National Geographic

Making an Impact for the Planet

We fund and support groundbreaking scientists, conservationists, educators, and storytellers. Every one of them is a National Geographic Explorer – infinitely curious about our planet, committed to understanding it, and passionate about helping make it better.


Fieldwork Map

Get to know the people and projects we’ve funded around the world.


Explore the Map



2017 National Geographic Emerging explorers

Meet our new class of innovators and change-makers.

Empowering Explorers

Our Grant Programs

Our Grant Programs  

Every year we give out hundreds of grants to bold people with transformative ideas. These grant recipients are–and have always been–the heart and soul of what we do.

Our Awards

Our Awards  

We honor the most outstanding achievements of our Explorers, as well as other groundbreakers, through four special awards.

Picture of Andres Ruzo in Peruvian Forrest

Explorer Resources  

We support key programs focusing on understanding our human story, studying our changing planet, and protecting its most critically threatened species and habitats.

Latest Explorer Updates



Explorers in the Classroom

We bring the world alive in classrooms through live video conversations with Nat Geo explorers in the field.

top image (Adjany Costa): James Kydd/National geographic; Emerging Explorers: Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim; Explorers in the classroom: Winn brewer/National Geographic