Young Explorer Grants

Ensorcelled: Sorcery Meets Industry in Papua New Guinea

Riding on the tailgate of a two-seater truck as it rattled over bone-shaking potholes and pits of mud, Jacob leaned over and told me a local sorcerer was currently trying to kill him. I wiped a fly off my nose ...

Mardi Gras from Louisiana’s Cajun Country

Growing up in the Greater New Orleans Area, I thought knew everything there was to know about Louisiana Mardi Gras. I was wrong. I grew up with the big, spectacular floats and bejeweled kings and queens of New Orleans Carnival. ...

Crocodiles and Corals: Face-to-Face With Cuba’s Coral Reef

National Geographic Young Explorers Grantee Erika Bergman is sharing the thrill of diving in a submersible with classrooms and onlookers all over the world. With external and internal cameras mounted on her sub, viewers experience a new vantage point as ...

Living Embers: Yaghan Art, Culture, and Bone Harpoons

What if thousands of years of your culture, your stories, your identity were reduced to ashes? What would you do? Martin Gonzalez, son of one of the last speakers and full-blooded Yaghan, Ursula Calderon, has a simple answer. Seek out ...

2,100 Feet and Holding: Inside the Mind of a Submarine Pilot

National Geographic Young Explorers Grantee Erika Bergman is sharing the thrill of diving in a submersible with classrooms and onlookers all over the world. With external and internal cameras mounted on her sub, viewers will experience a new vantage point ...

How and Why Our Clothing Choices Matter

In a place where population growth is moving incredibly fast, added pressure on farmers in India in the wake of crushing debt and failed crops calls for a new agricultural approach. Genetic modification and organic farming present promising solutions. Young ...

What Happened to the Fires of Tierra Del Fuego?

Young Explorer Will Meadows is building traditional canoes throughout the world’s ecosystems and indigenous communities, using the vessel as a lens into culture, identity, art, environment, and innovation. —- Mountains of ice, vast, frigid, and treacherous waters, deep, dense, ...

The Surprising Power of “Sentiment” in International Work

In a place where population growth is moving incredibly fast, added pressure on farmers in India in the wake of crushing debt and failed crops calls for a new agricultural approach. Genetic modification and organic farming present promising solutions. Young ...

A Christmas of the Coastal Kind

National Geographic Young Explorer Alizé Carrère is researching an innovative method of agricultural adaptation in the Malagasy highlands that has emerged in the face of severe deforestation. Known to locals as “lavaka”, literally meaning “hole”, they are massive erosional ...

Journey Behind The Lens: Dodging Madagascar’s Plague Outbreak

National Geographic Young Explorer Alizé Carrère is researching an innovative method of agricultural adaptation in the Malagasy highlands that has emerged in the face of severe deforestation. Known to locals as “lavaka”, literally meaning “hole”, they are massive erosional ...

Reforesting Madagascar’s Highlands: A (Poetic) Lesson From Nature

National Geographic Young Explorer Alizé Carrère is researching an innovative method of agricultural adaptation in the Malagasy highlands that has emerged in the face of severe deforestation. Known to locals as “lavaka”, literally meaning “hole”, they are massive erosional ...

Step Right Up, for Emily Ainsworth’s “Worlds Apart”

After graduating from literature and anthropology programs at Oxford and Cambridge, Emily Ainsworth’s surprising next step was to run away to the Mexican circus. While performing as dancer “Princess Aurora,” Ainsworth photographed the expedition as a National Geographic Young ...