This spring, as visitors walk through the doors of National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., they’ll travel from the remote, frozen tundra of the Russian Arctic to the depths of the world’s deepest cave in the Caucasus Mountains; they’ll hear fascinating historic accounts from descendants of those on America’s final slave ship and the last veterans of WWII; and they’ll venture into the archive to learn about incredible women National Geographic photojournalists, writers and explorers—including Dr. Jane Goodall—who have helped shape the way we see the world.
There’s an event for everyone this season, whether you prefer engaging happy hours and trivia nights or inspiring live talks and virtual explorations in our award-winning virtual reality theater. And, the Environmental Film Festival—a 10-day showcase of environmentally themed films—returns this season with the world premiere of “The Hope,” National Geographic’s new documentary on Jane Goodall’s incredible conservation work, activism and positive impact on our planet.
“The Hope” will also be a part of The Jane Goodall Film Festival—a daylong event comprised of six films from the 1960s to today sharing the remarkable stories from Jane’s journey and adventures in Gombe National Park and beyond. In addition to these films, our exhibition “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall”—organized in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute—celebrates Jane’s life and legacy from renowned scientist to her present role as an activist, mentor and advocate for creating a better world for all life on Earth.
Here’s a look at some more highlights from this season:
- Hear from Jane Goodall herself at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.! During the special one-night-only event, “An Evening With Jane Goodall,” Jane will share personal stories about her experiences with chimpanzees in Gombe National Park and more recently as a leader in community-centered conservation.
- Join four award-winning female journalists as they share the lengths they’ve gone and obstacles they’ve faced, and overcome, to get the story. Read even more personal stories and anecdotes while viewing incredible archival photographs of women over the past century at our “Women: A Century of Change” exhibition.
- Find an alternative to the typical happy hour every third Thursday of the month at Nat Geo Nights—where social meets smart! Grab a drink and explore Colombia’s tropical dry forests and lush rainforests, Patagonia’s iconic southern wilderness, Everest’s astounding mountain peak and Canada’s diverse and astonishing rivers, lakes and coastlines.
- Travel to extraordinary and hard-to-reach places in our 360-degree, immersive virtual reality theater. This season, come face-to-face with wild chimpanzees in Tanzania, scale Icelandic glaciers and dive into oceans around the world, climb into the canopy of a Panamanian rainforest, swim among the fascinating marine life in the United States’ blue sanctuaries, and meet the Komodo dragons who live on Indonesia’s Komodo Island.
For 132 years, National Geographic has used the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. All ticket purchases to our live events support the extraordinary scientists, photographers and storytellers who are helping to protect species at-risk, increasing our understanding of human history and culture and conserving some of our planet’s last wild places.
View the full list of speakers here and experience the wonder of our world simply by visiting National Geographic.