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Visit our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition at the Texas State Aquarium and make a commitment to reduce your single-use pl...
07/10/2021

Visit our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition at the Texas State Aquarium and make a commitment to reduce your single-use plastic consumption. Hundreds of species of marine animals have ingested or become entangled in plastic, and it's negatively impacting our ecosystems resulting in traumatic environmental effects. Discover the story behind plastic through 70 profound images, videos, infographics and more. Grab your tickets today: http://on.natgeo.org/6182ynqRY

Visit our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition at the Texas State Aquarium and make a commitment to reduce your single-use plastic consumption. Hundreds of species of marine animals have ingested or become entangled in plastic, and it's negatively impacting our ecosystems resulting in traumatic environmental effects. Discover the story behind plastic through 70 profound images, videos, infographics and more. Grab your tickets today: http://on.natgeo.org/6182ynqRY

Hey, that tickles! Featured in our “Rarely Seen” exhibition is this image of an employee dusting off a display of bighor...
07/07/2021

Hey, that tickles! Featured in our “Rarely Seen” exhibition is this image of an employee dusting off a display of bighorn sheep at a retail store in Sidney, Nebraska. The taxidermied animals, mounted and posed in their natural environment, attract avid hunters and those who are just interested in looking. If you’re in New Zealand, book your visit to the Nelson Provincial Museum to see visual wonders through the lens of National Geographic Society photographers: http://on.natgeo.org/6186yVYcu

Hey, that tickles! Featured in our “Rarely Seen” exhibition is this image of an employee dusting off a display of bighorn sheep at a retail store in Sidney, Nebraska. The taxidermied animals, mounted and posed in their natural environment, attract avid hunters and those who are just interested in looking. If you’re in New Zealand, book your visit to the Nelson Provincial Museum to see visual wonders through the lens of National Geographic Society photographers: http://on.natgeo.org/6186yVYcu

07/06/2021
"SHARKS: On Assignment with Brian Skerry” at Telefonica HQ

Dive into the depths of the ocean to swim alongside Great Whites in our “SHARKS: On Assignment with Brian Skerry” exhibition now open at Espacio Fundación Telefónica Madrid! On display are photographs taken by National Geographic Society Explorer Brian Skerry in an effort to raise awareness about the status of sharks around the world. Sharks face many dangers as more than 100 million are killed each year, primarily for their fins. Brian’s photography shows that these magnificent creatures shouldn’t be hunted and feared, rather they should be respected and protected.fear. Grab your tickets today: http://flagshipstore.telefonica.es/epages/3591595.sf/es_ES/?ObjectPath=/Shops/3591595/Categories

Happy Fourth of July from National Geographic! 🇺🇸🎆🎇 Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday full of celebrations and f...
07/04/2021

Happy Fourth of July from National Geographic! 🇺🇸🎆🎇 Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday full of celebrations and fireworks!

Speaking of fireworks, this image from our “Spectacle” exhibition now on display at Museon was taken in Maincy, France and shows the Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte blushing with a crimson glow as a semicircle of fireworks arc across the garden and reflects in the pool below.

Happy Fourth of July from National Geographic! 🇺🇸🎆🎇 Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday full of celebrations and fireworks!

Speaking of fireworks, this image from our “Spectacle” exhibition now on display at Museon was taken in Maincy, France and shows the Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte blushing with a crimson glow as a semicircle of fireworks arc across the garden and reflects in the pool below.

Based out of Toronto, Canada, National Geographic Society Explorer Justine Ammendolia is a q***r marine biologist, plast...
06/28/2021

Based out of Toronto, Canada, National Geographic Society Explorer Justine Ammendolia is a q***r marine biologist, plastic pollution researcher, and science communicator who aims to better understand the movement of plastics in coastal waters and advocates for LGBTQ+ visibility in STEM. She co-developed the Placentia Bay Ocean Debris Survey—monitoring plastic pollution on Newfoundland’s coastlines. Currently, she is exploring the impact of the pandemic on our plastic footprint in the form of PPE pollution and is working internationally to monitor this waste.

