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WHO WILL BE THE NEXT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE CHAMPION? Watch Here ON MAY 24.

Congratulations to our 54 state and territory champions! These amazing students will be competing in the national championship in Washington, D.C., May 20–23. National Geographic will stream the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship here starting on May 24

The national Bee champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society (including a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine), and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the voyage is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Second- and third-place finishers in the national competition will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

Looking to find out who competed in your State Bee? Please visit the State Bee homepage to learn more.

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Important Bee Dates

Aug. 2, 2017

Early, discounted registration opens ($120); check/credit card payments accepted

Oct. 2, 2017

School Bee materials available for download

Oct. 2, 2017 – Feb. 2, 2018

School bees held; date and time determined locally

Dec. 22, 2017 – Jan. 26, 2018

Registration limited to credit card transactions only ($140)

Jan. 26, 2018

Bee registration closes

Feb. 2, 2018

Deadline for completion of state bee qualifying tests

March 2, 2018

Notification date for state qualifiers

April 6, 2018

State bees

May 20-23, 2018

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

2017 National Geographic Bee


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