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The “Women: A Century of Change” exhibition at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum in Australia illuminates wh...
05/07/2021

The “Women: A Century of Change” exhibition at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum in Australia illuminates where women have been, where they are now and where they are going. Featured in the collection is this powerful image taken by Ami Vitale of a woman getting her head shaved on the steps of the West Virginia State Capitol symbolic of mountaintop removal and the many people who are sick or dying as a result. Plan your visit before the exhibition closes on May 22! http://on.natgeo.org/6186HhvVu

The “Women: A Century of Change” exhibition at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum in Australia illuminates where women have been, where they are now and where they are going. Featured in the collection is this powerful image taken by Ami Vitale of a woman getting her head shaved on the steps of the West Virginia State Capitol symbolic of mountaintop removal and the many people who are sick or dying as a result. Plan your visit before the exhibition closes on May 22! http://on.natgeo.org/6186HhvVu

To kick off #NationalPhotographyMonth, watch our past live event with photojournalist and National Geographic Society Ex...
05/03/2021
Through The Lens: Living Lullabies

To kick off #NationalPhotographyMonth, watch our past live event with photojournalist and National Geographic Society Explorer Hannah Reyes Morales as she takes you through the lens of her “Living Lullabies” project which illuminates critical issues facing women and children worldwide and how they impact families’ nighttime rituals. http://on.natgeo.org/6188HCMD8

Living Lullabies illuminates critical issues facing women and children by exploring families’ nighttime rituals. Hannah Reyes Morales discusses the inspirati...

Our “Spectacle” exhibition full of wonders, unusual phenomena, and amusing curiosities is now on display at the Museon i...
05/01/2021

Our “Spectacle” exhibition full of wonders, unusual phenomena, and amusing curiosities is now on display at the Museon in The Hague, Netherlands! This exquisite photography exhibition features 50 striking images shot by some of the world’s finest photographers and reveals moments of celebration and moments of utter chaos. Plan your visit today to discover our truly remarkable planet: http://on.natgeo.org/6184HAJjG

Shout out to our waddling friends for #WorldPenguinDay! Did you know most penguins are monogamous and have distinct call...
04/25/2021

Shout out to our waddling friends for #WorldPenguinDay! Did you know most penguins are monogamous and have distinct calls which allow them to locate their mates in large groups? They spend up to 75 percent of their lives in water and it’s crucial that we protect the ocean to ensure their survival for generations to come. In this photo taken by Paul Nicklen from our traveling exhibition “Polar Obsession,” a gentoo penguin chick peeks underwater and checks for patrolling leopard seals before tempting fate.

Shout out to our waddling friends for #WorldPenguinDay! Did you know most penguins are monogamous and have distinct calls which allow them to locate their mates in large groups? They spend up to 75 percent of their lives in water and it’s crucial that we protect the ocean to ensure their survival for generations to come. In this photo taken by Paul Nicklen from our traveling exhibition “Polar Obsession,” a gentoo penguin chick peeks underwater and checks for patrolling leopard seals before tempting fate.

Timeline Photos
04/22/2021

Timeline Photos

Wishing you a very happy #EarthDay! 💛 We are so proud of our Explorers who work tirelessly to help illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. How are you celebrating our Earth today?

Photo by: Brian Skerry #SecretsOfTheWhales

Earth Day Eve 2021
04/21/2021
Earth Day Eve 2021

Earth Day Eve 2021

Planet Possible seeks to inform, inspire, and empower us to live lightly on the planet. Join us and explore what’s possible with your complimentary 3-month digital subscription on us! Only for a limited time.

04/19/2021
Today, we commemorate the Titanic and the lives lost when the ship sank into the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean ...
04/15/2021

Today, we commemorate the Titanic and the lives lost when the ship sank into the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912. Oceanographer and National Geographic Society Explorer at Large Bob Ballard stunned the world when he discovered the wreckage of the Titanic in 1985. Take a look at these historical photos from our past exhibition “Titanic: The Untold Story.”

