Washington, D.C.,
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WHO/WHAT: 2017 National Geographic Bee

Top prize: a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. The final and championship rounds will air on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Friday, May 19.

WHO:  54 state-level winners, ages 10-14, representing all 50 states, District of Columbia, Atlantic Territories, Pacific Territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools


Preliminary rounds

Monday, May 15, 9 a.m.

Preliminaries held in five different rooms; doors open for media at 8:30 a.m.; contest begins at 9 a.m.

Washington Plaza Hotel, lobby level, 10 Thomas Circle NW (near 14th St. & Massachusetts Ave. NW)

Final and championship rounds

Moderated by Mo Rocca

Wednesday, May 17, 10 a.m.

Doors open to media at 8:30 a.m. and close at 9:30 a.m.; mult-box provided

*All cameras must pull bugged HD feed from mult-box for final round/question

National Geographic Society, 1145 17th St NW

Both the preliminary and the final/championship rounds last approximately 60-90 minutes. Contestants as well as National Geographic spokespersons will be available for interviews directly after each competition.

CONTACT: Farley Fitzgerald, National Geographic, 202-807-3132, ffitzgerald@ngs.org

ONLINE PRESS ROOM: bit.ly/NatGeoBeePress

About the National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. Through our grants and programs, we aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

Farley Fitzgerald
Communications Manager
(202) 807-3132
NGS Communications Team
If you are a member of the media with an inquiry or interview request, please call during regular business hours or email
(202) 857 7027
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