125 Years to the Day

On January 13, 1888, thirty-three men gathered at the Cosmos Club in Washington D.C., and made a plan to form a new scientific society that would support research and spread the word about their findings (see photos and bios of the founders).

125 years later, watching this video Hangout with explorers on all seven continents, I think they’d be pleased to know it worked.

To kick off a full year of celebrating this anniversary, we gathered explorers from around the world together with public participants for an epic Google+ Hangout to talk with each other about the new age of exploration in which we live. Generations after that meeting of just thirty-three men from across the United States, this event spanned the globe as well as the human experience, and ultimately involved thousands of people watching from their homes around the world as well.

Watch the highlights video above or the full replay here, and see below to learn more about these thrilling explorers and the work they’ve done and will continue to do, and join us as we keep doing what we’ve always done together: explore.

This gathering of explorers on all seven continents included: ocean explorer Robert Ballard in North America, primatologist Jane Goodall in Europe, Crittercam engineers Greg Marshall and Kyler Abernathy in Antarctica, wildlife conservationist Paula Kahumbu in Africa, archaeologist Cecilia Mauricio in South America, paleontologist Mike Archer in Australia, conflict resolution specialist Aziz Abu Sarah and biologist Krithi Karanth in Asia, cave diver Kenny Broad, research engineer Albert Lin, and long-time NG host Boyd Matson.

NEXT UP: Hangout with archaeologist Guillermo de Anda live in an ancient Maya cave, February 8th with NatGeo on Google+.


Learn More

“125 YEARS” Home Page

Full 90-Minute Replay of the Hangout

Google Map of the Explorer’s Fields of Action

Join the Society at NationalGeographic.com


Changing Planet


Meet the Author
Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of nationalgeographic.com for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.