Geography Awareness Week

Welcome to Geography Awareness Week! Celebrate with us the third week of November each and every year!

  • 2016: November 13-19  --  Theme: Explore the Power of Parks
  • 2017: November 12-18
  • 2018: November 11-17
  • 2019: November 10-16
  • 2020: November 15-21


Too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens. National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to raise awareness to this dangerous deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life. 

Each year more than 100,000 Americans actively participate in Geography Awareness Week (GeoWeek). Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP) encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Each third week of November, students, families and community members focus on the importance of geography by hosting events; using lessons, games, and challenges in the classroom; and often meeting with policymakers and business leaders as part of that year’s activities. Geography Awareness Week is supported by year-long access to materials and resources for teachers, parents, community activists and all geographically minded global citizens.  --  from National Geographic Society About GAW page


The GeoWeek website will give you information and resources to celebrate this year's theme. Search the Archive Collection for previous themes and resources.

You are encouraged to search the PAESTA Classroom for geography-themed resources. Our map exercises will prove especially helpful in getting students to practice building their spatial relation skills and understanding. We also hope you find these social media and PSA announcements helpful to share with your students and in your school during GAW! Celebrate the connections between Earth and space science and geography!