Our mission programs drive global impact.
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.
We invest in and scale a small number of signature, Explorer-led programs that can have outsize impact by combining the core elements of our vision: they leverage rigorous science and exploration while combining storytelling and education throughout the fabric of their efforts. These rigorous, multi-year initiatives are catalyzing lasting change across our five focus areas of Oceans, Land, Wildlife, Human Histories and Cultures, and Human Ingenuity.
At the National Geographic Society, our mission is to use the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to protect and illuminate the wonder of our world. Ranging from Internships to Virtual Externships, online education resources, National Geographic Photo Camp, and more, we provide students with immersive and virtual learning experience, inspiring the next generation of Explorers, leaders, and solution seekers.
Photo Credits from top of page: Cory Richards, Glenn Barit, Charlie Hamilton James, Manu San Felix, Michael Melford, Joel Sartore, Steve Boyes, Esther Ruth Mbabazi, Lynsey Addario, Charlie Hamilton James, Bailey Edelstein, Angela Nankabirwa, Mark Thiessen, Michael Scholl