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Our planet is at a crossroads. If we don’t act, it could be too late. That's why the National Geographic Explorers Festival brings together innovative scientists, conservationists, explorers, and storytellers from around the world to share their discoveries, insights, and solutions for creating a more sustainable future. Buy your tickets today to experience the Explorers Festival firsthand! You can also virtually attend a limited number of Explorers Festival presentations by watching the livestreams. And be sure to keep up with the festival on social at #natgeofest.







We’ve been making discoveries—and making an impact—for 130 years. Now you can explore this fascinating history firsthand with a new interactive timeline that takes you behind the scenes through rare video footage, photos, artifacts, and inside stories.

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National Geographic Society

National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in everyone for 130 years, through groundbreaking science, exploration, education, and storytelling that tackles the big questions, challenges accepted beliefs, pushes the boundaries of our knowledge about our world, and inspires audiences of all ages to become stewards of the planet we all call home.

We’ve given out more than 13,000 grants to scientists and conservationists whose work is making a significant impact—supporting critical projects like the Big Cats Initiative, which has helped stop more than 2,600 big cat deaths in the wild, and the Pristine Seas project, which has helped protect more than 5.2 million square kilometers of the ocean’s last wild places.

We connect the science and the stories, the people and the ideas, to light the spark that can make a world of difference.


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TOP IMAGE: Randall Scott