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Championing geographic knowledge

The National Geographic GeoBee is an annual competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will open August 1.

Nihar Janga, an 8th-grader at Canyon Ridge Middle School in Austin, Texas, took top honors at the 31st annual National Geographic GeoBee National Championship held on May 22, 2019, at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  

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The National Geographic GeoBee includes three levels of competition; school, state, and national. Schools conduct a GeoBee and name a school champion. The school champion takes a proctored online qualifying test and the top 100 ranked students in each state qualify to represent their school at the state level GeoBee competition. State champions then travel to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to compete in the national championship.

Congratulations to our 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Champion Nihar Janga of Austin, Texas. Read more or watch the final round here.

Key Dates

  • August 1, 2019: Registration opens
  • October 1, 2019: School GeoBee materials available for download
  • October 1, 2019–February 7, 2020: School GeoBees held; date and time determined locally
  • December 20, 2019: Registration by check closes.
  • December 21, 2019–January 25, 2020: Registration limited to credit card transactions
  • January 24, 2020: Last day for School GeoBee registration
  • February 7, 2020: Deadline for completion of online State GeoBee qualifying test
  • March 2, 2020: State GeoBee qualifiers announced on NatGeoBee.org/results
  • March 27, 2020: State GeoBees held
  • Spring 2020: National Championship held 
Picture of students using the Geo Bee Challenge app
Photograph by Lori Epstein

Study Corner  

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!

Updates from the Bee

About the GeoBee

Developed by the National Geographic Society in 1988 to promote geographic knowledge among young people in the United States, the National Geographic GeoBee is an academic competition for public schools, private schools, and homeschools in the United States and its territories, as well as the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS).

Watch the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Final

Meet the 2019 GeoBee Finalists

Moments from the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee

Top photograph by Rebecca Drobis