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Student Matinees

Bring Students Grades 2–12 on a Learning Adventure

Photograph of children at a student matinee

Photograph by Ben Gibbs

National Geographic explorers, photographers, filmmakers, and scientists embody the importance of living curious, responsible, and empowered lives. We’re proud to present these inspiring role models through our student matinees.

Matinee presentations are approximately one hour long, including a short question and answer session with the speaker after their talk. National Geographic Live Student Matinees take place in various venues around the United States and some international locations. Explore our matinee venues and speakers below. 



Meet Our Speakers

Each Student Matinee speaker has a collection of educational resources to complement his or her presentation, including classroom activities, reference content, videos, maps, and more. Use the resources below to enhance your students' matinee experience before and after the program.

Picture of man with rhino

Ami Vitale: Rhinos, Rickshaws, and Revolutions   

Use this collection of resources to engage students before and after a National Geographic student matinee.


Picture of emerging bee

Anand Varma: Beauty and the Bizarre  

Use this collection of resources to engage students before and after a National Geographic student matinee.

Picture of raccoons

Bertie Gregory: In Pursuit of Wildlife  

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Picture of baby elephants

Bob Poole: Gorongosa Reborn   

Use this collection of resources to engage students before and after a National Geographic student matinee.

Brian Skerry: Ocean Wild

Brian Skerry: Ocean Wild   

Use this collection of resources to engage students before and after a National Geographic student matinee.

Picture of Carsten Peter

Carsten Peter: Extreme Planet  

Use this collection of resources to engage students before and after a National Geographic student matinee.

Picture of Charlie Hamilton James

Charlie Hamilton James: I Bought A Rain Forest   

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Picture of David Doubilet and shark

David Doubilet & Jennifer Hayes: Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice  

Use this collection of resources to engage students before and after a National Geographic student matinee. 

Picture of Enric Sala

Enric Sala: Pristine Seas  

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Picture of Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner: Danger and Desire on K2  

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Picture of Hilary O'Neill

Hilaree O’Neill: Point of No Return  

Use this collection of resources to engage students before and after a National Geographic student matinee.

Picture of Jim and Jamie Dutcher

Jim & Jamie Dutcher: The Hidden Life of Wolves   

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Picture of chameleon

Joel Sartore: Building the Photo Ark  

Use this collection of resources to engage students before and after a National Geographic student matinee.


Picture of Keith Ladzinski

Keith Ladzinksi: Through the Lens of Adventure  

Use this collection of resources to engage students before and after a National Geographic student matinee.

Picture of diver in Dans Cave on Abaco Island

Kenny Broad: Exploring the Invisible   

Use this collection of resources to engage students before and after a National Geographic student matinee.

Picture of Europa with Jupiter in background

Kevin Hand: The Search for Life Beyond Earth  

Use this collection of resources to engage students before and after a National Geographic student matinee.

Picture of Kobie Boykins at work

Kobie Boykins: Exploring Mars  

Use this collection of resources to engage students before and after a National Geographic student matinee.

Picture of Lee Berger

Lee Berger: The Mystery of Our Human Story  

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Rendering of human on Mars

Mankind to Mars  

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Illustration of spinosaurus swimming

Nizar Ibrahim: Spinosaurus  

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Picture of penguin

Paul Nicklen: Polar Obsession  

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Picture of Colorado River Delta

Pete McBride: Chasing Rivers  

Use this collection of resources to engage students before and after a National Geographic student matinee.

The Power of Storytelling

The Power of Storytelling  

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Picture of Shah Selbe

Shah Selbe: Engineering for the Wild  

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Picture of Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle: Exploring the Deep Frontier / Blue World   

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Picture of Laman Scholes

Tim Laman & Edwin Scholes: Birds of Paradise  

Use this collection of resources to engage students before and after a National Geographic student matinee.