Justine describes what #PrideMonth means to her: “Pride Month for me is a month of visibility, that means not only celebrating who we are individually but who we are collectively as a q***r community. This place of celebration provides an important space in which we can have dialogue to challenge ongoing issues that our community faces and how we can elevate and support each other to create a more unified tomorrow. Pride Month also provides a significant opportunity for those who are closeted to see that behind the door there is a community that loves and accepts them for who they are.”

Learn more about Justine’s work here: http://on.natgeo.org/6189yR6aT

Tune in to the Field Museum's YouTube tomorrow at 12:00PM EST for a live conversation between Dr. Jane Goodall and Field...
06/25/2021
A Conversation with Dr. Jane Goodall

Tune in to the Field Museum's YouTube tomorrow at 12:00PM EST for a live conversation between Dr. Jane Goodall and Field Museum President and CEO, Dr. Julian Siggers! Speaking from her family home in Bournemouth, England, Jane will discuss her life’s work, her commitment to conservation, and share highlights from the “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall” exhibition, now open at the Field Museum. You won’t want to miss it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS0zrEF3T3c

Join us for a live conversation between Field Museum President and CEO, Dr. Julian Siggers and Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & U...

Did you know more than 6.3 billion tons of plastic waste has been left unrecycled? Our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition a...
06/25/2021

Did you know more than 6.3 billion tons of plastic waste has been left unrecycled? Our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition at the Texas State Aquarium displays powerful imagery of plastic products that have been found from the Arctic to the Antarctic and from the surface to the seafloor. Learn the story behind plastic from its invention just over a century ago to its current mass consumption through profound images that showcase the urgent need to solve this issue and protect our environment. Plan your visit today: http://on.natgeo.org/6186yu9ip

Did you know more than 6.3 billion tons of plastic waste has been left unrecycled? Our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition at the Texas State Aquarium displays powerful imagery of plastic products that have been found from the Arctic to the Antarctic and from the surface to the seafloor. Learn the story behind plastic from its invention just over a century ago to its current mass consumption through profound images that showcase the urgent need to solve this issue and protect our environment. Plan your visit today: http://on.natgeo.org/6186yu9ip

Rainforests are vital for the survival of life on Earth and are home to over half of the world’s plant and animal specie...
06/22/2021

Rainforests are vital for the survival of life on Earth and are home to over half of the world’s plant and animal species. To celebrate this precious natural resource on #WorldRainforestDay, we’re highlighting this captivating photo from our “50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs” exhibition opening at the Fotofestival Schiedam in the Netherlands on July 29. Plan your visit to see this image of a Kermode bear eating a fish in a moss-draped rainforest by Paul Nicklen Photography among other visually stunning photos of wildlife taken by iconic National Geographic Society photographers.
http://on.natgeo.org/6184yuJx2

Rainforests are vital for the survival of life on Earth and are home to over half of the world’s plant and animal species. To celebrate this precious natural resource on #WorldRainforestDay, we’re highlighting this captivating photo from our “50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs” exhibition opening at the Fotofestival Schiedam in the Netherlands on July 29. Plan your visit to see this image of a Kermode bear eating a fish in a moss-draped rainforest by Paul Nicklen Photography among other visually stunning photos of wildlife taken by iconic National Geographic Society photographers.
http://on.natgeo.org/6184yuJx2

Today, on #Juneteenth, we commemorate a momentous day in American history and call to mind other significant—yet often-n...
06/19/2021
Virtual Field Trip | Revisiting History

Today, on #Juneteenth, we commemorate a momentous day in American history and call to mind other significant—yet often-neglected—stories from our past. Two of those stories are featured in National Geographic Education's Virtual Field Trip. Tune in to explore sunken slave ships in the Atlantic Ocean with National Geographic Society Explorer Tara Roberts and examine the truth behind the Tulsa Race Massacre with Washington Post reporter DeNeen L. Brown. These critical stories affirm that in order to fully understand our present, we must reckon with our past and revisit history. Watch their powerful conversation here: http://on.natgeo.org/6185yOtXT

This National Geographic Virtual Field Trip focuses on difficult but critical moments in history that are linked to systemic racism against Black communities...

Timeline Photos
06/18/2021

Timeline Photos

This week, Nat Geo Explorers from around the world came together for a (virtual) homecoming: our annual #NatGeoFest.

