National Geographic

National Geographic Bee

Join 10,000 schools and participate 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. Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2018 National Geographic Bee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion.

State Bee qualifiers have been announced! Please visit the state Bee homepage to find your state, learn more about the events, and access the list of champions who will represent their schools at the state Bees on April 6.


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

Updates from the Bee

Meet the 2017 Champions

Meet the 2017 Geo Bee Finalists

Which one of these funny, pet loving, and talented finalists will take the title of National Geographic Bee champion?

How Important is Geography?

The Bee champs tell all about the real value of geography. Spoiler—it’s more than just maps.