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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.

Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from nearly 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic GeoBee Champion.

Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is now closed. The 54 GeoBee state champions will compete in National Championship on May 19-22, 2019, at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  

Watch the National Championship

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 2018 National Geographic GeoBee Champion Venkat Ranjan of San Ramon, California. Read more or watch the final round here.

Key Dates

  • August 1, 2018: Registration opens
  • October 1, 2018: School GeoBee materials available for download
  • October 1–February 1, 2019: School GeoBees held; date and time determined locally
  • December 21: Registration by check closes.
  • December 22, 2018–January 25, 2019: Registration limited to credit card transactions
  • January 25, 2019: Last day for School GeoBee registration
  • February 1, 2019: Deadline for completion of online State GeoBee qualifying test
  • March 4, 2019: State GeoBee qualifiers announced on
  • March 29, 2019: State GeoBees held
  • May 19-22, 2019: National Championship held at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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

Welcome to the National Geographic 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).

Meet the 2018 GeOBEE Finalists



Looking back to THE FIRST 30 years of the National Geographic GEOBEE

Moments from the 2018 National Geographic GeoBee

Top photograph by Rebecca Drobis