2016–2017 Impact Report
A Planet in Balance
EVERY LIVING THING DEPENDS ON A PLANET IN BALANCE
9.8 billion people will inhabit the earth by 2050
THOUSANDS OF SPECIES ARE AT RISK OF EXTINCTION
WE'RE PUTTING TOO MUCH PRESSURE
ON THE EARTH AND ITS RESOURCES
NOW IS THE TIME TO FIND BOLD SOLUTIONS
TO THE CHALLENGES WE FACE
You've helped us give more than
with the potential to change the world for the better
Since our first grant in 1890 to explore the uncharted Mount St. Elias region of Alaska, the National Geographic Society has awarded grants for conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology to applicants working across the globe. We support projects that are bold, innovative, and transformative. And we invest in projects led by the best scientists and explorers, some early in their careers and others with a demonstrated history of impact in their chosen field.
You've helped protect more than
of ocean habitat
You've helped prevent more than
Big cat mortalities
Our Big Cats Initiative supports scientists and conservationists working to help big cats and communities thrive together.
The goal: Stop the decline of big cats in the wild.
You've helped us explore
of the Okavango River Basin
to help protect it
The Okavango Wilderness Project is helping to save one of Africa's richest places for biodiversity, home of the world's largest remaining elephant populations and an area that sustains more than one million people.
The goal: Increase formal protection of the Okavango River Basin for generations to come.
You've helped document more than
to inspire people to save them
Photo Ark is a multiyear effort to photograph every species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts.
The goal: Protect at-risk species and their critical habitats before it's too late.
You've helped us embark on a 10-year journey along the pathways of human migration, exploring the issues of our time as told through the stories of everyday people
Guided by the latest scientific discoveries and propelled by insightful storytelling, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek is re-walking the original 21,000-mile route of the first human ancestors who migrated out of Africa during the Stone Age.
The goal: Explore and document cultures and landscapes along the path of human migration to gain a better understanding of who we are as a species and our relationship with the natural world.
You've helped wildlife and people thrive together in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem
National Geographic is working to restore the movement of animals large and small across Yellowstone and beyond.
The goal: Address the challenges of species recovery and migration across public and private lands while respecting the needs of local communities.
You've helped us empower the next generation of visual storytellers through photo camps in more than 20 countries across the globe
National Geographic has sponsored 79 Photo Camps reaching 2,500 students.
The goal: Help young people in underserved communities use photography to tell their own stories.
You've helped us put Explorer magazine in the hands of more than 10 million students
Explorer magazine engages students and teachers with content that celebrates the power of science and exploration.
The goal: Be a trusted and engaging source of information about the world for students and educators.
You've helped 120 million students learn about our interconnected world through the National Geographic Bee
The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition that encourages young people to learn about the people and places of our world and awards scholarships to students in the United States. Students in grades four through eight from 10,000 schools compete for the title of National Geographic Bee Champion
The goal: Inspire a new generation of informed, geo-literate citizens.
You've helped us expand the field for women and early-career innovators
National Geographic is empowering women and promising young scientists by providing increased funding, training, and mentorship opportunities.
The goal: Build a more diverse scientific community.
You've helped nearly 500 scientists and explorers in seven countries use the power of storytelling to make a greater impact on our world
Sciencetelling™ Bootcamps teach National Geographic explorers, grantees, and educators how to communicate their important scientific discoveries through photography, video, and storytelling in ways that build global knowledge and empower us all to generate solutions for a healthier future.
The goal: Give explorers, grantees, and educators powerful tools to share their stories with the world.
You've helped us share stories about science and exploration with more than 3 million people through exhibitions and live events
National Geographic inspires audiences of all ages and encourages lifelong learning through exciting public events and exhibitions. These unique experiences celebrate the power of exploration and discovery at the National Geographic campus in Washington, D.C., and in world-class venues across the globe.
The goal: Introduce audiences to the world's best explorers, scientists, photographers, and innovators.
With your support, we're doubling down on science and education
We're Investing in a healthier future
And working together to care
for the world we share
You're changing the world
for the better
From top: Photographs by Randy Olson; Joel Sartore; George Steinmetz; Cory Richards; Justin Jung; NASA; Manu San Felix; Michael Nichols; James Kydd; Joel Sartore; John Stanmeyer; Joe Riis; Ed Kashi; Winn Brewer; Mark Thiessen; Aaron Sandel; Sara Manco; Rebecca Hale; Diane Cook and Len Jenshel; Brent Stirton; Mauro Sergio; Enric Sala; Michael Nichols; and Nathan Williamson
Video footage provided by Pristine Seas/Neil Gelinas; National Geographic Television; Okavango Wilderness Project/Neil Gelinas; and Nathan Williamson