Now a pioneer of blue whale research, National Geographic Society Explorer Asha De Vos imagined the ocean as a magical k...
04/13/2021

Now a pioneer of blue whale research, National Geographic Society Explorer Asha De Vos imagined the ocean as a magical kingdom ever since she was a child. As the first Sri Lankan with a Ph.D. in marine mammal research, she hopes to change the narrative for other people who come after her to feel a sense of belonging in the field. Asha believes that our lives are tightly interlinked with blue whales—the largest creatures to ever live on the planet. Read more about her long-term blue whale research in the Indian Ocean: http://on.natgeo.org/6184HFEMm

Now a pioneer of blue whale research, National Geographic Society Explorer Asha De Vos imagined the ocean as a magical kingdom ever since she was a child. As the first Sri Lankan with a Ph.D. in marine mammal research, she hopes to change the narrative for other people who come after her to feel a sense of belonging in the field. Asha believes that our lives are tightly interlinked with blue whales—the largest creatures to ever live on the planet. Read more about her long-term blue whale research in the Indian Ocean: http://on.natgeo.org/6184HFEMm

To ride ocean currents, seahorses clutch drifting seagrass or other natural debris with their tails. The debris acts as ...
04/11/2021

To ride ocean currents, seahorses clutch drifting seagrass or other natural debris with their tails. The debris acts as a sail, whisking the tiny seahorse along with the current. In the polluted waters off the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, this seahorse latched onto a plastic cotton swab instead—“a photo I wish didn’t exist,” says photographer Justin Hofman. Visit our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition at Nauticus in Norfolk, VA to see the impact plastic has on the ocean and its inhabitants. Grab your tickets today before the exhibition closes on Apr. 25! http://on.natgeo.org/6183HLfuD

To ride ocean currents, seahorses clutch drifting seagrass or other natural debris with their tails. The debris acts as a sail, whisking the tiny seahorse along with the current. In the polluted waters off the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, this seahorse latched onto a plastic cotton swab instead—“a photo I wish didn’t exist,” says photographer Justin Hofman. Visit our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition at Nauticus in Norfolk, VA to see the impact plastic has on the ocean and its inhabitants. Grab your tickets today before the exhibition closes on Apr. 25! http://on.natgeo.org/6183HLfuD

Test your ocean knowledge as we countdown to #EarthDay by playing trivia alongside National Geographic Society Explorers...
04/08/2021
Virtual Explorer Trivia Night Feat. Brian Skerry & Asha de Vos

Test your ocean knowledge as we countdown to #EarthDay by playing trivia alongside National Geographic Society Explorers: underwater photographer Brian Skerry and marine biologist Asha de Vos in a virtual event created in partnership with District Trivia: http://on.natgeo.org/6188HLEpM

Learn more about Brian, Asha, and other National Geographic Explorers around the globe who are working to inspire, educate, preserve, and protect marine environments at natgeo.com/ocean.

Test your knowledge and play trivia alongside two National Geographic Explorers: underwater photographer Brian Skerry and marine biologist Asha de Vos. This ...

Happy Birthday, Jane Goodall! To honor the life and legacy of the legendary scientist, conservationist, and humanitarian...
04/03/2021

Happy Birthday, Jane Goodall! To honor the life and legacy of the legendary scientist, conservationist, and humanitarian, we launched a new virtual tour of our award-winning “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall” exhibition, produced in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute. Listen to Jane read a passage from one of her favorite childhood books, take a virtual journey to Gombe National Park, and hear behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the exhibition. To experience the exhibition in person visit the Field Museum this summer, opening on May 21. Celebrate Jane’s birthday with us here: http://on.natgeo.org/6185HxGbD

If you’re in the Netherlands, plan your visit to our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition now on display at the Continium! In...
04/02/2021

If you’re in the Netherlands, plan your visit to our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition now on display at the Continium! In this photo taken by Shawn Miller, the founder of Okinawa Nature Photography, a hermit crab resorts to a plastic bottle cap to protect its soft abdomen in Okinawa, Japan. Beachgoers often take the seashells the crabs normally use and instead leave trash behind. Find out ways you can help wildlife by responsibly reducing, reusing, and recycling your plastic waste. Tickets are available here: http://on.natgeo.org/6189HxpJv

