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National Geographic Contributes Rich Content to Maps101

Through a new alliance, Maps101, the leading online social studies teaching resource, will now offer compelling National Geographic content, including maps and video footage.

Santa Barbara, CA, June 27, 2009 --( Beginning this month, Maps101 subscribers — K-12 schools throughout the United States — can access the National Geographic Collection that includes video footage, archival maps and exclusive activities. The alliance further enriches Maps101’s current offerings of thousands of engaging and interactive features for social studies, including history, geography and earth sciences.

“At a time when school budgets are stretched thin, Maps101 is offering more content than ever before,” said John Serpa, CEO of Maps101. “The National Geographic brand is synonymous with some of the world’s most inspiring maps and imagery and accurate content, and its maps and video footage are a great addition for our subscribers.”

Maps101 continues to develop new content in-house, including ever popular animated timelines, educational games and activities and Geography in the News. National Geographic short videos will cover a variety of issues from wildlife to political situations and other topical events. Also available to Maps101 subscribers is a collection of historical maps from the National Geographic archives, including maps of the world, continents, countries, space and more.

“We have acquired content from National Geographic that not only complements our current offerings, but strengthens Maps101 in less geography-centric subjects such as earth sciences,” added Serpa. “We are delighted to offer teachers across the curriculum some of the highest-quality learning materials available.”

“Maps101 is a clear leader in bringing quality content to the classroom. We view this as an opportunity to further extend the reach of National Geographic maps content in schools,” said Charlie Regan, vice president and general manager, National Geographic Maps. “Our assets will significantly enhance the Maps101 experience.”

Teachers, librarians, students and parents can gain access to the new material using their school’s unique Maps101 login. As with all content on the site, where appropriate, content can be projected, downloaded or printed. Unlimited access is provided to teachers, pupils and parents from any Internet-connected computer. Trial subscriptions are available free of charge from the Maps101 Web site.

For more information or for a free trial of Maps101 for review, contact Stephanie Jensen at (805) 685-3100 ext. 108 or email

About Maps101
Formed in 1998 as a division of, Maps101 gives the K-12 teacher a unique online resource for engaging, interactive, social studies content at a cost of only pennies per student. This dynamic online resource saves time by providing teachers with comprehensive, geography-centric lesson plans, maps, educational games and support materials.

About National Geographic
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 360 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; school publishing programs; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 9,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit

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Stephanie Jensen

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