WASHINGTON (Sept. 26, 2011)—Promoting hands-on exploration among America’s youth, National Geographic Kids magazine is looking for tomorrow’s great explorers to take part in its 2012 National Geographic Kids Hands-On Explorer Challenge. National Geographic Kids magazine will select 15 young explorers to experience the field trip of a lifetime — a 10-day expedition to the state of Montana — with National Geographic and local experts as their guides. This is the first time that the Hands-On Explorer expedition will take place in the United States.
National Geographic Kids Hands-On Explorer Challenge, now in its sixth year, is an essay and photo competition for kids ages 9-14. More than 12,000 entries have been received since the program’s inception, with past expeditions taking winners to the Galápagos Islands (2006), South Africa (2007), Australia (2008), Peru (2009) and the Cayman Islands (2011). This year’s expedition is scheduled to embark in July 2012.
Winners will fly from their hometowns to Montana to experience the spectacular landscape and culture of the state. Activities will include learning the unique way Native Americans at the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park hunt, taking a boat ride tour and guided hike along trails in Glacier National Park and floating down the scenic Missouri River. The Hands-On Explorers will learn about the amazing places they visit and receive tips from National Geographic experts on how to capture their experiences in photographs and words.
“National Geographic Kids magazine is thrilled that this year’s Hands-On Explorer Challenge will expose kids to the beauty, culture and environmental diversity and challenges within the continental United States,” said Melina Bellows, executive vice president and chief creative officer of National Geographic Books, Kids and Family. “This is a tremendous opportunity to inspire tomorrow’s explorers to care about the planet.”
To enter the Hands-On Explorer Challenge, kids must write an original personal essay of no more than 300 words telling National Geographic Kids magazine how they explore their world and what it is about exploration that inspires and excites them. They must also take a photograph of what, where or how they explore the subject of their essay. The essay and the photograph must each be a single work of original material created by the contest entrant. By entering the contest, the entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submitted essay and photograph are original works created solely by the entrant and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the essay or photograph.
The contest is open to all legal residents of the United States and Canada (excluding residents of Quebec) who are ages 9-14 as of July 1, 2012. A panel of National Geographic experts will select the 15 winners. Each winner will bring a parent or guardian on the expedition.
No purchase is necessary to enter the competition. Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 7, 2012, and received by Jan. 15, 2012. Complete rules and details are online at kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/contests/explorer-trip-2012/.
About National Geographic Kids Magazine and Website
National Geographic Kids, an award-winning, photo-driven magazine for 6- to 14-year-olds, empowers its readers by making it fun to learn about the world. Published 10 times a year, National Geographic Kids has a circulation of 1.2 million and is available by subscription in print and on tablets. Its award-winning website (kids.nationalgeographic.com) aims to inspire children to care about the planet and its inhabitants and covers a multitude of topics, including animals, entertainment, science, technology, current events and cultures from around the world.