories, pack for a purpose, give a turtle CPR, set records in the Yosemite Valley, find early humans where you don’t expect to, map the Earth, the oceans and Mars, and harvest GMOs.

Interactive Map: Untamed Patagonia

In the heart of Patagonia, the legendary land of wildness, fierce winds, and hardy gauchos, a new national park is underway. Based in a tent at the bottom of the earth, cartographers Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue set out to create maps that bring the place and its mission to life.

The Greater London National Park* Opens

“There is this idea that a National Park has to be remote and rural, but cities are incredibly important habitats too.” Daniel Raven-Ellison describes his project to change the way people look at cities.

Google Street View Reveals Grand Canyon

You’ve used Google’s Street View to navigate unfamiliar cities. Now, you can use it to explore a river. Today, Google, in partnership with American Rivers, is launching the Colorado River Street View. The imagery features the iconic Grand Canyon — 286 miles of the river, from Lee’s Ferry to Pearce Ferry. It marks the first…

2013 — A Cartographic Recap

It’s that time of year—a time to reflect on how our world has changed over the past 365 days. There are many ways to gauge such changes, but none more tangible than comparing National Geographic maps published in 2012 to those published this year. Changes have been many: from the renaming of the west African…

Two Young Explorers Create First Map of the Future Patagonia National Park

For Young Explorers Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue, the past nine months have been a journey of energy, frustration, sweat, cold, wind, laughs, scree, sore feet, an icy tent, warm sleeping bags, a lot of lamb stew, hard work, failure, perseverance, and success.

An Explorer’s Top 5 iPhone Apps for Adventure

National Geographic Young Explorer Jay Simpson shares his Top 5 iPhone Apps for Adventure— what are yours?

Hike Like A Pro: Avoid Hiking Woes With Tips From Andrew Skurka

The sweltering summer is loosening its grip and pretty soon we’ll be welcoming fall’s foliage. It’s an ideal time to take a hike, but whether you’re a hiking aficionado that ventures out for long distances, or a novice that wants to take a day trip, it’s important to prepare. National Geographic Weekend spoke with hiking…

Guests Across The Globe: Six Months of 2013 NG Weekend Interviews

We’re halfway through the year and what better way to map our progress than to, well, map the many guests we’ve had on National Geographic Weekend since the ball dropped back in January?