National Geographic High Sierra Eco Explorer Review (Uncle Milton)

What It Is

The National Geographic High Sierra Eco Explorer is part of an entire line of National Geographic-branded toys designed to get kids outside and exploring. This is a multi-purpose tool that can be used for digging, collecting, and examining items in nature. All the pieces fit together in one tube. The Eco Explorer features a bug viewer, a searchlight/headlamp, a magnifier, a soil sifter, a recon tool, and a belt clip. The included strap converts the searchlight into a headlamp that lights your path. To do this, thread the elastic strap through the cap, attaching it to the bottom of the lamp and strapping the whole thing around your head. An Activity Guide is included that directs kids to, a website for kids to learn about National Geographic explorers, find fun outdoor activities, and more.

Is It Fun?

The National Geographic High Sierra Eco Explorer comes packed with a lot of stuff. Everything kids could need or want for exploring is included in the compact and easy-to-carry tube. Kids will enjoy using all the tools to examine specimens in the field, even if that field is no farther away than the backyard.

Who It’s For

The National Geographic High Sierra Eco Explorer is for ages 5 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

Three button cell batteries are required and included.

Because of this toy's complexity, parental involvement is going to be required. It took us awhile to figure out how it all goes together. The instructions are just drawings. And all the twisting required is not necessarily going to be easy for little hands to do consistently. Once you get the elastic strap through the cap to create the headlamp, it's not easy to get the strap out again. Configuring and reconfiguring all the pieces was such an elaborate process that collecting and examining specimens was secondary to figuring out how this all goes together, and it would get easily frustrating for kids. However, a kid who is mechanically adept may find all this intriguing and fun and get very involved in the science of it.

Do not look directly into the light.

Remember to always release any captured critters back into their natural habitats.

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    3 Cell batteries required