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State GeoBee qualifiers will be announced on March 2


The National Geographic GeoBee is an annual competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world.

GeoBee Coordinators: Sign in to the School Registration and Resource Center to download the materials and invoice.

State GeoBee qualifiers will be announced on March 2, 2020. Visit to learn more.

Registration for the 2019-20 GeoBee has closed. Registration for the 2020-21 school year will open August 2020. Click the button below to be notified when registration opens.

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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 GeoBee competition. State champions are then invited to compete in the national championship.

Congratulations to our 2019 National 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 24, 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
  • March 27, 2020: State GeoBees held
  • May 17–21, 2020: National Championship held in Washington, D.C. 
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!

Updates from the #NatGeoBee

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 open to students in grades four through eight, for public schools, private schools, and homeschools in the United States and its territories, as well as the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS).

Moments from the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee

Top photograph by Brianna Dickson