Spark curiosity, empower exploration, inspire change
Science and exploration are our foundation — storytelling and education are our superpowers.
We are a global non-profit that funds the best and brightest individuals around the world dedicated to our mission to use the power of science, exploration, education, and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world.
Our Explorers are advancing new knowledge and leading conservation programs with outsized impact to protect nature, wildlife, and historical places. They’re documenting the wonder of our world—including its beauty, mystery, and the threats it faces—and inspiring people to care and act on behalf of our planet and its people.
Invest in passionate people
and impactful programs
We identify, invest in, and support a diverse, global community of National Geographic Explorers who exemplify our mission and form the heart and soul of the Society. Collectively, these 6,000+ bold individuals represent more than 140 countries and a vast array of backgrounds, perspectives, and fields.
Our Explorers and Explorer-led programs focus on five areas of impact.
Photo Credits from top of page: Kostadin Luchansky, Joel Sartore, Larry Levine (illustrations), Michael Nichols, Andy Mann. Below: Michael Nichols, Andy Mann, Paul Nicklen, Ami Vitale, Christian Tryon, Kenneth Garrett, Mark Thiessen.