Connect with Innovative Explorers and Photographers this Spring at National Geographic: National Geographic’s spring 2018 season of D.C. live events kicks off Feb. 13

National Geographic’s spring 2018 D.C. live event lineup is sure to entertain with experiences for all ages. This spring season offers engaging student and family matinees, live talks, and happy hours with National Geographic Explorers.

Hear from veteran photojournalists, conservationists and storytellers like National Geographic Photo Ark founder Joel Sartore, National Geographic photographer Steve Winter, and National Geographic Explorers Wade Davis and Thomas Peschak. Journey to the heart of Florida’s everglades with National Geographic Explorer Carlton Ward, Jr. and dive underwater with Emerging Explorer Grace Young to learn how to protect the sea. Get insights to the human story as we explore elements of cultural experiences and identities that comprise our country. Prepare to be inspired by some of the season’s highlights:

  • Celebrate the #YearOfTheBird, National Geographic’s year-long initiative celebrating the centennial of the Migratory Species Act, a landmark piece of legislation protecting a wide variety of bird species and their migration corridors. A new exhibition will feature the assignment work featured in the March issue of National Geographic. “Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes” open from Feb. 13 through April. 30. Hear how the iconic photographer Stephen Wilkes created these visually compelling scenes and signature images – crafted from more than 1,500 frames taken from a fixed vantage point over the course of 15 to 30 hours during his talk, “Day to Night: An Evening with Stephen Wilkes.

  • Nat Geo Nights keep the celebration going with Bird Nerds! Peek inside the mysterious and remarkable world of birds—from the powerful African crowned eagle to the tiny, insatiable hummingbird—all while dancing to the wild beats of National Geographic Explorer and wildlife sound artist Ben Mirin. The season of happy hours doesn’t end there! Every third Thursday of the month learn from National Geographic Explorers going to extraordinary lengths to protect the planet at From the Frontlines; uncovering the mysteries of our world at Unexpected Origins; and pushing the boundaries of what we think is possible at The Science of Genius.

  • Adventure into the Archive to learn about pioneering photojournalist Eliza Scidmore, who led the effort to bring the now-iconic cherry blossoms from Japan to Washington, D.C. in From the Archive: Chasing Cherry Blossoms. And, hear from adventure photographer and National Geographic Explorer Cory Richards who snapped an unforgettable selfie that exemplified the fearless and rugged spirit of an explorer, affirming the phrase that an image is worth 1000 words.

  • Experience Titanic in an entirely new way at the investigative exhibition, “Titanic: The Untold Story,” opening May 30. Discover the surprising link between the 1985 discovery of the Titanic by National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Robert Ballard and a top secret Cold War mission. Hear from Ballard himself at Titanic: The Untold Story, during which he’ll share the fascinating tale that led to one of the greatest discoveries of all time.

  • Introducing Saturday Family Matinees! In our new Adventures in Exploration Saturday family matinee series, kids can learn more about our amazing planet through live stories from National Geographic Explorers, interactive games, and engaging films that highlight our work in science, technology, conservation, and exploration. Plan your families’ visit here, please note that this series is suggested for families with kids ages 7 and up.

The spring season begins on Feb. 13, which marks the 130th anniversary of live National Geographic lectures. The first talk featured anthropologist and geologist, John Wesley Powell, who was one of the founding members of the National Geographic Society. This season continues that legacy of offering fascinating storytellers who inspire a community of change. View the full list of speakers and events here to plan your visit before the season ends on June 5.

Want to become a National Geographic Explorer? Learn how you can apply for a grant from the National Geographic Society here. You can support National Geographic’s efforts to enable more cutting-edge scientists, conservationists, and educators like these to get out into the field here.

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