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Ignite a Spirit of Exploration This Fall at National Geographic

Learn about live events and exhibitions at National Geographic this fall.

Indulge your curiosity at National Geographic this fall and explore the social lives of wolves in Yellowstone, venture to manatee habitats in Belize, walk the ancient streets of Bethlehem, and meet the extraordinary people who live in the Arctic—all from the comfort of Grosvenor Auditorium at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. The fall 2019 live event season features insider events including a culinary introduction to food consumed in the world’s healthiest and happiest communities with best-selling author Dan Buettner. We’ll also hear inspiring talks from National Geographic Explorers like trailblazing photographer Jodi Cobb, whose remarkable images reveal the secrets behind hidden societies, or wildlife photographer Joel Sartore—founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark—who’s on a mission to photograph all species under human care in order to influence their protection.

If you’re craving a more informal experience, join us for Nat Geo Nights, our monthly interactive happy hour event where social meets smart. This fall, hear from explorers who brave the extreme environment of the Arctic; meet our Nat Geo Photo Ark EDGE Fellows who are doing impressive work around the globe in order to protect the manatees, tapirs, green turtles, and red pandas that live in their respective regions; learn about how our National Geographic AI for Earth Innovation grantees are harnessing artificial intelligence to help create a more sustainable future for us all; and travel to Africa’s last wild places to see how conservation efforts are helping to protect important ecosystems in Africa. Explorer Trivia Night is returning this fall for another mind-bending night of National Geographic–inspired questions where teams can test their world knowledge and see if they can beat our very own explorers.

No event season would be complete without our award-winning virtual reality explorations in our immersive theater. This season, we’ll go on a virtual journey into the Okavango Delta of Botswana and come face-to-face with elephants. Then, we’ll go on an expedition around the Earth and beyond, traveling from the depths of the ocean to the expanse of space. And, finally, we’ll go on a dive to the oceans of Costa Rica, Mexico, and the Bahamas to swim with sharks. These highly immersive events are an entirely unique way to experience our planet’s most extraordinary places with National Geographic Explorers as our guides.

This fall museum visitors will be transported to Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park where world-renowned animal behavior expert, conservationist and National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace began her pioneering career studying humankind’s closest living relatives—chimpanzees. In partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute, we’ll be opening a transportive multimedia exhibition on the legacy of Dr. Goodall. The exhibition, “Becoming Jane,” will celebrate her groundbreaking work and her present role as a leader in community-centered conservation and youth empowerment. Our celebration of impactful women does not stop there. We’ll also be opening a powerful photography exhibition showcasing women from around the globe and shining a light on what it means to be a woman today. The compelling photographs in our “Women: A Century of Change” exhibition—some current and some archival—were all shot by famed National Geographic photographers, and each of them offer a glimpse into the diverse and changing roles of women through time. Both exhibitions exemplify the influence and power of women throughout history celebrating where women have been and where they have yet to go.

At National Geographic we utilize the power of storytelling, photography, education, and exploration to connect people with the world and all that is in it. The live experiences at our headquarters serve as a portal to the world where guests are given the opportunity to interact with scientists and conservationists working toward achieving a planet in balance, experience remote places and connect with endangered species that need our protection, learn about fascinating cultures both near and far, and hear unforgettable stories from our intrepid explorers. Join us this fall season to ignite your spirit of exploration and leave each event inspired to do your part to help achieve a healthy and sustainable planet for all generations to come.

View the full list of speakers and events here and check out our Fall 2019 Season Brochure.

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