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Archive Discoveries: Pioneering Mariner Electa Johnson

  Electa “Exy” Johnson’s love for the sea began in college when she boarded a schooner and sailed around France. On that voyage she met a crew member who became her future husband, Irving Johnson. After their marriage in 1933, ...

Winning Gold in Pakistan’s Karakoram Mountains Comes at a Cost

Rivers in the glacial valleys of the Karakoram, the towering mountains of northern Pakistan, swirl ice cold and the color of slate. Along the banks of some of these remote waterways, patchwork tents huddle like flotsam. Inside the tents live ...

Endangered Vultures Critical to Disease Control in Africa

  National Geographic Society grantee Corinne Kendall studied vulture biology and conservation at Princeton and now works for North Carolina Zoo putting her knowledge to work in on-the-ground (and in-the-sky) research in Tanzania. She’s also passionate about education, managing ...

James Clarke Welling: A Champion of Education in the Nation’s Capital

The thirty-three founders of the National Geographic Society were an adventurous and accomplished group. They included scientists, explorers, a journalist and a superintendent of the National Zoo. In recognition of the National Geographic Society’s recent 130th anniversary this series ...

Traveling the World to Study Its Waters

The 33 founders of the National Geographic Society were an adventurous and accomplished group. They included scientists, explorers, a journalist and a superintendent of the National Zoo. In recognition of the National Geographic Society’s upcoming 130th anniversary this series takes ...

National Geographic Society Announces Competition to Combat Illegal Fishing: Society’s Marine Protection Prize will award $450,000 for innovative solutions and technologies that protect and sustain fisheries in coastal communities

The National Geographic Society today announced the opening of registration for the 2017 Marine Protection Prize. The competition will source the best uses of technology and data collection to help combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing affecting island nations and ...

Leading Conservationists to Gather in Washington, D.C., to Celebrate Planet’s First-Ever Half-Earth Day: Inaugural, All-Day Event on Oct. 23 Features Special Guests, Including Eminent Biologist Edward O. Wilson and Legendary Recording Artist Paul Simon

The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation today announced the planet’s first Half-Earth Day to take place at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23. Studies show that if we conserve half of our land and seas, at ...

Niue Creates Large-Scale Marine Protected Area Encompassing 40% of the Nation’s EEZ: The Government of Niue and Tofia Niue, National Geographic, Oceans 5 and others are proud and excited to announce the creation of a large-scale marine protected area around Beveridge Reef and Niue.

Alofe, Niue (Thursday, October 5, 2017)—The Government of Niue today announced the creation of a large-scale marine protected area (LSMPA) encompassing 40 percent of the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone. The LSMPA will include Niue, a remote island nation in the South ...

Museum & Events

Retrospective of National Geographic Photographer’s Groundbreaking Work, ‘Wild: Michael Nichols,’ Opens at National Geographic Museum Oct. 12: Features extraordinary images of wildlife and wild places through the eyes of legendary photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols

Photography has been an indispensable tool in National Geographic’s nearly 130-year history of advancing global understanding and inspiring solutions for the greater good. A new exhibition, “Wild: Michael Nichols,” opening at the National Geographic Museum on Oct. 12, exemplifies the ...