Our Mission in Action

Inspiring People to
Care About the Planet

Since 1888, we've traveled the Earth, sharing its amazing stories with each new generation. National Geographic's Mission Programs support critical expeditions and scientific fieldwork, encourage geography education for students, promote natural and cultural conservation, and inspire audiences through new media, vibrant exhibitions, and live events. Witness the mission in action, and get involved today!

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Exploration and Conservation

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The Jouberts created a new program to actively protect the Maasailand Lions.

Photograph by Beverly Joubert


National Geographic grants support exploration, research, and conservation efforts around the globe. Our grantees make exciting new discoveries every day in both traditional and emerging fields.

In the Spotlight

All Projects

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Sylvia Earle shows algae to a young explorer.

Photograph by Bates Littlehales


At the heart of our Explorers program is the quest for knowledge through exploration and the people who make it possible.

In the Spotlight

All Explorers

Photo: Johan Reinhard climbs the barren landscape of Nevado Ampato

Explorer-in-Residence Johan Reinhard climbs the barren landscape of Nevado Ampato.

Photograph by Stephen Alvarez

Grants and Programs

National Geographic's programs support critical scientific research, geographic exploration, and environmental and cultural conservation worldwide.

In the Spotlight

All Grants and Programs


Events and Exhibitions

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Scene from the All Roads film Crocodile Dreaming

Photograph courtesy director Darlene Johnson

Experience National Geographic in Person

Experience the world up close and in person at National Geographic exhibitions and live events at our headquarters in Washington, D.C., and in cities across the United States and the world.

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National Geographic Resources for Your Event



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Student photo from Photo Camp: Little Haiti

Photograph by Daphney St. Felix/National Geographic Photo Camp

Inspiring the Next Generation

We're part of a nationwide grassroots effort to enrich the geographic literacy of America's youth by inspiring students and sharing the best educational resources with teachers.


Press Room

Latest News About National Geographic
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How You Can Help

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Help the next generation of researchers, explorers, and conservationists.

National Geographic Daily News

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National Geographic Magazine

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What's in This Month's Issue?

Get photos, videos, stories, and more from the current issue.

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National Geographic Channel

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What's on TV?

Check the daily schedule for your favorite shows.

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National Geographic Online Store

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Shop the All Roads Film Festival

Own award-winning films from indigenous filmmakers around the world!

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Annual Report 2007

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View the 2007 Mission Programs Annual Report online.

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