If you’re in the Netherlands, plan your visit to our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition now on display at the Continium! In this photo taken by Shawn Miller, the founder of Okinawa Nature Photography, a hermit crab resorts to a plastic bottle cap to protect its soft abdomen in Okinawa, Japan. Beachgoers often take the seashells the crabs normally use and instead leave trash behind. Find out ways you can help wildlife by responsibly reducing, reusing, and recycling your plastic waste. Tickets are available here: http://on.natgeo.org/6189HxpJv

Watch a compilation of National Geographic Education’s Virtual Field Trips at the 2021 Environmental Film Festival in th...
03/25/2021
Virtual Field Trips | National Geographic Society Showcase: Virtual Field Trips | DC Environmental Film Festival

Watch a compilation of National Geographic Education’s Virtual Field Trips at the 2021 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital featuring our amazing Explorers! Discover D.C.’s geography, wildlife and ecosystems and learn about the contributions of Black Explorers past and present. Now streaming for free until March 28!
http://on.natgeo.org/6180HQezy

Virtual Field Trips bring learners into the field with National Geographic Explorers. In this special DCEFF edition, we'll join a historic expedition to the North Pole, explore DC geography, gather plankton in a local river, learn how to birdwatch, and fly to the moon with Katherine Johnson.

03/23/2021

Hate and violence towards Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have no place in our world. We remain in solidarity with AAPI communities that include our own Explorers, storytellers, educators, and staff.

Hey California! On #InternationalDayofForests we encourage you to visit our “Into Africa” exhibition at the David Brower...
03/21/2021

Hey California! On #InternationalDayofForests we encourage you to visit our “Into Africa” exhibition at the David Brower Center which underscores the importance of protecting landscapes in Africa including its forests. National Geographic Society photographer Frans Lanting captures what is at stake for the continent’s wildlife and wild places through his enduring vision.

Take a closer look at Lanting’s work by visiting the virtual tour of the exhibition or schedule your viewing today: http://on.natgeo.org/6187HsOZH

Hey California! On #InternationalDayofForests we encourage you to visit our “Into Africa” exhibition at the David Brower Center which underscores the importance of protecting landscapes in Africa including its forests. National Geographic Society photographer Frans Lanting captures what is at stake for the continent’s wildlife and wild places through his enduring vision.

Take a closer look at Lanting’s work by visiting the virtual tour of the exhibition or schedule your viewing today: http://on.natgeo.org/6187HsOZH

For #WorldStorytellingDay, we caught up with Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow Madison Wrobley who trave...
03/20/2021

For #WorldStorytellingDay, we caught up with Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow Madison Wrobley who traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal to document the reality of water scarcity among marginalized communities. After speaking with locals, she learned how changes in land use have impacted water quality and quantity in everything from wells and public taps to natural springs and community pipelines, which led her to create mapped narratives to show how water insecurity impacts a sense of belonging in the city.

“As an anthropologist, I learn from people's stories to understand the impacts of water
scarcity, and using that information, I work to create solutions for communities within
communities. I think that the problems we face are really the same everywhere, and by
showing these commonalities, storytelling has the power to connect us both with our
neighbors and those on the other side of the planet, and in doing so, can inspire hope
for a better future.”

Madison is a part of the @TheFulbrightProgram which celebrates their 75th anniversary this year! Learn more about Madison’s storytelling project and her effort to capture the untold stories of water insecurity in Nepal: http://on.natgeo.org/6189HSTn9
#Fulbright75

Follow along as we continue to celebrate remarkable women for #WomensHistoryMonth. Watch our “Expand the Field” event to...
03/16/2021
Expand the Field

Follow along as we continue to celebrate remarkable women for #WomensHistoryMonth. Watch our “Expand the Field” event to hear from linguistic anthropologist Sandhya K. Narayanan, paleoanthropologist and stand-up comic Ella Al-Shamahi, oceanographer Katy Croff Bell, and carnivore ecologist Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant—amazing Explorers who are pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge and inspiring the next generation.
http://on.natgeo.org/6186Hq8CI

Join us, on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, to hear from linguistic anthropologist Sandhya Narayanan, paleoanthropologist and stand-up c...

