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Experiences for Educators and Students

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Education is at the core of National Geographic’s mission, and our lineup of experiences brings science and exploration directly to educators and students. In addition to the highly entertaining and educational experiences themselves, we produce and curate curriculum-based teaching resources for each event: lessons, activities, interactives, and more.

Explore our flagship events and experiences below, and head over to for our full educator experience.

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National Geographic Bee

Mark Thiessen

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.

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 March 31.

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Student Matinees

Photograph of children at a student matinee
Photograph by Ben Gibbs

National Geographic explorers, photographers, filmmakers, and scientists embody the importance of living curious, responsible, and empowered lives. Student Matinees allow students to be face-to-face with these inspiring role models, hear their stories, and ask questions about their work. Matinees take place in various venues around the United States and some international locations. 

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Photograph by Winn Brewer

A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place.

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Giant Traveling Maps

Photograph by Dan Beaupré

Giant Traveling Maps are enormously entertaining and educationally powerful tools for introducing geography and map reading skills to students, grades K-8. What better way to teach young people the power of maps and the limitless depth of geography than a half court-sized map of a continent on which they can explore, travel from country to country, hop around, compete, collaborate and have lots of fun?

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You Can Rent a Giant Traveling Map for Your School!

You Can Rent a Giant Traveling Map for Your School!  

National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps are enormously entertaining and educationally powerful tools for introducing geography and map reading skills to students in grades K–8.

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