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In Search of Tomorrow’s Young Explorers Today

Ever had a taste for adventure or an insatiable desire to explore about the world around you? We have a grant for that.

Today National Geographic is hosting its 13th Young Explorers Workshop at Cornell University where students will be offered the chance to learn the ins and outs of applying for a Young Explorers grant. Hosted at various universities throughout the year, the workshop provides a place for grantee hopefuls to flush out project ideas and receive coaching from actual NG staff members, current grantees, and former young explorers.

Here to help give students tips on how to make their project stand above the rest, we’re joined by three former young explorers- biologist Rayna Bell, photographer Drew Fulton, and filmmaker Trip Jennings. Also in attendance, the esteemed duo, photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Ed Scholes will provide their seasoned perspective on how to begin career in the field.

An added treat to the evening agenda, Tim and Ed will also kick off the world premiere of the Birds of Paradise tour with their first event An Evening of Exploration. Their national tour will occur congruently with the release of their new book and National Geographic Channel television show.

Bummed you couldn’t join the fun? You don’t have to be at our Young Explorers workshop to apply for a Young Explorers grant. For the nuts and bolts on how to apply check out Young Explorers Grants.

In the meantime, stay tuned for updates, interviews, and more from today’s Young Explorers Workshop on NewsWatch!

  • Jack

    Amazing Idea ,
    How can i have such opportunity to be part of something like this ??!!

  • Celine Jennison

    A huge thank you to all those who organized yesterday’s wonderful event- very inspirational indeed! I am ready to pack my bags and go explore!

  • chigoziri

    Pls, I’d like to explore for NG. . . .there are many natural attractions over here. . .marine, geological, animals etc. . .how can I get a chance??

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