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Kids are natural explorers and tapping into that curiosity is key to learning. Junior Explorers is a monthly subscription for kids ages 6 -11. The program combines online games and a home connection to engage kids with the information and teach them about our planet.
In addition to introducing kids to animals and our amazing world, the Junior Explorers program lets kids earn points to make donations to environmental organizations. As kids learn about the earth and its inhabitants, Junior Explorers also empowers them to help protect it.
The Junior Explorer experience includes:
A monthly kit
Kids love a kit! The first kit includes a biomes map, temporary tattoos, a pin, a bracelet, a water bottle and more.
Children explore the planet and learn about wildlife with online games. These are organized into “missions” for a more coherent learning experience. Exploring the Serengeti or the Arctic, kids gets lots of information about the habitat and animals.
Junior Explorers understands that learning is enhanced by connection. The kit includes postcards to encourage kids to share what they learn with family and friends.
Junior Explorers Blog also has activities and beautiful photos to extend learning.
Through Junior Explorers, kids learn to support the habitats and species they explore every month. As they play, they earn points that are converted to donations to real world conservation projects.
Observations on the Missions
We did two online missions: Mission Biomes and Mission Serengeti.
The online component is definitely for strong readers. Kids on the young end of the age range may need parents or siblings to help read the text as there is no audio.
We had the most fun with the Serengeti mission. It presented a problem and a series of tasks that included games like ordering a food chain, or distinguishing between similar animals. The Biomes was an overview with lots of good information, but the structure and tasks were less engaging.
Giving back was an excellent way to end the mission! We liked that we could divide what we had earned between the two organizations. Donating made us want to learn more about the groups and how they help animals.
You can learn all about the program at Junior Explorers. Head over and, as the official Junior Explorer sign-off says: Explore, Share, Protect!by