Skip to content



New distance-learning options available for schools!

The National Geographic GeoBee is an academic competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. The annual competition is open to students in fourth through eighth grades (4-8), in public schools, private schools, and homeschools in the United States and its territories, as well as the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS). Nationwide, nearly 10,000 schools participate in the GeoBee each year.

Beginning fall 2020, the National Geographic GeoBee is moving to a new model to streamline and modernize the competition to provide more flexibility, accessibility and engagement while also creating a more equitable opportunity for all students.

  New this year: 

  • For schools practicing distance learning, we are offering the option to administer the school-level GeoBee competition online. 

  • All state-level GeoBee competitions will now be administered online.

  • All school-level champions will have the opportunity to participate in the online state-level GeoBee competition.

  • Registration is now free for schoolwide Title I schools, which will automatically be applied during the registration process. 

School registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open! Schools can take advantage of our early-bird registration pricing of $100 until October 1, 2020. The registration fee will increase to $120 after October 1, 2020.

Registered schools will receive a suite of curated study resources to help students prepare for the competition and more than 400 school-level GeoBee questions covering geography, world civilizations, habitats, cultures, physical features, and more.  Also included are participation certificates for all students, achievement certificates for the top 3 students, and a medal for the student who earns first place. 

Register Today

About the GeoBee

The National Geographic GeoBee includes three levels of competition: school, state, and national. 

Schools register to administer a GeoBee and name a school champion. This year, all school-level champions will have the opportunity to participate in the online state-level GeoBee competition, a test administered by their school GeoBee coordinator. Schools will administer the online state competition during a testing window in early February 2021.The online test consists of two parts completed in one sitting, and results will be announced in two phases. In early March, once the preliminary results have been compiled, we will announce up to 100 of the top-ranked students in each state. In early April, with the combined preliminary and final results, we will announce the first-, second-, and third-place students in each state. The state-level champion from each state and territory will be invited to attend the National Championship. Additional details about the National Championship will be announced closer to the event.

Key Dates

  • August 3, 2020: Registration Opens

  • October 1, 2020: School GeoBee materials available for download

  • October 1, 2020–February 1, 2021: School-level GeoBee competitions held; date and time determined locally

  • December 18, 2020: Registration closes to pay by check 

  • December 21, 2020–January 22, 2021: Registration limited to credit card payment only

  • January 22, 2021: Last day for school-level GeoBee registration

  • February 1–12, 2021: Testing window for schools to administer the online state-level GeoBee competition to school champions; test results will be announced in two phases

  • March 5, 2021 (phase 1): Announcement of the top-ranked students in each state (up to 100 per state) on, based on preliminary results

  • April 9, 2021 (phase 2): Announcement of top three students in each state on, based on combined preliminary and final results

  • Spring 2021: National Championship held (additional details to be announced)

Explorer Classroom: Behind the Yellow Border with Mo Rocca

There’s much more to explore at National Geographic that inspires a passion for geography and learning. Check out this special edition of Explorer Classroom that goes behind National Geographic’s iconic yellow border and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiring individuals and careers that bring our mission to life. Join special guest Mo Rocca, host of the GeoBee National Championship, as well as other members of the GeoBee community (including past and present competitors!) to learn about some of the real-world applications of science, geography, investigative journalism, cartography, photography and expeditions. Plus, test your geography knowledge with a few surprise GeoBee questions from Mo!

Picture of students using the Geo Bee Challenge app
Photograph by Lori Epstein

Prepare Your Students with Lesson Plans and Study Resources  

National Geographic Society Education staff have collected resources to help students study for the GeoBee. Visit our Study Corner for study guides, apps, and Kahoots!

Looking for other ways to spark curiosity and wonder for learners outside of the classroom? Explore our Learn at Home Resources to teach, connect with, and inspire K-12 learners. You’ll find curated collections of geography resources, including activities, videos, maps, infographics, fun facts, and quizzes. The materials are free and easy to implement.

Updates from the #NatGeoBee

Moments from the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee

Top photograph by Brianna Dickson