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Outpost: Base Camp
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Welcome to Base Camp, where National Geographic invites students and teachers to follow our explorers in the field.

Bookmark this page and report to camp each week for a different expedition. And be sure to pack plenty of virtual gear—fins, boots, oxygen tank, ropes, parka. There’s no telling where we’re headed next.

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  Featured Dispatch
From: Congo Trek
Portrait of conservationist Michael Fay walking through deep forest “[The elephant] put his head down for the charge, and I made another attempt to stop him, yelling even louder.”
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—Michael Fay,

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Photograph by Michael Nichols/Magnum
Outpost Expeditions

DinoQuest: Sahara
Scour the desert for seriously strange dinosaur giants with paleontologist Paul Sereno, who has already posted photo-filled dispatches on his latest finds!

an elephant
Congo Trek
Conservationist Mike Fay is on a yearlong journey through Africa’s wild heart. He’s encountering sights, sounds, and even animals unfamiliar to most humans. And so will you.

a dolphin
Blue Frontier
Dive with National Geographic explorer Sylvia Earle on the Sustainable Seas Expeditions, an unprecedented exploration into the U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries.

Hominid skull
In Search of Human Origins
From parched soil in southern Africa paleoanthropologist Lee Berger harvested tantalizing clues to our oldest ancestors. Relive his fossil hunt through photo-filled dispatches, and get an evolution overview.
More Expeditions

Andes Expedition: Johan Reinhard’s Search for Inca Mummies

Ballard & the Black Sea: The Search for Noah’s Flood

Contact in the Amazon: Finding a Feared Tribe

Everest: Measure of a Mountain

Fallout: A Film Crew’s Eye on the Montserrat Volcano

Fire and Iceland: Filming a Fuming Glacier

Innerspace: Filming Florida’s Deadly Underwater Caves

Inside Chiquibul: Photographing Central America’s Longest Cave

Kaikoura: In Search of the Giant Squid

Solo From the Pole: Will Steger’s Unexpected Odyssey

Sylvia Earle’s Sustainable Seas Expeditions