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Impact Programs

Now more than ever, our planet needs our help.

The National Geographic Society supports research, exploration, and conservation in every part of the globe every year. (Learn more about our scientific grant programs.)

We focus our attention on key projects that emphasize science, technology, and storytelling to help protect species-at-risk, better understand human history and culture, and conserve some of our planet’s last wild places.

Learn about our current projects, their impact and see the latest updates below.


Current Projects

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Beyond Yellowstone  

National Geographic Society is using a science-based approach to support wildlife-compatible landscapes in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and in central Montana.

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Big Cats Initiative  

Around the world, trophy hunting, habitat loss, and conflict with humans are putting big cats at great risk. See what we're doing to help.

Last Wild Places

Last Wild Places  

By supporting critical scientific research, fieldwork, and the development and deployment of innovative conservation solutions, we are helping protect and restore some of the last remaining wild landscapes on the planet.

Okavango Wilderness Project

Okavango Wilderness Project  

Traveling by traditional canoes and armed with cutting-edge research technology, Steve Boyes and team explore one of Earth's last and greatest wilderness areas.

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Out of Eden Walk  

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek is undertaking an epic experiment in slow journalism—a storytelling walk across the world in the footsteps of our ancestors.

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Photo Ark  

Joel Sartore is on a mission to photograph every species in captivity—inspiring people to see all animals with respect and wonder, and to inspire protection for them all.

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Photo Camp  

Photo Camp has partnered with organizations worldwide to give youth a voice since 2003.

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Pristine Seas  

Pristine Seas is an exploration, research, and conservation project that aims to find, survey, and help protect the last healthy, undisturbed places in the ocean.

Plastics: Source To Sea

Plastics: Source To Sea  

In order to tackle plastic pollution we are leading a multi-year initiative to investigate how plastic moves through watersheds and supporting solutions to keep plastics from ever reaching the ocean.

Space Archaeology

Space Archaeology  

National Geographic Fellow Sarah Parcak is using her $1-million TED Prize to create a platform that enables you to help find and preserve archaeological sites around the world.

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Year of the Bird  

Commemorating 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” to protecting birds for the next hundred years.


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Since 1888, the National Geographic Society has awarded over 13,000 grants to up-and-comers as well as well-established leaders in their fields from conservation, education, research, storytelling and technology. Our grantees help further understanding of our planet and generate solutions for a healthier and more sustainable future.

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Top ImageS (1-4) BY: PETE MULLER, MANU SAN FÉlix, Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark, and john stanmeyer. "Current projects” photographs: (beyond yellowstone); BEVERLY JOUBERT/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (BIG CATS INITIATIVE); CHRIS BOYES/national geographic (last wild places); JAMES KYDD (OKAVANGO WILDERNESS PROJECT); JOHN STANMEYER/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (OUT OF EDEN WALK); Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark (Photo Ark); Stacy Gold/National Geographic (Photo Camp); ENRIC SALA/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (PRISTINE SEAS); Randy Olson/national geographic (plastics: source to sea); Robert Clark/National Geographic (Space Archaeology); George Grall/national geographic (year of the bird).