Top Geography Students to Test Skills at National Geographic State Bees on April 6

On Friday, April 6, young geography whizzes across the United States and U.S. territories will participate in State Bees, competing for a spot in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee Championship in Washington, D.C., May 20-23, 2018. Up to 100 fourth- to eighth-graders in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, U.S. Atlantic and Pacific territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools have qualified for the State Bees, which are the second level of the annual National Geographic Bee. The first level began last October, when millions of students participated in contests at thousands of schools around the United States and in five U.S. territories.

Each State Bee champion will receive a $200 cash prize, the “National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd Edition,” and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state or territory in the National Geographic Bee Championship. Students that place second in their State Bee will receive $150, and those that come in third will receive $100.

The national Bee champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, which includes a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Second- and third-place finishers in the national competition will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

The national championship preliminary rounds, in which all 54 state winners will take part, will take place on Sunday, May 20, and Monday, May 21, in Washington, D.C. The national championship final rounds featuring the top 10 finalists from the preliminary rounds will be held on Wednesday, May 23, at National Geographic’s Washington, D.C., headquarters and will be moderated by humorist and journalist Mo Rocca. National Geographic will stream the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship starting May 24, 2018, at

Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting Geo Bee Quiz, an online geography quiz at, which poses 10 new questions a day. The National Geographic Geo Quiz on Amazon’s Alexa, the Nat Geo Bee quiz on Google Action and the GeoBee Challenge app are also available free for iOS and Android users. In honor of the 30th year of the Bee, National Geographic has also published an updated National Geographic Bee book, “How to Ace the National Geographic Bee: Official Study Guide, 5th Edition,” by Stephen Cunha.

Note to Editors: 2018 National Geographic Bee press resources can be found at


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