Giant Traveling Map Of Africa Visiting Concord University

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 28 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         






ATHENS, W.Va. National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Map of Africa is making a stop at Concord University’s Athens campus April 4-8, 2016.

The brightly colored vinyl floor map measures 26 feet by 35 feet and will enable area school children to embark on a mock tour of the continent, while learning about its rich history and diverse geography.

Designed for grades K-8, the huge interactive map will guide students through lessons and fun activities related to Africa’s climate, natural resources, spectacular animals and their habitats, famous landmarks, demographics and more.

Linda Poff, a retired Mercer County teacher and former Concord adjunct instructor in geography, will lead activities on the map of Africa. She says a number of area schools are scheduled to bring students to campus to participate in the hands-on, feet-on activities.

The map’s visit also allows Concord students assisting with activities the opportunity to enrich their learning opportunities, Poff said.

Accompanying the map is a trunk of accessories designed to enhance the lessons and encourage student engagement in content-rich games suitable for various age groups and class sizes. Stations will also be set up around the map with topics including mathematics and reading.

The map will be located in the Ballroom of the Jerry L. and Jean Beasley Student Center April 4-7 and in the Pais Fellowship Hall in University Point on April 8.

This is the fourth Giant Traveling Map to visit Concord. Maps of Asia, North America and Europe have also traveled to the University. National Geographic Giant Traveling Maps are produced by the National Geographic Society.

To schedule a time to visit the map of Africa during its stop at Concord or for more information contact Linda Poff at or 304-920-1212.

Visit to learn more about the map program.




Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086

if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.