Huge thanks to our Explorer community for always bringing your energy, ideas, and passion to the table, and for all you do to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world 💛

Our annual National Geographic Explorers Festival kicked off today and we are thrilled to be joined virtually by Explore...
06/14/2021

Our annual National Geographic Explorers Festival kicked off today and we are thrilled to be joined virtually by Explorers from around the globe! As part of the experience, attendees can visit our virtual HQ in Washington, D.C. and explore our “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall” and “Women: A Century of Change” exhibitions. Get in on the fun and check out the virtual tours of these two fascinating exhibitions for yourself and tune into National Geographic Society all week long for exciting #NatGeoFest content!

“Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall” http://on.natgeo.org/6186y3PiQ
“Women: A Century of Change” http://on.natgeo.org/6187y3Piv

Experience the world’s most astounding phenomena through 50 striking images in our “Rarely Seen” exhibition at the Nelso...
06/13/2021

Experience the world’s most astounding phenomena through 50 striking images in our “Rarely Seen” exhibition at the Nelson Provincial Museum in New Zealand! In this photo taken by Cesare Naldi, Rajan the Asian elephant shares a moment with his elephant driver in the warm ocean waters off the Andaman Islands. Now retired, Rajan only swims for fun. Grab your tickets today: http://on.natgeo.org/6183yMVBS

Experience the world’s most astounding phenomena through 50 striking images in our “Rarely Seen” exhibition at the Nelson Provincial Museum in New Zealand! In this photo taken by Cesare Naldi, Rajan the Asian elephant shares a moment with his elephant driver in the warm ocean waters off the Andaman Islands. Now retired, Rajan only swims for fun. Grab your tickets today: http://on.natgeo.org/6183yMVBS

06/11/2021
From Studying Wildlife to Proposals All in a Tree Canopy

Tree canopies aren't just good for studying wildlife, they're also good for marriage proposals! National Geographic Society Explorer Kevin McLean studies and documents little-known arboreal mammals by setting up video camera traps in neotropical forest canopies. On a trip to Panama, Kevin took his long-term boyfriend, Dan, on his first climb, where they both were in for a surprise. You can learn more about Kevin’s work here: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/find-explorers/kevin-anthony-mclean
#PrideMonth #NatGeoPride

On #WorldOceansDay, National Geographic has updated its Map Policy to recognize the Earth’s fifth ocean: the Southern Oc...
06/08/2021

On #WorldOceansDay, National Geographic has updated its Map Policy to recognize the Earth’s fifth ocean: the Southern Ocean. This designation hopes to draw attention to the unique protections urgently needed in this distinct body of water that flows around Antarctica along with its fragile marine ecosystems. Our “Spectacle” exhibition Museon in the Netherlands displays remarkable photos of our ocean and other awe-inspiring scenes from our miraculous planet and emphasizes the need to protect all this wonder. Learn more about the Southern Ocean: http://on.natgeo.org/6188yz6CM
Grab your tickets to our “Spectacle” exhibition here: http://on.natgeo.org/6189yz6C3

On #WorldOceansDay, National Geographic has updated its Map Policy to recognize the Earth’s fifth ocean: the Southern Ocean. This designation hopes to draw attention to the unique protections urgently needed in this distinct body of water that flows around Antarctica along with its fragile marine ecosystems. Our “Spectacle” exhibition Museon in the Netherlands displays remarkable photos of our ocean and other awe-inspiring scenes from our miraculous planet and emphasizes the need to protect all this wonder. Learn more about the Southern Ocean: http://on.natgeo.org/6188yz6CM
Grab your tickets to our “Spectacle” exhibition here: http://on.natgeo.org/6189yz6C3

On #WorldEnvironmentDay, we’re focusing on ecosystem restoration in the spirit of this year’s theme of “Reimagine. Recre...
06/05/2021

On #WorldEnvironmentDay, we’re focusing on ecosystem restoration in the spirit of this year’s theme of “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.” Our “Into Africa” exhibition at the David Brower Center takes visitors through the wonders of African landscapes. National Geographic Society visionary nature photographer Frans Lanting demonstrates the importance of protecting the continent’s environment by capturing photos like these of water lilies and African elephants. With healthy ecosystems, we can enhance people’s livelihoods, combat climate change, and prevent the collapse of biodiversity.

