National Geographic Bee

Join the 11,000 schools participating in this year’s National Geographic Bee.

The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire  and reward students' curiosity about the world. Each year, thousands of schools across the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee, competing for college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion.

Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for the National Geographic Bee, and any paid school employee can register their school online. The National Geographic Bee registration fee is $100 per school until December 22, 2016, and $120 from December 23, 2016 until registration ends on January 23, 2017. Schools needing financial support can complete a Registration Discount Request form available here.

Win a National Geographic Workshop in NYC

National Geographic wants to reward the educators who inspire Bee participants with an opportunity to explore New York City! School Bee Coordinators get one entry for holding their own Bee, and an additional entry for each referral to a new school Bee coordinator.

See official rules.

Important Bee Dates


Aug. 3, 2016



Early, discounted registration opens ($100); check/credit card payments accepted


Oct. 3, 2016



School Bee materials available for download


Oct. 3, 2016 – Feb. 6, 2017



School Bees held; date and time determined locally


Dec. 23, 2016 – Jan. 20, 2017



Registration limited to credit card transactions only ($120)


Jan. 23, 2017



Bee registration closes


Feb. 6, 2017



Deadline for completion of state bee qualifying tests


Mar. 31, 2017



State Bees


May 15-17, 2017



National Championship at National Geographic Society Headquarters, Washington, D.C.


May 19, 2017

  National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD broadcast championship at 8 p.m. EDT


Meet the 2016 Champions

Where would the 2016 state champions create a National Park?
Host Mo Rocca interviews the 2016 champions on stage.