Explorer magazines’ nonfiction content is authentic, engaging, and supports national reading and science standards. The K–5/6 classroom subscription includes seven issues that arrive throughout your school year.

Students at all reading levels are inspired by National Geographic’s storytelling, exploration, and stunning photographs. They are excited to learn about the world and our place in it.


“Passion and wonder are contagious. There’s nothing like National Geographic Explorer to spark kids’ curiosity and boost their desire to learn more!”

Stephanie Harvey, Literacy Consultant

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What's In a Subscription?

Bring authentic, engaging nonfiction content to your classroom this year!



2019–2020 Pricing (per student):

Full Year: $4.75

Spring: $3.75

Digital-only: $3.25

Full-year subscriptions include: 

  • Seven print issues of our 24-page magazine (Sept.–May) with Projectable PDFs
  • Seven digital issues with read-aloud text, games, and pop-up vocab
  • Seven Teachers’ guides with lesson plans, Blackline Masters, and activities 
  • Lexile-leveled nonfiction text that comes in six grade-specific editions
  • Seven full-color, two-sided classroom posters
  • Three articles per issue with content that supports national standards such as the Common Core ELA Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, and the C3 Framework for Social Studies.

Order more for your school and save! 

  • 10-149 @ $4.75 per student
  • 150-299 @ $4.51 per student (5% discount)
  • 300+ @ $4.28 per student (10% discount) 

Digital-only subscriptions are also available.

Spring-only subscriptions include: four print magazines (Jan.–May) plus all digital resources listed above.

S&H is an extra 10% of order total. Full year orders are accepted until October 15. Spring orders are accepted until November 15. Digital-only orders are available until January 15.

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