Take a closer look at Lanting’s work by visiting the virtual tour of the exhibition or if you’re in CA, schedule your viewing today: http://on.natgeo.org/6186yJWFi

Happy #PrideMonth from our National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.! Follow along this month as we celebrate...
06/04/2021

Happy #PrideMonth from our National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.! Follow along this month as we celebrate our wonderful Explorers for #NatGeoPride 🏳️‍🌈

Happy #PrideMonth from our National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.! Follow along this month as we celebrate our wonderful Explorers for #NatGeoPride 🏳️‍🌈

Hey Texas! Our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition opens today at the Texas State Aquarium where you can explore the global ...
05/28/2021

Hey Texas! Our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition opens today at the Texas State Aquarium where you can explore the global plastic waste crisis. The exhibition raises awareness of the urgent issue of single-use plastic consumption which creates major hurdles to recycling such as properly cleaning and sorting the containers that flow into the waste stream. In this photo taken by Randy Olson in Dhaka, Bangladesh, women sort through a mountain of discarded plastic bottles gathered by waste pickers, which will be melted down and remade into new plastic products. Places like this provide employment and help remove discarded plastic from places where it can flow into the sea. Plan your visit to learn more: http://on.natgeo.org/6183yG0Oh

Hey Texas! Our “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition opens today at the Texas State Aquarium where you can explore the global plastic waste crisis. The exhibition raises awareness of the urgent issue of single-use plastic consumption which creates major hurdles to recycling such as properly cleaning and sorting the containers that flow into the waste stream. In this photo taken by Randy Olson in Dhaka, Bangladesh, women sort through a mountain of discarded plastic bottles gathered by waste pickers, which will be melted down and remade into new plastic products. Places like this provide employment and help remove discarded plastic from places where it can flow into the sea. Plan your visit to learn more: http://on.natgeo.org/6183yG0Oh

Dive beneath the surface of the world’s rivers and encounter life-size models of colossal river creatures in our “Monste...
05/27/2021

Dive beneath the surface of the world’s rivers and encounter life-size models of colossal river creatures in our “Monster Fish” exhibition now open at Exploration Place in Wichita, Kansas! Discover how these ancient fish play critical roles in their freshwater habitats and how people depend on them. Book your visit today to learn how you can protect these wonderful giants: http://on.natgeo.org/6185yGQWl

Photo by Mark Thiessen

Dive beneath the surface of the world’s rivers and encounter life-size models of colossal river creatures in our “Monster Fish” exhibition now open at Exploration Place in Wichita, Kansas! Discover how these ancient fish play critical roles in their freshwater habitats and how people depend on them. Book your visit today to learn how you can protect these wonderful giants: http://on.natgeo.org/6185yGQWl

Photo by Mark Thiessen

To close out #NationalPhotographyMonth, look through the lens to discover how longtime photographer Steve Winter Photogr...
05/25/2021
Shrinking Kingdoms: Leopards & Jaguars

To close out #NationalPhotographyMonth, look through the lens to discover how longtime photographer Steve Winter Photography uses camera-trap technology to learn key information about jaguars and leopards that helps us better protect them. http://on.natgeo.org/6189y17Ct

Discover how longtime photographer Steve Winter is using camera-trap technology to learn key information about jaguars and leopards that helps us better prot...

Exciting news—our award-winning “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall” exhibition is now open at Chicago’s F...
05/21/2021

Exciting news—our award-winning “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall” exhibition is now open at Chicago’s Field Museum! Produced in partnership with the the Jane Goodall Institute, the exhibition explores Jane’s life from her early years as an intrepid young woman with a dream to learn about animals in Africa, to her years establishing herself as a world-famous scientist, to her present role as an advocate for creating a better world for all life on Earth. Buy your tickets today to interact with a hologram-like projection of Jane, participate in augmented reality activities, step into a replica of Jane’s research tent in Tanzania, and much more: http://on.natgeo.org/6184yEUJg

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