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Helping the World

The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization committed to exploring and protecting our planet.

Together with our donors and partners, we’ve helped protect 3 million square kilometers of critical ocean habitat, built 262 bomas to protect big cats, and made almost 12,000 grants to scientists and others in the field.


Science and Exploration

Your support funds scientists and explorers who are pushing the boundaries of knowledge.

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Critical Initiatives

Critical Initiatives

We support hundreds of important projects every year, but a few of our key programs—like the Big Cats Initiative—increase awareness and promote protection of our planet's most critically threatened species, habitats, and more.

Events and Experiences

Events and Experiences

Our explorers are always eager to share what they've discovered with the world. Through live events and immersive exhibits, such as Joel Sartore's Photo Ark Project, we bring the world to you.

Explorers and Grants

Explorers and Grants

The work of our global community of scientists and explorers, from our yearly class of emerging explorers to our grantees doing research in the field, is helping change the world.


Education

We give educators powerful tools to reveal our interconnected world—and inspire new generations.

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National Geographic Bee

National Geographic Bee

Our exciting annual competition teaches the knowledge, attitudes, and skills of explorers, empowering four million students each year to become informed and curious global citizens.

National Parks Centennial

National Parks Centennial

Parks connect us with the natural world, and inspire us to be better stewards of our planet. Use our resources to explore their wonders and challenges in celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial throughout 2016.

Educational Resources

Educational Resources

Our rich collection of free educational media including interactive mapping tools, encyclopedic articles, lesson plans, and more supports learning across geography, social studies, and science.


 

Let’s change the world together.

Join us and make a difference by supporting our work.

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Photos: Michael Nichols (lions, top); Brian Skerry (diver); Beverly Joubert (Big Cats Initiative)