Geography Awareness Week
Geography Awareness Week is November 14 – 19
Geography helps us to understand and engage with the world around us. Supporting science, exploration, education, and storytelling—and understanding geography—is more important than ever.
The geographic perspective is at the core of our work at National Geographic Society.
It’s a way of looking at the world, a way of understanding why things are where they are and how people’s movements and cultural, societal, and political interactions and movements impact all of us.
We use the power of science, exploration, education, and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world.
As we head into our 135th year in 2023, we’re committed to pushing the boundaries of science, storytelling, and education, and we’re making exploration more inclusive. We’re tapping scientists, educators, and storytellers in more than 140 countries; amplifying the voices of diverse groups of Explorers; and working closely with local communities.
We invest every philanthropic dollar—100 percent of donations—directly into our Explorers and programs.
This is what a Geographer looks like
Geography is inherent to every Explorer’s work. The geographic perspective helps us to identify connections and interactions within the world around us and inspire people to do the same through storytelling and education.
National Geographic welcomes Explorers from around the globe and seeks to build a community reflecting the diversity of our world. Everyone can be a geographer—the possibilities are infinite.
Join us in celebrating Geography Awareness Week
National Geographic helped to establish Geography Awareness Week to inspire everyday people to be part of a geographically-minded global community that understands geo-spatial issues and recognizes our impact on the world around us, and its impact on us.
Together, we can chart our path to a better world.
Organize a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day Event
GIS Day is the Wednesday of Geography Awareness Week. Organize your own GIS Day event to explain what GIS is and the importance of it. Visit GISDay.com for more information.
Apply Your GIS Skills to Give Back
Utilize GIS in your classroom, home, or office to solve real-world problems and offer solutions to your school, college or university, community, or organization.
Partner With a College or University
Consider teaming up with a university geography department to participate in a service, mapping, or GIS project or simply to teach students the value of geography education.
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