Stories from the Field
July 25, 2016
We had an epic time exploring the Outback and camping under the stars. We’ll let our Gif’s speak for themselves!
Great Time in Sydney!
July 20, 2016
We are having a great time in Sydney! Yesterday we went to Manly Beach and split into our On Assignment teams. The photography group took pictures on the beach while the wildlife group did some snorkeling.
Later in the afternoon the group reunited for a surfing lesson. After practicing some of us were even able to stand up!
The ferry ride back to our hotel came with a beautiful view of the Harbor Bridge and Opera House. In the evening we attended a rugby game. While most of us had no knowledge of the rules, we all enjoyed experiencing the atmosphere!
Photo Highlights: Koalas, the Outback, and the Great Barrier Reef!
July 16, 2016
It’s hard to summarize our journey — so much has happened in just three weeks. Yesterday morning we left the rainforest after an incredible time snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, kayaking in Cape Tribulation, hiking in the Daintree rainforest, horseback riding on the beach, and scouting crocodiles from a boat. Check out our photo highlights!
Alex’s College Essay, Australia Expedition
April 11, 2016
Environmental studies are incredibly important to the welfare of humanity and the world in which we live. I have read articles from scientists comparing the Anthropocene extinction we are causing to popping rivets on an airplane. You don’t know which rivet will cause the plane to crash, but it eventually will. In the same way, the plane represents an ecosystem. As we continue to drive species to extinction, we will eventually cause the ecosystem to collapse.
Australia Expedition: Under the Sea
August 8, 2015
We’ve had the incredible opportunity to snorkel the largest coral reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. We boarded a boat in the morning and spent the day snorkeling three different spots, each with unique biodiversity for us to explore. We got to swim with turtles and some beautifully colored fish, and examine branching corals, and spotted rays, eel and even more sea life.
The Great Barrier Reef with Expert Ulla Lohmann
August 20, 2014
Australia had already been one of the greatest adventures any of us in the National Geographic student group had partaken. Nothing could have made it better, at least that’s what we thought. On our way to the Daintree rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world, we met Ulla, an extremely accomplished German photographer, our National Geographic expert, and the greatest explorer I’ve ever met. She made an amazing trip into a perfect one. She showed us pictures of her exploration into the depths of Papua New Guinea and of the indigenous people there. She presented her crystal clear pictures of the terrifying mummies that the natives made to preserve both the bodies and the spirits of their ancestors. Her life story simply inspired us like nothing had before, showing us someone who has truly traveled the world and has experienced the true power of the elements, from great storms to freezing temperatures to the raw, unadulterated might of active volcanoes.
Photographing Wildlife in Sydney
July 23, 2014
Although Australia is known for the iconic wildlife that roams the Outback and swims the Great Barrier Reef, our students didn’t waste any time seeking out and photographing iconic Australian species. During their first stop in Sydney, students visited the historic Taronga Zoo and Sydney aquarium where they captured the following shots: