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Educational Events and Contests: Geography

A collection of educational events and contests open to students and educators.

Youth Circle for Mother Earth

circle of birch trees reaching up to a clear blue sky.

Youth Circle for Mother Earth - Nominations are now open for youth ages 15–25 to be part of the Coordinating Circle. To self-nominate or nominate a young person, please click "Nominate Now" below.

Nominate Now

Canadian Geographic Challenge

The Canadian Geographic Challenge offers students [in Grades 4 to 10] the chance to test their geographic knowledge. Each year offers new and exciting questions created by geography teachers from across Canada that cover a wide range of themes and topics; from Canadian wildlife and global politics to water bodies and map reading skills.

All school winners will receive a medal and a certificate. Level 2 (Grades 7 to 10) school winners will compete at the provincial/territorial level online and vie for one of the coveted 20 spots at our in-person national final in Ottawa.

Register for the challenge, for free, today

Key Dates

Classroom Energy Diet Challenge

Classroom Energy Diet Challenge

Registration closes January 25, 2021 at 11:59:59 EST.
Challenge period: February 1 – April 23, 2021

Presented by Shell Canada and Canadian Geographic Education

Barbara Petchenik Children's World Map Drawing Competition

Upcoming competition

Details for the 2023 Barbara Petchenik Competition will be published in summer 2022.

The 2019 Competition Winners and Official Contest Website

The Barbara Petchenik Competition is a biennial map drawing competition for children. It was created by the International Cartographic Association in 1993 as a memorial for Barbara Petchenik, a past Vice president of the ICA and cartographer who had a lifelong interest in maps for children. The aim of the contest is to promote the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

The competition is organized every two years. In a national round in all participating ICA member countries, the national winners are selected, which are exhibited during the International Cartographic Conference, where the international winners are selected. The international winners can be seen below. To also see the national winners, please visit the Winner Map Collection at the Carleton University Library.

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF)

Canadian Wildlife Federation

Resources, newsletters, contests, and more to connect youth with nature.