Since awarding our first grant in 1890, we have been pushing the boundaries
to explore and document our world.
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.
Top Image (Enric Sala, Pristine Seas): manu san félix/National Geographic ; Fact Circles Image: Stephen Alvarez ; “Our Grant Opportunities” Image: BRENT STIRTON/GETTY IMAGES REPORTAGE FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORERS ; “Areas of Focus” Images: Michael Nichols/National Geographic (Wildlife), Matthieu Paley (Human Journey), KEITH LADZINSKI (Changing Planet) ; “Project Alignment Quiz” Image: Cory Richards