Plan your visit to our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition now open at the Museon in The Hague, Netherlands! From the Arctic...
03/12/2021

Plan your visit to our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition now open at the Museon in The Hague, Netherlands! From the Arctic to the Antarctic, plastic waste is found everywhere. Pictured here is a wave surfer surrounded by plastic items. See this photo among other artistic and journalistic photos documenting the growing waste problem and the effects of plastic on nature and the living environment. Grab your tickets today: http://on.natgeo.org/6186HWQa8

Plan your visit to our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition now open at the Museon in The Hague, Netherlands! From the Arctic to the Antarctic, plastic waste is found everywhere. Pictured here is a wave surfer surrounded by plastic items. See this photo among other artistic and journalistic photos documenting the growing waste problem and the effects of plastic on nature and the living environment. Grab your tickets today: http://on.natgeo.org/6186HWQa8

This #InternationalWomensDay we are spotlighting the inspiring women from our “Women: A Century of Change” exhibition wh...
03/08/2021

This #InternationalWomensDay we are spotlighting the inspiring women from our “Women: A Century of Change” exhibition who have raised awareness of bias, fought for gender equality, and advocated for women’s rights. Featured in the exhibition is this photo taken by Randy Olson of schoolgirls in Ghana carrying chairs to the opening ceremony of the Maranatha Maternity Clinic which was developed to provide quality health care to pregnant mothers in the community at a very low cost and sometimes for free. Every woman deserves access to health care and this clinic has allowed these women to feel safe throughout their pregnancy and delivery. #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021

Visit our virtual exhibition to see this image and celebrate the impact of women worldwide: http://on.natgeo.org/6183HWtkh

This #InternationalWomensDay we are spotlighting the inspiring women from our “Women: A Century of Change” exhibition who have raised awareness of bias, fought for gender equality, and advocated for women’s rights. Featured in the exhibition is this photo taken by Randy Olson of schoolgirls in Ghana carrying chairs to the opening ceremony of the Maranatha Maternity Clinic which was developed to provide quality health care to pregnant mothers in the community at a very low cost and sometimes for free. Every woman deserves access to health care and this clinic has allowed these women to feel safe throughout their pregnancy and delivery. #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021

Visit our virtual exhibition to see this image and celebrate the impact of women worldwide: http://on.natgeo.org/6183HWtkh

In the spirit of this year’s theme for #WorldWildlifeDay, ‘Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet’, we’re...
03/03/2021

In the spirit of this year’s theme for #WorldWildlifeDay, ‘Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet’, we’re calling attention to the role that forests, their species, and ecosystems have in sustaining our planet’s health and the livelihood of people globally.

Our “Into Africa” exhibition at the David Brower Center features the work of National Geographic Society visionary nature photographer, Frans Lanting, who captures images that spread awareness of the pertinent issues affecting Africa’s wildlife and wild places. Take a virtual tour of African landscapes through Lanting’s lens by visiting the full digital gallery and video tour of the exhibition: http://on.natgeo.org/6189HmMFx

#ForestsPeoplePlanet

In the spirit of this year’s theme for #WorldWildlifeDay, ‘Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet’, we’re calling attention to the role that forests, their species, and ecosystems have in sustaining our planet’s health and the livelihood of people globally.

Our “Into Africa” exhibition at the David Brower Center features the work of National Geographic Society visionary nature photographer, Frans Lanting, who captures images that spread awareness of the pertinent issues affecting Africa’s wildlife and wild places. Take a virtual tour of African landscapes through Lanting’s lens by visiting the full digital gallery and video tour of the exhibition: http://on.natgeo.org/6189HmMFx

#ForestsPeoplePlanet

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