Mission Explore


Encourage children to #GetOutside with Mission:Explore

CVR_ME NP english front JPEGFormer Geovation Challenge winners Mission:Explore are launching a new book to coincide with National Parks Week. The new adventure book is packed with challenges for children to try out, perfect to encourage the family to #GetOutside with Mission:Explore and explore Britain’s 15 National Parks.

Mission:Explore National Parks is a collaboration with National Parks UK that challenges children and their families to become extreme explorers, natural navigators and wildlife watchers. Each member of the National Park UK family is a unique place, suited for discovery, curiosity and creativity – ideal to #GetOutside and explore.

There are 49 weird and wonderful missions to tackle, ranging from eating like a local to creating puddle maps or navigating by the stars. We caught up with #GetOutside champion Steve Backshall recently and put him to the challenge, take a look: Read More


Mission:Explore – a GeoVating success

Yesterday evening I had the privilege to accompany the GeoVation team to London to celebrate the launch of the Mission:Explore iPhone app.

Incidentally, if you haven’t downloaded it yet, do it now!

Mission:Explore were one of our original GeoVation winners and the launch of the free app represents a fantastic outcome. With 1,000 missions to complete, it helps teach children that geography goes beyond measuring contour lines and grid references.

Don’t forget if you’ve got a geography based idea and could use a slice of £25,000, you should enter this year’s awards!

The event was held on the Golden Hinde and as such had a distinctly piratey theme! Much fun was had but there was the chance to meet some very interesting people who were keen to get involved as this year’s GeoVation Challenge continues to take shape.

If you want to know more about the app, here’s a film I took of the Mission:Explore team on a recent visit to Ordnance Survey.