National Geographic Bee

Picture of National Geographic Bee

Photograph courtesy National Geographic

Congratulations to Our State Bee Champions!

The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students from 10,000 schools across the United States are competing in the 2017 National Geographic Bee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion.

Congratulations to the 54 students who will compete in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee held May 14-17, 2017 at National Geographic’s Washington, D.C., headquarters and moderated by humorist and journalist Mo Rocca. National Geographic will air the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Friday, May 19. It will be aired later on public television stations; check local television listings for dates and times. Tune in to see who will become this year’s champion!

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Important Bee Dates


May 14-17, 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


Nat Geo Bee Registration Notification

Sign up for an email notification when registration opens in August. The first 2,000 educators to register get a free National Geographic mug!

Provide your school address for the chance to receive bonus materials.

Meet the 2016 Champions

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