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National Geographic presents: Earth Explorers

Explorer of the Week: November 14

Explorer: Patrick King, II

Location: Whiteside Mountain in Jackson County, North Carolina (USA)

I went to Seattle, WA, a few weeks ago. Space Needle and delicious seafood aside, the thing I wanted to see the most was the temperate rainforest outside of the city. Imagine Jurassic Park meets The Shire from Lord of the Rings and you’ll be close. A friend of mine from the area recommended I visit Lake Cushman, so I did just that! I rented a car and took the 2 ½ hour a trip out to the lake, which is near Olympic National Forest. The lake was cerulean blue and crystal clear, full of huge trout jumping out of the water, and situated between mountain peaks covered in a mist that seems to be near constant that close to Puget Sound.

I explore because there is a whole lot of world out there, and we only have a little time to see as much as we can.

October 13, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Let your imagination run wild as you embark on an epic adventure! Step into the shoes of a National Geographic explorer as you take a journey to the wildest places on Earth. In this highly interactive exhibition you can discover the amazing animals and plants thriving in the most extreme environments. Through six immersive environments, you'll learn more about explorers who have risked life and limb to discover new places, help protect them for future generations, and discover new realms of scientific inquiry. Plus, you'll gain insights into the important roles that technology, innovation, and ingenuity play in making and documenting explorers' discoveries.

Want to be an Adventure Science Center Explorer of the Week?

All you need to do to submit is:

1. Find a favorite picture from your travels (could be local or not; could include people or not; whatever explorer story you want to tell!).

2. Write a brief description of the who, what, when and where along with an answer to the question "Why do you explore?"

3. Submit the picture and copy via email to with the subject line "Explorer of the Week."

We'll announce our new Explorer of the Week every Wednesday.

The Environments:


Embark on your grand adventure at Base Camp! Climb aboard an off-road vehicle used by filmmakers and scientists in the field with video monitors that show you actual footage captured by explorers in the ecosystems featured in the exhibit.

CHILL: The Polar Regions

Experience life on ice in Earth's extreme polar regions! Enter an interactive Arctic cabin and learn what scientists need to survive harsh conditions while studying polar bears and other Arctic life. In the Antarctic section, you can learn about penguins and other species native to this polar region.

DIVE: The Oceans

Can you handle life under pressure? Inside a replica deep-sea submersible, you can take a dive to study undersea life—and dive even further and discover thermal vents and bizarre creatures dwelling miles beneath the ocean’s surface. Learn about great white sharks and their hunting habits through a dorsal-mounted “Crittercam.”

TREK: The Rainforests

Step into the "outdoor" lab to get to studying! Hang out in a prep tent for a fun, self-guided discovery about life in the tropical rain forests—the wet, wild, and wonderful ecosystem that provides much of the air we breathe, safeguards Earth’s incredible biodiversity and may well hold the key to new life-saving remedies. 

CLIMB: Mountains & Caves

Descend closer to the Earth’s core and ascend to its highest peaks! In this section, you can climb a mountain and learn about the animals that make their homes there, and explore a crystal cave featuring glowing crystals. 

SOAR: The Savannah

Soar above the African savannah on a simulated hot air balloon ride! Get a birds-eye view on how ecologists use aerial surveys to study and document animal migrations. You can also learn about the tracking methods used by scientists and work through a puzzle matching animals to their scat.

National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers is produced by GES Events in partnership with National Geographic.

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