Tag archives for Nature

Happy Earth Day, earth-dweller! Perhaps nobody celebrates the planet we call home better than Neil deGrasse Tyson, whose hosting duties on COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey double as an excuse for him to geek out over nature. In honor of Earth Day, we’re going on a virtual nature walk with Tyson, exploring the most unique and…

By Heather Theunissen In this episode of Dr. Oakley: Yukon Vet, Dr. Michelle Oakley kicks into high gear as she preps the Yukon’s animals for frigid temperatures and a brutal winter. As one of the few vets who treks hundreds of miles across the Yukon territory, Michelle faces a particularly tough week as she tests…

For many Alaskans living in the Arctic wilderness, the physical toils of living off the land come second to the mental struggle of survival. Facing a life of isolation, darkness and cold, only the strongest make it through. On the season premiere of Life Below Zero, five groups of Alaskans overcome challenges in the wild and…

Tonight, the Troopers are back. An all-new season of Alaska State Troopers follows the group of policemen tasked to enforce one of America’s most  unforgiving terrains – hundreds of miles of rugged Alaskan terrain. Their backup may be located days away, but that can’t stop the team from responding by land, air, and sea, on duty…

Surviving in the remote Alaskan wilderness requires living a life of strength and preparedness. In anticipation of Life Below Zero‘s Season Two premiere, National Geographic Channel presents Life Below Zero Demands, an interactive experience documenting the skills LBZ‘s residents need to survive. For Sue Aikens, her life of perseverance requires zero weakness, as she’s responsible…

When your life is derailed, seek comfort off the beaten track. That’s the goal of Going Wild, which takes ordinary people struggling with difficult situations off the grid. Through volcanoes, up mountains, under water and into the most unforgiving environments on earth, Going Wild gives its participants a way out of their daily struggles, allowing…

With three teams left competing for the win, Ultimate Survival Alaska concludes tonight with a race to the top of  Mt. Augustine – a 4,000-foot active volcano in the middle of the open ocean. The journey to reach Augustine is nearly as difficult as summiting the mountain, as the teams race across 35 miles of punishing…

Before you explore the universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson in COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey this Sunday, revisit the origins of the incredible COSMOS journey. Nearly 34 years after it originally aired on television, National Geographic Channel will rebroadcast all 13 episodes of Carl Sagan’s ground-breaking series COSMOS: A Personal Voyage in a special two-day marathon of…

Can You Name This Coin?

For Ringy and KG, one small coin can lead to a huge fortune. On an all-new Diggers, the two metal detectorists travel to the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island to uncover the forgotten treasures of history’s elites. While in Newport, they stop at the Malbone Castle, originally built in 1741 by wealthy Virginia trader and…

Is your dream house a log cabin, beachfront bungalow, urban brownstone or something in between? Building Wild is collecting your stories about your dream house: where you’ve always wanted to live and why. Want to share your story? Tell us about your dream house by leaving us a comment here. Every week, the craftsmen of Building Wild…

When Deer Turn Deadly

Docile and shy, the deer seems like one of nature’s gentlest animals, programmed to choose flight over fight.  But once a year, male stags turn aggressive. During mating season, or “rut,” the stag’s hormones take over, turning the normally-calm animals into fighting machines, willing to fight to the death to prove their dominance. Tonight, Do…

In Salem, Missouri, a community of devout men abide by two divine forces: their Mennonite faith and their carpentry craft. Mennonite Made follows a tight-knit crew of traditional Mennonites, who practice craftsmanship passed down through generations to build one-of-a-kind log homes. Spearheading the log home crew are owner Norman Troyer and his family of crewmates: his…

Tonight, say goodbye to the most interesting man in the woods. Mick Dodge’s weird, wild journey navigating a subsistence lifestyle in the Hoh Rainforest concludes with tonight’s finale. On “The Harvest,” Mick embarks on an important mission to stock up on food before the impending winter months. His prize: chanterelle, a type of mushroom considered a…

If a tree is stolen in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Animal poaching isn’t the only theft of resources that criminals inflict on nature. Tree poaching, the illegal harvesting of trees in private farms, state parks and protected woods, is less publicized but equally destructive…

For Mick Dodge, living off the grid comes easy. However, for some of his other woodland friends, the outside world comes crashing in uninvited. On tonight’s new episode Passing The Torch, Mick helps his student and friend Will of Stone find a new place to live. Will is in the process of transitioning to an…

The animal kingdom is full of creepy, slimy, nasty-looking creatures – and many of them can save your life. Doctors are incorporating nature’s weirdest animals in unorthodox treatments drawn from ancient healing methods, Eastern medicines and medical testing, developing new ways to heal patients. Learn more about how your least-favorite animals are curing illnesses below.…

Twenty-five years ago, Mick Dodge left the modern world behind. He ventured deep into the Hoh Rainforest in the Pacific Northwest, kicked off his shoes (literally!) and made his home in the trees, hidden in the moss. He was only rarely seen by the outside world, until he agreed to let our film crew record…

Tonight, Big Bad Wood‘s season of felling trees, wrangling unruly crewmates and fighting for clients in suburban Boston concludes. On the season finale, the four Boston tree companies face challenges that could permanently alter their businesses. Owner Jay Malouf surprises Specialized Rigging and Tree Care greenhorn Ted with a formidable task: taking down his first…

Finished your holiday shopping early? Need a break from all the Christmas movies? We’ve got you covered with a day-long Diggers marathon, featuring all-new episodes that follow the adventures of treasure hunters KG and Ringy. The two metal detecting buffs “King George” Wyant and Tim “The Ringmaster” Saylor take their hobby seriously, traveling the country looking…

Military, Woodsmen, Mountaineers and Endurance: the four teams on Ultimate Survival: Alaska are equally matched and eager to win. Tonight, the teams set off on the Alaska Panhandle from Chichagof Island. Their routes will take them through the dangerous heart of bear country, home to more brown bears per square mile than any other place on earth. After winning…

America’s cities wouldn’t be complete without their urban parks, from the centuries-old Boston Common to Millennium Park’s modern architecture. Learn more about exceptional city parks from each region of the country. New England: Boston Common This year, Boston placed third in the Trust for Public Land’s annual rankings of America’s most park-friendly cities. The oldest urban…

An estimated five million species inhabit Planet Earth, united by the collective struggle to live and thrive. Nat Geo Wild presents One Life, a sweeping documentary featuring intimate, never-before-captured sequences of animal behavior, stunning habitats and breathtaking scenery. Narrated by actor Daniel Craig, One Life captures animal interactions nearly impossible to see with the naked eye. Culled from more…

Is your city a leafy oasis or a concrete jungle? While most United States metropolises boast more skyscrapers than sky-high pines, a number of American cities have worked to establish urban forests, ecosystems of parks, water systems and trees planted along city streets. Conservation nonprofit American Forests recently announced its yearly rankings of the country’s…

This season, Life Below Zero followed survivalist Glenn as he left the modern world to live as a primitive hunter in Alaska’s Brooks Range. Yesterday, Glenn reconnected with civilization for a Facebook Q&A before last night’s Life Below Zero finale, answering fans’ questions about life in the wilderness, appearing on the show and more. Glenn discussed the hardships of primitive…

After a long summer of battling the thaw, Life Below Zero‘s Alaskan adventurers are running on empty. On tonight’s season finale, it’s a Long Road Home for the four camps of wilderness dwellers, as they brace themselves for the treacherous winter ahead. Struggling all summer to scrape by on Chandalar’s dwindling food supply, Glenn needs help. Resources…