On January 13, 1888, the National Geographic Society was founded. A group of scholars, explorers, and scientists met to discuss the organization of a society for the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge. Two weeks later, on the afternoon of Friday, January 27, a certificate of incorporation was formally signed.

The National Geographic Society has made many contributions to exploration, science, and conservation. These contributions include assisting in the establishment of the National Park Service, exploring and mapping vast areas of the world, discovering sunken and buried treasures, and restoring archaeological sites. Perhaps most importantly, National Geographic writers, photographers, and producers have brought the world to millions of people—fulfilling the founders’ vision of increasing the diffusion of geographic knowledge.

For more information on the history of the National Geographic Society, click here.

Noun

management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.

diffusion
Noun

the spread of people, ideas, technology and products.

discover
Verb

to learn or understand something for the first time.

establish
Verb

to form or officially organize.

explorer
Noun

person who studies unknown areas.

geographic
Adjective

having to do with places and the relationships between people and their environments.

mapping
Noun

making and using maps.

National Geographic Society
Noun

(1888) organization whose mission is "Inspiring people to care about the planet."

National Park Service
Noun

U.S. federal agency with the mission of caring "for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage."

scientist
Noun

person who studies a specific type of knowledge using the scientific method.

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